Prohibition orders

Orders can prohibit a health practitioner or organisation from providing health services.

These orders can prohibit part, or all, of a health service for a set period of time or permanently. Interim orders of up to 12 weeks can also be made.

Orders are only made against general health service providers, meaning those not regulated by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), and only if the Commissioner believes they've breached the general code of conduct and pose an unacceptable risk to the public.

Prohibition orders issued in Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland and South Australia are prosecutable across all these states.

Name of provider and type Details of the prohibition order Prohibition type
Phillip Lewis Massage Therapist Phillip Lewis is a general health service provider who provides massage therapy services at Ballarat Medical Massage and Sports Injury Centre. Following a complaint made to the Health Complaints Commissioner, the Commissioner reasonably believed that Mr Lewis had contravened the General Code of Conduct applying to general health service providers and that it was necessary at that time to make an Interim Prohibition Order (IPO) to avoid a serious risk to the health, safety or welfare of the public. Since then, the Commissioner has considered new evidence and consequently finds that the serious risk referred to in the IPO made against Mr Lewis on 9 December 2019 no longer exists. Accordingly, the Commissioner has revoked the IPO. A copy of the Revocation Order can be found using the link below. More information (78.83 KB) Interim Prohibition Order- Revocation Effective from: 31 Jan 2020
Yao Du Cosmetic Service Yao Du, trading as The Gratia’s Beauty, is a general health service provider who provides cosmetic services. Following information being provide to the Health Complaints Commissioner, the Commissioner considered that Ms Du may have breached a code of conduct applying to the provision of health services such that it was necessary to make an Interim Prohibition Order (IPO) under the Health Complaints Act 2016 to protect the health, safety or welfare of the public. A copy of the IPO can be found using the link below. More information (138.87 KB) Interim prohibition order Effective from: 21 Jan 2020 to 14 Apr 2020
Lee Kim Tan Cosmetic Service Lee Kim Tan, trading as Sonoun Kimlee Salon, is a general health service provider who provided cosmetic services. Following information being provided to the Health Complaints Commissioner, the Commissioner considered that Ms Tan may have breached a code of conduct applying to the provision of health services such that it was necessary to make an Interim Prohibition Order (IPO) under the Health Complaints Act 2016 to protect the health, safety or welfare of the public. A copy of the IPO can be found using the link provided. More information (132.62 KB) Interim prohibition order Effective from: 23 Dec 2019 to 16 Mar 2020
Dr Brian Hickman Psychotherapist Dr Brian Hickman is a general health service provider who provides psychotherapy and counselling services. Following information being provided to the Health Complaints Commissioner, the Commissioner considered that Dr Hickman may have breached a code of conduct applying to the provision of health services such that it was necessary to make an Interim Prohibition Order (IPO) under the Health Complaints Act 2016 to protect the health, safety or welfare of the public. A copy of the IPO can be found using the link below. More information (80.48 KB) Interim prohibition order Effective from: 20 Dec 2019 to 13 Mar 2020
Elma Izic Cosmetic Service Elma Izic is a general health service provider who provides cosmetic treatments at Allegra Cole Cosmetic Clinic, Point Cook. Following information being provided to the Health Complaints Commissioner, the Commissioner reasonably believes that Ms Izic has contravened the General Code of Conduct applying to general health service providers and that it is necessary to make an Interim Prohibition Order (IPO) to avoid a serious risk to the health, safety or welfare of the public. A copy of the Interim Prohibition Order can be found using the link below. More information (96.06 KB) Interim prohibition order Effective from: 09 Dec 2019 to 28 Feb 2020
Craig McDonald Drug & Alcohol Counsellor Craig McDonald, principal at ‘The Wellbeing Planet’ ABN 75 748 208 135, is a general health service provider who provides alcohol and other drug rehabilitation and counselling services. Following the commencement of an investigation under the Health Complaints Act 2016 and the receipt of information as part of the investigation, the Health Complaints Commissioner considered that Craig McDonald may have breached a code of conduct applying to the provision of health services such that it was necessary to make an Interim Prohibition Order under the Act to protect the health, safety or welfare of the public. A copy of the Interim Prohibition Order can be found in the link below. More information (118.78 KB) Interim prohibition order Effective from: 16 Dec 2019 to 08 Mar 2020