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An Australian care nurse, despite feeling sick and awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test, decided to go to work at a Western Australian nursing home where she was employed. Based on the applicable laws and regulations, the nurse should have self-isolated and waited until the final result of the COVID test.

In 2021, the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) found that the nurse had breached the measures enacted by the government to avert the spread of the virus, thus engaging in professional misconduct. As a result, the Tribunal suspended the nurse from working for a period of 11 months and delivered a 6-month jail sentence. The Tribunal considered her actions as endangering, or potentially endangering, the health and safety of all the residents of the facility, namely elderly and other vulnerable groups of people. Furthermore, it found that such a violation of the prescriptions enacted to avert the spread of the pandemic also displayed disregard for the principles of public health and community safety.

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