Mr Andreas Klein – Breaches of Code of Conduct – Prohibition Order

22 October 2019

The NSW Health Care Complaints Commission conducted an investigation into the conduct of Mr Andreas Klein, an unregistered health practitioner. Mr Klein provides services as a clinical nutritionist and massage therapist at his Beautiful Health and Wellness Clinic, including offering dry needling therapy to his massage clients.

The complaint was made by a Patient A alleged she had attended this Clinic in March 2018 and received dry needling therapy from Mr Klein, as a result of which she suffered a collapsed lung (a right-sided pneumothorax).

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.
  • 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.
  • 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 also 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 seriousness of the breaches of the Code of Conduct for Unregistered Health Practitioners that were found in the investigation, 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.

 

Further Information

The Commission's public statement and statement of decision are available 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.