Public Statement and Statement of Decision in relation to Mr Andreas Klein
22 October 2019
The NSW Health Care Complaints Commission (the Commission) conducted an investigation into the conduct of Mr Andreas Klein, an unregistered health practitioner who provides services as a clinical nutritionist and massage therapist, including offering dry needling therapy to his massage clients
The complaint under investigation was made by a client of Mr Klein who alleged she had attended his Beautiful Health and Wellness Clinic in the suburb of Castlereagh NSW, a suburb in Greater Western Sydney, on 16 March 2018 and suffered a right-sided pneumothorax (a collapsed lung) as a result of dry needling therapy provided by Mr Klein.
The Commission obtained medical records which supported Patient A’s evidence that she began feeling unwell and experiencing breathing difficulties upon leaving Mr Klein’s Clinic on 16 March 2018 and was conveyed to hospital a short time later by ambulance. Ambulance officers recorded that Patient A was experiencing trouble breathing with pain in her right lung when exhaling. She was later diagnosed as suffering a right-sided pneumothorax and spent three days in hospital.
Patient A was in a very low risk category for spontaneous pneumothorax and her specialist thoracic surgeon described the injury as a traumatic pneumothorax secondary to acupuncture.
The Commission’s investigation found that Mr Klein’s training and qualifications were grossly inadequate to be performing dry needling on his clients, particularly in the thoracic area and without supervision.
The Commission’s investigation found that Mr Klein did not provide health services to Patient A in a safe and ethical manner and his record keeping of his care and treatment of Patient A was inadequate.
The Commission’s investigation found that Mr Klein breached the Code of Conduct for Unregistered Practitioners by providing treatment that was outside the scope of his training and experience.
The Commission’s investigation found that Mr Klein lacked insight into his limitations as a dry needling practitioner. Mr Klein now accepts that his treatment of Patient A has led to her suffering a pneumothorax. Mr Klein now recognises his previous over-confidence in his ability and competency as a dry needing practitioner was misplaced given the very limited nature of his training.
Due to the nature of the breaches of the Code of Conduct for Unregistered Health Practitioners found proven by the Commission and Mr Klein’s limited insight into his limitations as a practitioner, the Commission finds that Mr Klein poses a risk to the health and safety of members of the public.
The Commission therefore makes the following prohibition order:
- Mr Andreas Klein is prohibited from providing dry needling services, whether on a paid or voluntary basis, unless and until he satisfies the Commission that he has completed an Approved Program of Study recognised by the Chinese Medicine Board of Australia.
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 email@example.com.