Public Statement in relation to Mr Richard (‘Shao Quan’) Guo

8 February 2011


Under section 41A(2)(b) of the Health Care Complaints Act 1993, the Commission has decided to issue the following public statement in relation to Mr Richard Guo: 

    Mr Richard Guo, who is also known as Shao Quan Guo, has been practicing acupuncture in Australia since
    2004. He has been practicing acupuncture at Body Work Acupuncture and Massage, QG4 Prince Centre, 
    8 Quay Street, Haymarket NSW 2000.

    Following investigation under the Health Care Complaints Act 1993, the Commission is satisfied that Mr
    Guo breached the Code of Conduct for Unregistered Practitioners by practicing acupuncture in an unsafe
    manner, namely by inserting an acupuncture needle to an unsafe depth resulting in the puncture of a
    patient’s lung, requiring that patient to get hospital treatment.

    As a consequence of its investigation, the Commission made the following prohibition order concerning
    Mr Guo: 

    1. Mr Guo is prohibited from practicing acupuncture until he has completed an appropriate course in acupuncture and anatomy approved by the Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association (AACMA).

    2. Mr Guo is prohibited from practicing acupuncture until he has provided evidence of the completion of an anatomy and acupuncture course to the Health Care Complaints Commission.

    3. Mr Guo is to display a notice on his premises, advising that he is unable to practice acupuncture until this prohibition order has been lifted.

    Mr Guo’s provision of massage services is subject to permanent conditions under section 41A(2)(ii) of 
    the Health Care Complaints Act 1993:

    1. Mr Guo is to maintain accurate, legible and contemporaneous clinical records for each client.
    2. Mr Guo is to display the Code of Conduct for unregistered practitioners at the premises of his business.

Read the related Media Release


Further Information


For further information, contact the Executive Officer of the Health Care Complaints Commission on 9219 7444 or send an email to media@hccc.nsw.gov.au.