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Fake nurse carrying out cosmetic injectables successfully prosecuted by Ahpra

Photo: Fake nurse carrying out cosmetic injectables successfully prosecuted by Ahpra
A New South Wales man has been convicted and fined $15,000 in the Magistrates Court of Western Australia following charges laid by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (Ahpra). 

Mr Scott McLennan falsely presented himself as a nurse while working at a Western Australian cosmetic clinic. He was convicted of two counts of holding himself out as a nurse in breach of section 116 of the National Law[1]. 

He was found guilty following his failure to appear at the court yesterday (21 November 2019) to defend the charges.

The charges relate to Mr McLennan performing the duties of a registered nurse including injecting patients with cosmetic injectables between 21 August and 12 November 2018. 

Ahpra CEO Martin Fletcher said that investigating and prosecuting cases like this is an important part of public safety.
‘We will take swift action against people who are pretending to be a nurse or pretending that they are registered under the National Law.

Patients put their trust in properly qualified and registered practitioners, and it is a gross violation of that trust when someone falsely claims to be registered. 

‘While some people think they can get away with this type of deception, this outcome shows that is not the case.

The law is very clear, and in this case a fraudster was found to be breaking it and has been prosecuted,’ he said.

Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia Chair, Associate Professor Lynette Cusack said, ‘In our role as regulators of the nursing profession, anyone who is claiming to be a nurse must be registered with the NMBA. We encourage the public to ask questions about the person from whom they seek care and check the register of practitioners to see if the person delivering the care is listed.’

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