A chiropractor operating in an upscale suburb of Brisbane has been banned from treating women unless he has a supervisor during consultations.
A popular chiropractor in Queensland was suddenly banned from treating patients unless they have a supervisor during consultations, the health watchdog said.
Sandy William Clark, who practices chiropractic from Sandy Clark in Grange in Brisbane’s inner-northern suburbs, had set the strict conditions for his registration on May 7th by the state health ombudsman.
The married father of two children must not have contact with female patients without a practice monitor approved by the Health Ombudsman who is permanently physically present and directly sees and hears all patient contact, according to the announcement by the Health Ombudsman.
However, the Health Ombudsman did not give any other reasons why he was against Dr. Clark acted.
The immediate registration action against Dr. Clark was effective from May 7th and would continue until either the Ombudsman lifts the conditions imposed or the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT) overturns the decision, the Health Ombudsman said in a statement on its website.
It is assumed that the investigation is in its early stages.
The OHO will actively monitor whether Dr. Clark complies with the chaperone terms and can take further action if he breaks the ban, according to the OHO.
Potential patients must be informed of the duty of supervision before making an appointment with the receptionist.
Staff must keep a record of each scheduled appointment, and the supervisor does not need to be a registered chiropractor.
The OHO may impose immediate restrictions and bans on healthcare professionals who pose a risk to public health and safety or for reasons of public interest, it says on its website.
Dr. Clark has been registered as a chiropractor in Australia since December 1997 and completed his chiropractic training at the Royal Melbourne Insitute of Technology under the register of the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency.
Sandy Clark Chiropractic was founded in 1999 in the Red Hill suburb of Brisbane.
Dr. Clark worked as an industrial research and development chemist before continuing his training as a chiropractor, according to its website.