Dental Van Operators Fined Almost $200,000 for Illegally X-raying Children

A mobile dental van operator that illegally X-rayed thousands of schoolchildren across NSW has been fined almost $200,000.

Downing Centre magistrate Hugh Donnelly said the offences committed by Sydney-based Australian Aged Dental Care Pty Ltd warranted a penalty of almost $700,000, though he was jurisdictionally restrained from setting it.

The company, which runs mobile dental clinic Smiles Onsite, pleaded guilty on the third day of its trial last month to nine counts of administering radiation without a user licence.

In sentencing the company on Monday, Mr Donnelly said the business employed clinic managers who didn’t hold a radiation user licence or have any form of training in taking X-rays.

The mobile clinic X-rayed up to 60 students per day and claimed Medicare rebates for the X-rays if they were on-sent to a radiologist.

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