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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 prohibition order corresponds (or substantially corresponds) to the type of prohibition order that can be made in Queensland.

To find corresponding interstate prohibition orders, refer to the published registers for the states listed below:

To find information on healthcare complaints and related matters in other states, refer to the links below:


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
15 April 2015 Russell 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
02 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
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
24 November 2015 Mr Peter Lindsay 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
30 November 2015 Ms Samantha May 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
15 December 2015 Ms Podia Comfort 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
23 December 2015 Mr Angus Francis Lethbridge 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
23 December 2015 Ms Sharon Louise 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
12 May 2016 Chantelle Simone 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
12 May 2016 Michael Jan 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
16 May 2016 Christopher Paul Costello Aboriginal health worker

Practitioner is prohibited from providing any health service.

Prohibition order
1 April 2016 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 Mr Giuseppe Domenico 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
11 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
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 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)
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)
23 May 2016 Ms Kaja Francesca 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
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
01 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
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
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
02 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
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
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
5 October 2016 An Thien Vu Physiotherapist

The practitioner is prohibited from providing any health service, paid or otherwise, in a clinical or non-clinical capacity.

(IPO varied 14 March 2018)

Interim prohibition order (varied 12 March 2018)
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
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
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
19 October 2016 Mr Shawn Michael 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
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 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
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
08 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
22 June 2017 Ms Nicole Louise Helmers Dental Assistant

The practitioner is prohibited from providing any health service, paid or otherwise, in a clinical or non-clinical capacity.

Interim prohibition order
28 June 2017 Mr Farren John Wallace 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
01 August 2017 Ms Maree Elizabeth Wooderson Pathology specimen collector

The practitioner is prohibited from providing any health service in a clinical or non-clinical capacity (paid or otherwise).

Interim prohibition order
21 September 2017 Ms Trang Le Audiologist

The practitioner must not practise as a Senior Audiologist (HP4 level).

The practitioner must not practise as an Audiologist (HP3 level) for any caseload unless the practitioner:

  • completes the training and assessment necessary to perform at the standard request of an HP3 for the specified caseload
  • receives written approval from her employer to work at an HP3 level
  • works under the direct supervision of a Senior Audiologist (HP4 level or above).
Interim prohibition order
25 September 2017 Ms Natalie Maree Speed Dental assistant

The practitioner is prohibited from providing any health service in a clinical or non-clinical capacity (paid or otherwise).

Interim prohibition order
24 October 2017 Ms Josea Louise Cash Unregistered enrolled nurse

The practitioner is prohibited from providing any health service, paid or otherwise, in a clinical or non-clinical capacity.

Interim prohibition order
30 October 2017 Mr Evan Leslie Kajewski Anaesthetic technician

The practitioner is prohibited from providing any health service, paid or otherwise, in a clinical or non-clinical capacity.

Interim prohibition order
30 October 2017 Mr Brandon Raynor Massage therapist

The practitioner’s right to practise as a health practitioner and provide health services, in a paid or unpaid capacity, is subject to the following restrictions:

  1. The practitioner must not provide or promote as providing any health service involving manipulation of the cervical spine.
  2. The practitioner must not provide any training, demonstration, education or instruction on manipulation of the cervical spine.
  3. The practitioner must not publish or make available any documents demonstrating manipulation of the cervical spine.
Interim prohibition order
21 November 2017 Mr Samuel Joseph MacBean Massage therapist

The practitioner is prohibited from providing any health service, paid or otherwise, in a clinical or non-clinical capacity.

Interim prohibition order
21 November 2017 Mr Arnold Hale Massage therapist

The practitioner is prohibited from providing any health service, paid or otherwise, in a clinical or non-clinical capacity.

Interim prohibition order
19 January 2018 Mr Robin James Marshall Unregistered nurse

The practitioner is prohibited from providing any health service, paid or otherwise, in a clinical or non-clinical capacity.

Interim prohibition order
14 December 2017 Ms Leesa Chae Thackray Enrolled nurse

The practitioner is prohibited from providing any health service, paid or otherwise, in a clinical or non-clinical capacity.

Interim prohibition order
25 January 2018 Mr Coonjbeeharry Dharam Bhugun Counsellor

The practitioner’s right to practise as a health practitioner and provide health services, in a paid or unpaid capacity, is subject to the following restrictions:

  1. The practitioner must only have contact with female patients as part of couples or family counselling, with the requirement that female patients must be physically accompanied by another adult person at all times during the contact.
  2. The practitioner must ensure that female patients are told of the restriction at the time of booking the appointment or, in the case of an unbooked appointment, at the time of presenting at the practice location seeking an appointment.

(IPO varied 6 July 2018)

 

Interim prohibition order
29 January 2018 Mr Pongskaorn Mekingrailas Massage therapist

The practitioner is prohibited from providing any health service, paid or otherwise, in a clinical or non-clinical capacity.

Interim prohibition order
1 February 2018 Mr Min-Hsun Chang Massage therapist

The practitioner is prohibited from providing any health service, paid or otherwise, in a clinical or non-clinical capacity.

Interim prohibition order
1 February 2018 Ms Danielle Louise Skobe Enrolled nurse

The practitioner is prohibited from providing any health service, paid or otherwise, in a clinical or non-clinical capacity.

Interim prohibition order
15 February 2018 Mr (Jack) Ming Chieh Yu Massage therapist

The practitioner must only assess, consult, examine, treat or have contact with male patients, with the exception of female patients who are fully clothed and in the main public area of the practice.

The practitioner must not have contact with female patients where the removal of clothing is required and must not have contact with female patients in a private room.

Interim prohibition order
22 March 2018 Mr Simon Brennan Personal carer

The practitioner is prohibited from providing any health service, paid or otherwise, in a clinical or non-clinical capacity.

Interim prohibition order
27 March 2018 Mr Nana Osei Boakye Assistant in nursing

The practitioner is prohibited from providing any health service, paid or otherwise, in a clinical or non-clinical capacity.

Interim prohibition order
5 April 2018 Ms Belinda Karen Clayton Enrolled nurse

The practitioner is prohibited from providing any health service, paid or otherwise, in a clinical or non-clinical capacity.

Interim prohibition order
4 May 2018 Mr Yu-Chieh Lo Massage therapist

The practitioner’s right to practise as a health practitioner and provide health services, in a paid or unpaid capacity, is subject to the following restriction:

  • The practitioner must not have contact with female patients.
Interim prohibition order
15 May 2018 Mr Craig Vervaart Assistant in nursing

The practitioner is prohibited from providing any health service, paid or otherwise, in a clinical or non-clinical capacity.

Interim prohibition order
17 May 2018 Ms Natalie Holden Assistant in nursing

The practitioner is prohibited from providing any health service, paid or otherwise, in a clinical or non-clinical capacity.

Interim prohibition order
29 May 2018 Mr Brendan Russell Body modification practitioner

The practitioner must not provide any health services, including medical services, whether provided as part of paid or voluntary services. Medical services include any type of minor or major surgery, whether carried out medical, cosmetic or other purposes.

The practitioner must not provide any health education services. Health education services include training or instructing others in the provision of medical or other health services.

Interim prohibition order
24 August 2018 Mr Scott Alexander David Horton Assistant in nursing

Interim prohibition order prohibiting the practitioner from providing any health service, paid or otherwise, in a clinical or non-clinical capacity.

Interim prohibition order
16 August 2018 Mr Daniel Patterson Paramedic / First aid officer

The practitioner is prohibited from providing any health service, paid or otherwise, in a clinical or non-clinical capacity.

Interim prohibition order
17 July 2018 Mr Philip Roy Newman Massage therapist

The practitioner is prohibited from providing any health service, paid or otherwise, in a clinical or non-clinical capacity.

Notice issued on 17 July 2018 (not yet effected as unable to locate the practitioner).

Interim prohibition order
16 August 2018 Mr Johnathon Craig Fairburn trading as Paramedical Services Australia – paramedics.net.au Paramedic / First aid officer

The practitioner is prohibited from providing any health service, paid or otherwise, in a clinical or non-clinical capacity. The practitioner is also prohibited from personally providing any health service, paid or otherwise, in a clinical or non-clinical capacity trading as Paramedical Services Australia – paramedics.net.au.

Interim prohibition order
28 August 2018 Mr Helio Taiyang Matahari (Also, known as David Helio Cox-Matahari) Kinesiologist

The practitioner’s right to practise as a health practitioner and provide health services, in a paid or unpaid capacity, is subject to the following restriction:

The practitioner must not have contact with female patients.

Interim prohibition order
10 October 2018 Mr Tony Poulton Massage therapist

The practitioner is prohibited from having contact with female patients, and from performing acupuncture or dry needling.

Interim prohibition order
11 October 2018 Ms Maria Trono Assistant in nursing

The practitioner is prohibited from providing any health service, paid or otherwise, in a clinical or non-clinical capacity.

Interim prohibition order