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Dr David Richards (Medical practitioner)

05 October 2023

The Health Ombudsman took immediate registration action by imposing conditions on the registration of Dr David Richards, effective 5 October 2023.

Details of Dr David Richards's registration, including the full list of imposed conditions, can be viewed on the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency website.

Conditions imposed include the requirement the practitioner, Dr David Richards must:

  • not have contact with female patients
  • only practise as a registered health practitioner in employment and at practice location/s approved by the Health Ombudsman
  • take all reasonable steps to ensure female patients are told at the time of wanting to book an appointment with the practitioner that they cannot. The practitioner must not provide this information to patients personally.

The following employment and practice location has been approved by the Health Ombudsman: Medical Super Clinic Benowa

In accordance with section 62(2) of the Health Ombudsman Act 2013 (the Act), the Health Ombudsman’s decision will continue to have effect until:

  • the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal sets the decision aside
  • the Health Ombudsman removes the conditions imposed on David Richards’ registration under section 65 of the Act.