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Prohibition orders

Interim prohibition orders

The Health Ombudsman can issue an interim prohibition order if an unregistered health practitioner’s health, conduct or performance means they pose a serious risk to people, and immediate action is necessary to protect public health and safety. This could be due to an unregistered health practitioner:

  • practising unsafely, incompetently or while intoxicated by alcohol or drugs
  • financially exploiting a person
  • engaging in a sexual or improper personal relationship with a person
  • discouraging someone from seeking clinically accepted care or treatment
  • making false or misleading claims about the health benefits of a particular health service
  • making false or misleading claims about their qualifications, training, competence or professional affiliations.

An interim prohibition order can prohibit or restrict a health practitioner from providing any health service, or a specific health service.

Prohibition orders

Unregistered practitioners, who have been issued with an interim prohibition order by the Health Ombudsman, may apply to the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT) to have the decision reviewed.

However, if QCAT forms the view that the practitioner is a serious risk, it can make an order—by way of a prohibition order—prohibiting the practitioner from providing any health service.

Corresponding interstate orders

The Health Ombudsman can also enforce a prohibition order, or an interim prohibition order, issued in another state or territory where that interim prohibition order corresponds (or substantially corresponds) to the type of interim prohibition order that can be made in Queensland.


The Health Ombudsman must publish specific information, contained in the following register, whenever an interim prohibition order is issued in Queensland.

Date order took effect Name of practitioner Type of practitioner Details of the prohibition order Prohibition type
The Health Ombudsman issued a notice on 6 March 2017. However, service of the notice is yet to be effected. Mr Christian Leatherbarrow Assistant in nursing The practitioner is prohibited from providing any health service in a clinical or non-clinical capacity (paid or otherwise) Interim prohibition order
12 April 2017 Ms Suma Ajith Audiologist The practitioner must not practise as a Director or Professional Lead or in an equivalent position.

The practitioner must not practise as an Audiologist at an HP4 or in an equivalent position for any caseload unless the practitioner complies with a number of restrictions imposed by the Health Ombudsman.

Interim prohibition order
10 April 2017 Ms Tabatha Raye Cant Student nurse The practitioner is unable to access schedule 3, 4 or 8 medications without being directly supervised by a registered practitioner. Interim prohibition order
8 March 2017 Mr Paul Koroso Atandi Student nurse The practitioner is prohibited from providing any health service, paid or otherwise, in a clinical or non-clinical capacity. Interim prohibition order
23 January 2017 Ms Sumalee Maneerat Assistant in nursing The practitioner is prohibited from any employment (paid or otherwise) in a clinical or non-clinical capacity, which relates to the provision of any health service. Interim prohibition order
29 December 2016 Ms Merle Maroske Assistant in natural therapy The practitioner must not administer, prepare, possess, supply, obtain or otherwise deal with black salve, red salve, cansema, bloodroot ointment or any other product containing the constituent ingredient of sanguinarine, coming from Sanguinaria Canadensis (bloodroot), whether acting in a clinical or non-clinical capacity, and whether acting independently or under the direction of any person.

The practitioner may only practise in a place(s) of practice approved by the Health Ombudsman.

Interim prohibition order
19 December 2016 Mr Jade Arron Parsons Paramedic The practitioner must not provide or promote themselves as providing any health service to:

  • persons under the age of 18 years
  • persons aged 18 years or older without complying with specific monitoring requirements as set out in the schedule of restrictions.
Interim prohibition order
17 December 2016 Mr Mark Lapthorne Paramedic The practitioner must not:

  • provide or promote themselves as providing any health service, paid or otherwise, in a clinical or non-clinical capacity to persons under the age of 18 years
  • provide any health service, paid or otherwise, in a clinical or nonclinical capacity to persons aged 18 years or older, without complying with specific monitoring requirements as set out in the schedule of restrictions.
Interim prohibition order
13 December 2016 Ms Pacharaon Chandechmontree Massage therapist The practitioner’s right to practise as a practitioner in a paid or unpaid capacity is subject to the following restrictions:
1. The practitioner must not provide massage therapy services to any female person, aged 18 years or older.
2. The practitioner must not provide any health service that involves physical contact with a female person, aged 18 years or older.
3. The practitioner must not promote herself as providing massage therapy services or any health service that involves physical contact with a female person, aged 18 years or older.
Interim prohibition order
29 November 2016 Mr Brian Francis Morley Chinese Medicine Practitioner The practitioner is prohibited from providing any health service in a clinical or non-clinical capacity (paid or otherwise). Interim prohibition order
11 November 2016 Mr Jonathan Wilson Paramedic The practitioner is prohibited from providing any health service in a clinical or non-clinical capacity (paid or otherwise). Interim prohibition order
19 October 2016 Mr Shawn Corocher Suspended enrolled nurse The practitioner is prohibited from providing any health service in a clinical or non-clinical capacity (paid or otherwise) Interim prohibition order
18 October 2016 Mr Shane Farmer Unregistered practitioner The practitioner is prohibited from providing any health service in a clinical or non-clinical capacity (paid or otherwise). Interim prohibition order
11 October 2016 David Jack Peter Cottam Support worker The practitioner is prohibited from providing any health service in a clinical or non-clinical capacity (paid or otherwise). Interim prohibition order
10 October 2016 Mr Nourdine Abdelkadiri Massage therapist The practitioner is banned from:

  • providing massage therapy services to any female person.
  • providing any health service that involves physical contact with a female person.
  • promoting himself as providing massage therapy services or any health service that involves physical contact with a female person.
Interim prohibition order
5 October 2016 Mr An Vu Physiotherapist The practitioner is prohibited from:

  • providing or promoting himself as providing any health service, paid or otherwise, in a clinical or non-clinical capacity to any male persons, children adults, at any time
  • providing or promoting himself as providing any health service, paid or otherwise, in a clinical or non-clinical capacity to any female persons at any time without adhering to the specific monitoring requirements as set out in the notice.
Interim prohibition order
4 October 2016 Mr Varinder Pal Kharbanda Student nurse The practitioner is prohibited from:

  • providing, or promoting himself as providing, any health service–paid or otherwise–in a clinical or non-clinical capacity to any female person at any time
  • providing, or promoting himself as providing, any health service–paid or otherwise–in a clinical or non-clinical capacity to any male person at any time without adhering to the specific monitoring requirements as set out in his notice.
Interim prohibition order
19 September 2016 Ms Linda Anne Peller Nurse midwife with suspended midwifery registration The practitioner is prohibited from providing:

  • health services to pregnant women
  • birthing-related services
  • peri-natal or post-natal health services to women or babies.
Interim prohibition order
14 September 2016 Mr Paul Kirk Massage therapist The practitioner is prohibited from providing any health service in a clinical or non-clinical capacity (paid or otherwise). Interim prohibition order
2 September 2016 Mr Andrew John Ryan Community health worker (social worker) The practitioner is prohibited from providing any health service in a clinical or non-clinical capacity (paid or otherwise). Interim prohibition order
17 August 2016 Mr George Zaphir Unregistered chiropractor The practitioner is prohibited from providing any health service in a clinical or non-clinical capacity (paid or otherwise). Interim prohibition order
18 July 2016 Ms Deidre Brophy Natural therapist The practitioner is prohibited from providing any health service in a clinical or non-clinical capacity (paid or otherwise).

Providing a health service includes, but is not limited to:

  • the use of thermal imaging on persons in any circumstances, including in the diagnosis of any illness
  • the manufacture, supply and sale of black salve or any other product derived from, or having similar ingredients to black salve
  • providing advice on the use of, promoting or applying black salve, or any other product derived from, or having similar ingredients to black salve
  • any naturopathy service.
Interim prohibition order
1 July 2016 Ms Jasmine Elise Koda Assistant in nursing Practitioner is prohibited from any employment (paid or otherwise) in a clinical or non-clinical capacity, which relates to the provision of any health service. Interim prohibition order
31 May 2016 Mr Adrian Paul Hicks Massage therapist Practitioner is prohibited from:

  • providing massage therapy services or any health service that involves physical contact with a female person
  • promoting himself as providing massage therapy services or any health service that involves physical contact with a female person
  • providing massage therapy services or any health service to a male person under the age of 18 years, subject to conditions.
Interim prohibition order
23 May 2016 Ms Kaja Warren Registered nurse Practitioner is prohibited from providing health services in a clinical or non-clinical capacity (paid or otherwise)
to patients under the age of 18.
Interim prohibition order
20 May 2016 Mr Ian Haris (a.k.a Mr Ian Norman, Ian Harris, Dr Ian Raymond Gregory) Cosmetic therapist The Health Ombudsman has issued a corresponding interstate prohibition order, in accordance with the prohibition order issued by the Health Care Complaints Commission (New South Wales) and published on their website on 5 May 2016, stating:

  • the practitioner is prohibited from providing any cosmetic injection services for a period of three years
  • at the conclusion of the three year prohibition period and before providing any cosmetic injection services in future, the practitioner must personally appear before, and satisfy the commission that he will abide by the code of conduct for non-registered health practitioners and is no longer a risk to public health or safety.
Corresponding interstate order (New South Wales)
16 May 2016 Christopher Paul Costello Aboriginal health worker Practitioner is prohibited from providing any health service. Prohibition order
12 May 2016 Michael Blach Paramedic Practitioner is prohibited from any employment (paid or otherwise) in a clinical or non-clinical capacity, which relates to the provision of any health service. Interim prohibition order
12 May 2016 Chantelle Morris Unregistered nurse Practitioner is prohibited from any employment (paid or otherwise) in a clinical or non-clinical capacity, which relates to the provision of any health service. Interim prohibition order
7 April 2016 Mr Graeme Duncan King Unregistered psychologist, acting in the role of a counsellor Practitioner is prohibited from providing any health service, paid or otherwise, in a clinical or non-clinical capacity. Interim prohibition order
11 March 2016 Ms Trang Le Audiologist Practitioner is prohibited from any employment (paid or otherwise) in a clinical or non-clinical capacity, which relates to the provision of any health service. Interim prohibition order
1 February 2016 Mr Giuseppe Trotta Physiotherapist The practitioner may only provide health services in a clinical or non-clinical capacity (paid or otherwise) to male clients over the age of 18. Interim prohibition order
22 January 2016 Mr Robert Frank Mittiga Counsellor The Health Ombudsman has issued a corresponding interstate prohibition order in accordance with the prohibition order issued by the Health and Community Services Complaints Commissioner (South Australia) and published on their website on 24 November 2015.

The practitioner is prohibited from providing any health service (paid or otherwise) in a clinical or non-clinical capacity, including providing counselling and rehabilitation services.

Corresponding interstate order (South Australia)
13 January 2016 Mr Joerg Schoebel Massage therapist Practitioner prohibited from:

  • providing massage therapy services
  • providing any health service that involves physical contact with a patient/client
  • promoting yourself as providing any health service that involves physical contact with a patient/client
Interim prohibition order
29 December 2015 Mr Calvin Wahlberg Person providing health services as a paramedic without any qualifications Individual prohibited from any employment (paid or otherwise) in a clinical or non-clinical capacity, which relates to the provision of any health service. Interim prohibition order
23 December 2015 Ms Sharon Ward Massage therapist Practitioner prohibited from engaging in any employment or providing any services (paid or otherwise) in a clinical or non-clinical capacity, which relates to the provision of a health service. Interim prohibition order
23 December 2015 Mr Angus Francis Creagh-Scott Registered nurse Practitioner prohibited from providing any health service, in a clinical or non-clinical capacity (paid or otherwise), to any person under the age of 18 years. Interim prohibition order
15 December 2015 Ms Podia Karpeh Assistant in nursing Practitioner prohibited from any employment (paid or otherwise) in a clinical or non-clinical capacity, which relates to the provision of any health service. Interim prohibition order
30 November 2015 Ms Samantha Whatley Counsellor Practitioner prohibited from any employment (paid or otherwise) in a clinical or non-clinical capacity, which relates to the provision of any health service, with the specific exception of providing nutrition advice and personal training to adult females with the limitation of providing advice on diet and exercise only. Interim prohibition order
 24 November 2015 Mr Peter Esdaile Unregistered chiropractor Practitioner prohibited from:

  • advertising or promoting by any means any alternative remedy or treatment to Hendra virus
  • supplying any alternative remedy or treatment to Hendra virus
  • administering or recommending the administering of any alternative remedy or treatment to Hendra virus to any human or animal.
Interim prohibition order
 2 November 2015 Mr Charles Davidson Massage therapist Practitioner prohibited from any employment (paid or otherwise) in a clinical or non-clinical capacity, which relates to the provision of any health service. Interim prohibition order
 29 October 2015 Mr Shujun Tang Chinese medicine practitioner Practitioner prohibited from providing any health service (paid or otherwise) in a clinical or non-clinical capacity, to female patients and patients under the age of 18 years. Interim prohibition order
 19 August 2015 Mr Harish Shetty Massage therapist Practitioner prohibited from providing massage therapy services, providing a health service that involves physical contact with a patient/client, promoting himself as providing any health service that involves physical contact with a patient/client. Interim prohibition order
2 June 2015 Nicholas William Crawford Holding out as a registered nurse Practitioner prohibited from any employment (paid or otherwise) in a clinical or non-clinical capacity, which relates to the provision of any health service. Interim prohibition order
15 April 2015 Russell Douglas Drinkwater Registered nurse Practitioner prohibited from any employment (paid or otherwise) in a clinical or non-clinical capacity, which relates to the provision of any health service. Interim prohibition order
5 December 2014 Paul James Denny Massage therapist Practitioner prohibited from:

  • providing massage therapy or manipulation therapy services
  • providing a health service that involves physical contact with a patient/client
  • promoting themselves as providing any health service that involves physical contact with a patient/client
Interim prohibition order
18 November 2014 Chun-Chieh Liu (also known as Jesse Liu) Massage therapist Practitioner prohibited from:

  • promoting themselves as a massage therapist
  • providing massage therapy
  • providing any health service that involves physical contact with a patient/client.
Interim prohibition order