Mr Daniel Mooney - permanently prohibited from providing any health services

14 April 2014

The Commission issues the following public statement under s41A(2)(b) of the Health Care Complaints Act 1993:

'Mr Mooney commenced work as an Assistant in Nursing in 1997. Between 2004 and November 2012, Mr Mooney was employed as a carer at an aged care facility in the Wollongong region. Included in his duties was the care and treatment of patient A, an elderly high care resident with Alzheimer’s disease who had previously suffered a stroke which had left her requiring 24 hour care. Patient A cannot speak or communicate verbally and has very limited movement.

Following a NSW Police Force investigation, Mr Mooney was convicted under the NSW Crimes Act of two counts of aggravated sexual assault of Patient A for which he received a custodial prison sentence. Mr Mooney will not be eligible for release until 2020 at the earliest.
A Commission investigation found that Mr Mooney breached Clause 3(1) of the Code of Conduct for Unregistered Health Practitioners, which states that ‘Health practitioners must provide health services in a safe and ethical manner’.

The possibility that Mr Mooney may engage in similar conduct on his release from prison poses a risk to the health or safety of members of the public, and the Commission has made an order that Mr Mooney is permanently prohibited from providing any health services in any capacity, either paid or voluntary under s41A(2)(a) of the Health Care Complaints Act 1993”.

Under section 41B(3)(c) of the Health Care Complaints Act, the Commission has determined to make this Statement of Decision publicly available.

The Commission’s statement of decision is available here.  
The related media release is available here.

Further Information

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

The information in this media release is correct at the time of publication. Orders may change; for example, conditions may no longer apply. For current information, please contact the Commission.