Two-year bond for Malaysian Lee Zhi Sin, 27, who had pretended to be a medical intern for 7 months: She also gets a fine and has to pay court costs



Fake doctor fined $10,000 for ‘risking lives’ treating patients at crowded Sydney hospital – despite being expelled from medical school

  • Sydney woman found guilty after pretending to be a medical student
  • Zhi Sin Lee, 27, had dropped her medical degree after failing but accepted an internship
  • During her internship, she completed 126 shifts ‘at risk to patients and staff’
  • She was fined $10,000 and sentenced to a two-year intensive corrections warrant

By Greta Stonehouse for Australian Associated Press

Published: 03:33 EST, January 20, 2022 | Updated: 03:34 EST, January 20, 2022

A former medical student who risked patients’ lives at a major Sydney hospital where she was illegally interned for seven months while unqualified has been spared jail.

Zhi Sin Lee, 27, was sentenced Thursday to an intensive two-year correction order and a fine imposed by the local court at Downing Center.

The Zetland woman had pleaded guilty to claiming she could practice medicine despite not being a registered health practitioner after being charged by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Authority.

Lee had dropped out of medical school in October 2020 after failing six core subjects, but began an internship at Bankstown-Lidcombe Hospital (above) on January 18, 2021.

The international student applied for an internship in 2021 in June 2020, but after failing six core disciplines in October, the university said she had dropped out of medical school, according to the facts of the case.

But on January 18, she started an internship after failing to declare that she was not qualified or registered.

In February, she underperformed and was placed under even more surveillance and guidance, completing 126 shifts “at risk to the lives of patients and staff,” she wrote in a letter to the court.

After she was discovered on August 9, she first stated that she was “waiting for documentation” from the UNSW before giving up the disguise.

Lee, of Malaysian and Chinese background, presented to the court that she was under extreme financial and social pressure from her family, who had invested more than $300,000 in her medical education.

She was considered to be of good character and had no criminal record since arriving in NSW in 2014.

But the magistrate said he was unhappy if he was placed in a “career or financial corner” and faced with strong disapproval or embarrassment from her parents, “there won’t be another round of dishonesty.”


Immense pressure to succeed caused a woman to fail her university exams and fake qualifications to work as a doctor, a court has been told.

Lauren Ferri@lauren_ferri

less than 2 min read
November 18, 2021 – 3:40PM
NCA NewsWire

A young woman who lied about being a medical intern to work at a major Sydney hospital for eight months says she was under ‘lots of pressure’ and wants to go back to work.

Zhi Sin Lee landed a job at Bankstown-Lidcombe Hospital in January despite not being qualified after failing her final exams at UNSW.

The 27-year-old was sacked in August after staff realised she wasn’t registered or qualified for the job.

The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Authority charged Lee, of Zetland, with one count of not being a registered health practitioner but claiming she could practise on October 21.

According to documents tendered to the court, Lee “did knowingly or recklessly claim to be qualified to practise as a health practitioner” despite she was a person “who is not a registered health practitioner”.

It is believed she faked documents with the Medical Board of Australia to become a trainee doctor in January, beginning her role on January 18 and working until August 9.

Lee faced Sydney’s Downing Centre Local Court for the first time on Thursday and pleaded guilty to the charge without any legal representation.

Prosecutor Erin Hoile on behalf of AHPRA told the court that professional costs of $3400 were being sought.

The court was told the maximum penalty for Lee’s charge was three years imprisonment or a fine of $60,000.

While Lee was keen to get the matter sorted, magistrate Margaret McGlynn told her to get some legal advice.

Outside court, Lee told media she apologised for what she did but was under immense pressure to finish her qualifications.

“It’s because I didn’t pass the final exams that’s why I didn’t get the registration,” the 27-year-old said.

“There’s so much pressure to perform, pressure on students.



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