08 Aug 2018

Public Health Warning Statement

The Victorian Health Complaints Commissioner issues the following Public Health Warning Statement under section 84 of the Health Complaints Act 2016.

On 7 May 2018 I launched an investigation into Dennis Wayne Jensen of North Warrandyte.

This investigation followed a complaint that Mr Jensen had claimed to be able to treat cancer through the application of a topical paste known as black salve.

I completed the investigation on 7 August 2018 and found that Dennis Wayne Jensen contravened the General Code, as set out in Schedule 2 of the Health Complaints Act 2016, when he treated a person suffering from ovarian cancer with black salve and encouraged that person to stop evidence-based treatment.

I consider it is necessary to publish this warning statement to avoid a serious risk to the health, safety or welfare of the public.

In addition to this warning statement, I have also made a Prohibition Order against Dennis Wayne Jensen, prohibiting him from:

  1. Providing any general health services to any person in a clinical or non-clinical capacity whether or not those services are paid for or provided free of charge;
  2. Claiming or representing that he is qualified, able or willing to cure cancer or any other serious disease or illness; or
  3. Supplying, promoting or recommending to any person any product, therapy or other treatment (including black salve) that he claims can cure or treat cancer or any other serious disease or illness.

If the public has any concerns about this or other health services they are urged to contact the Health Complaints Commissioner on 1300 582 113.