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Orders against health practitioners

Check if a health practitioner's registration is up to date, or if they have a protective order against them.

The Health Ombudsman can impose restrictions and bans on individual health service providers who are a risk to public health and safety or for reasons of public interest.

This is called taking immediate action.

There are 2 types of immediate actions: immediate registration actions and prohibition orders.


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Immediate registration actions

Immediate registration actions apply only to registered health practitioners. The Office of the Health Ombudsman (OHO) works with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (Ahpra) and the 15 health practitioner National Boards to oversee and regulate registered health practitioners in Queensland.

In taking immediate registration action the Health Ombudsman either:

  • imposes conditions on the practitioner's registration
  • or suspends the practitioner's registration.

An immediate registration action can only be removed by the Health Ombudsman or Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal.

For complete information about the current registration status of registered practitioners, including suspensions, restrictions, conditions, undertakings and reprimands of any registered health practitioner, search the online register of practitioners on the Ahpra website.

Below is a list of registered practitioners subject to immediate registration action that the Health Ombudsman has decided to publish on this website. Not every immediate registration action is published here.

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Name of practitioner

Date of action

Details

Prohibition type

Type of practitioner

Dr Anand Vardhan Bhatt

22 Jun. 2021

The Health Ombudsman took immediate registration action by imposing conditions on the registration of Dr Anand Vardhan Bhatt, effective 22 June 2021.

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

The conditions imposed on Dr Anand Vardhan Bhatt’s registration include the requirement that the practitioner must not have any contact with patients under 18 years of age and must not have any contact with female patients 18 years of age or over without the presence of a practice monitor approved by the Health Ombudsman, who, at all times, is physically present and directly observes (sees and hears) all contact between the practitioner and patient.

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
    or
  • the Health Ombudsman removes the conditions imposed on Dr Anand Vardhan Bhatt registration under section 65 of the Act.

Immediate registration action

Chinese medical practitioner

Curtis Shea Mickan

17 Jun. 2021

The Health Ombudsman took immediate registration action by suspending the registration of Curtis Shea Mickan, effective 17 June 2021.

The suspension of registration means that Curtis Shea Mickan is prohibited from practicing as a Pharmacist for the duration of the suspension.

Details of Curtis Shea Mickan's registration can be viewed on the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency website.

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

or

  • the Health Ombudsman revokes the suspension imposed on Curtis Shea Mickan's registration under section 65 of the Act.

Immediate registration action

Pharmacist

Mr Stephen Michael Williams

11 Jun. 2021

The Health Ombudsman took immediate registration action by imposing conditions on the registration of Mr Stephen Michael Williams, effective 11 June 2021.

Details of Mr Stephen Michael Williams registration, including the full list of imposed conditions, can be viewed on the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency website.

Some of the conditions imposed on Mr Stephen Michael Williams registration is the requirement that he must not have contact with female patients and must not have contact with patients under 18 years of age.

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

or

  • the Health Ombudsman removes the conditions imposed on Mr Stephen Michael Williams' registration under section 65 of the Act.

Immediate registration action

Nurse

Mr Danyon Micheal Pidgeon

02 Jun. 2021

The Health Ombudsman took immediate registration action by imposing conditions on the registration of Mr Danyon Micheal Pidgeon, effective 2 June 2021.

Details of Mr Danyon Micheal Pidgeon’s registration, including the full list of imposed conditions, can be viewed on the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency website.

One of the conditions imposed on Mr Danyon Micheal Pidgeon’s registration is the requirement that he must not possess, supply, administer, handle, dispense, access, check (hereafter referred to as access) including as emergency treatment supplies, any controlled drug or any Schedule 4 restricted drug of dependency other than when it is prescribed to the practitioner by a registered health practitioner for a genuine personal therapeutic purpose.

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

    or

  • the Health Ombudsman removes the conditions imposed on Mr Danyon Micheal Pidgeon’s registration under section 65 of the Act.

Immediate registration action

Registered nurse

Dr Harold Joseph Davis

13 May 2021

The Health Ombudsman took immediate registration action by imposing conditions on the registration of Dr Harold Joseph Davis, effective 13 May 2021. Details of Dr Davis’ registration, including the full list of imposed conditions, can be viewed on the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency website.

One of the conditions imposed on Dr Harold Joseph Davis’ registration is the requirement that he must not have contact with female patients. 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

    or

  • the Health Ombudsman removes the conditions imposed on Dr Harold Joseph Davis’ registration under section 65 of the Act.

Immediate registration action

Medical practitioner

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Prohibition orders

Prohibition orders apply to unregistered health service providers. These are practitioners who do not require registration under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law (Queensland) (the National Law) and are not overseen by Ahpra. Prohibition orders also apply to registered health practitioners providing health services outside their scope of registration.

In issuing a prohibition order the Health Ombudsman either:

  • imposes restrictions on the practitioner's practise
  • or prohibits the practitioner from providing a health service.

The Health Ombudsman can impose both interim and permanent prohibition orders.

Below is a list of all prohibition orders taken by the Health Ombudsman against unregistered health service providers.

To check if a practitioner is subject to a prohibition order:

  • scroll through the list below
  • or enter their name into the search bar at the top of this website.

See here for corresponding interstate orders.

Name of practitioner

Date of action

Details

Prohibition type

Type of practitioner

An Thien Vu

15 Jul. 2021

The practitioner is prohibited from providing any health service involving direct contact with any patient or client until such time as he obtains registration as a health practitioner under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law (Queensland) or corresponding law of another state or territory of Australia.

Prohibition Order [s107(4)(b)(i) of the HO Act

Former Physiotherapist

Jung-Chun Chang

12 Jul. 2021

The practitioner must not have contact with female patients.

Interim prohibition order

Massage therapist

Roweena Tacdol Thompson

05 Jul. 2021

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

Interim prohibition order

Aged care worker

Pradeep Neupane

01 Jul. 2021

The practitioner must not supply, administer, promote, advertise, or recommend the use of, any medicinal substance to any person or patient, directly or indirectly, in the course of a business or other commercial or private activity (whether paid or unpaid), unless the substance is approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) (i.e. substances labelled AUST-R or AUST-L and listed on the TGA’s Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods).

Interim Prohibition Order

Ayurvedic practitioner

Ms Maria Felicidad Andres Trono

30 Jun. 2021

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

Permanent prohibition order

Assistant in nursing

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Monitoring practitioners

We monitor these practitioners to ensure they are compliant with the imposed conditions and restrictions.

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Removing an immediate action order

A health service provider can request the Health Ombudsman reconsider their immediate action order.

Health service providers can also apply to the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT) to review their immediate action order. QCAT can decide to uphold the order or set it aside. Some practitioners may be permanently prohibited from providing health services following a QCAT decision. This will be shown in the table above.

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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:

For orders and restrictions on registered practitioners in other states, refer to the online register on the Ahpra website.

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