Public Statement and Statement of Decision in relation to Mr Allan George Matthews

08 Feb 2018

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

The NSW Health Care Complaints Commission conducted an investigation into the conduct of Mr Allan George Matthews, a non-registered practitioner. The investigation found that Mr Matthews, had performed a left orchidectomy (surgical removal of the left testicle) on Patient A on 16 May 2016. The surgery resulted in a serious wound infection requiring surgical revision and treatment for the infection. Mr Matthews was not and has never been a registered Medical Practitioner. Following a NSW Police investigation, on 17 October 2017, Mr Matthews pleaded guilty and was convicted of:

  • one count of Reckless Grievous Bodily Harm; under section 35(2) of the Crimes Act 1900.
  • one count of Remove Tissue from the Body of Another without consent /authority; section 36(1) of the Human Tissue Act 1983.
  • one count of Possess/attempt to prescribed restricted substance; section 16(1) of the Poisons and Therapeutic Goods Act 1966.

The Commission investigation determined that Mr Matthews breached, clauses 3(1), 3(2)(b),3(2)(b1),12(1) and 12(2) of the Code of Conduct for Unregistered Health Practitioners made under the Public Health Act 2010 by:

  • providing a health service in an unsafe and unethical manner
  • providing a health service which was outside his training and experience;
  • providing a health service which he was not qualified to provide;
  • misrepresented himself as being medically trained and as such had the necessary qualifications and training to undertake the procedure, when he performed the left orchidectomy on Patient A. Patient A having been approached by Mr Matthews via an online forum. Mr Matthews, stated he was medically trained, had an extensive medical kit and would be happy to provide the surgery that Patient A was seeking.
  • performed a surgical procedure on Patient A which carried an inherent risk of significant harm and indeed led to Patient A requiring revision surgery and administration of IV antibiotics to treat a complicated infection.

The Commission is satisfied that Mr Matthews poses a risk to the health or safety of members of the public.

The Commission makes the following prohibition order under section 41A(2)(a) of the Health Care Complaints Act 1993:

Mr Matthews is permanently prohibited from providing any health services in any capacity, either paid or voluntary.

Under section 41B(3)(c) of the Health Care Complaints Act 1993, the Commission has determined to make the Statement of Decision publicly available.
 

Further Information

Access the Commission’s Statement of Decision here

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.

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 regarding the status of a registered health practitioner, including any conditions that currently apply, please check the National Register at www.ahpra.gov.au.