Mr Steven Casidy – Permanent Prohibition Order following criminal charges

30 July 2019

The NSW Health Care Complaints Commission investigated a complaint about the conduct of Mr Steven Casidy (“Mr Casidy”) whilst providing massage services to “Patient A.”

On 31 March 2018 Mr Casidy was charged with ‘Assault with an act of indecency’ contrary to section 61L of the Crimes Act 1900, arising from an incident in June 2016, when during the course of providing a massage treatment to Patient A, it was alleged that Mr Casidy assaulted and committed an act of indecency on this patient by rubbing her breasts. 
In May 2018 Mr Casidy appeared before the Byron Bay Local Court and pleaded guilty to the above charge.

The Commission received a complaint regarding the criminal conviction in December 2018. The Investigation confirmed that on the basis of review of the criminal matter, Mr Casidy:

• Provided a health service in an unsafe and unethical manner; in that he committed assault with an act of indecency on Patient A.  As a massage therapist, Mr Casidy is afforded significant trust by patients, their families and the wider community due to the intimate nature of the treatment which usually requires patients to be partially clothed.  Mr Casidy abused the trust afforded to him by committing an assault with an act of indecency.

The Commission concluded that the conduct of Mr Casidy was opportunistic and demonstrated a blatant disregard for the health and wellbeing of Patient A.  The investigation determined that Mr Casidy breached clause 3(1) of the Code of Conduct for Unregistered Health Practitioners under Schedule 3 of the Public Health Regulation 2012 in respect of:

• Clause 3(1): a health practitioner must provide health services in a safe and ethical manner.

The Commission is satisfied that Mr Casidy poses a risk to the health or safety of members of the public. The Commission therefore makes the following prohibition order:

Mr Steven Casidy, a massage therapist from the North Coast of NSW, is permanently prohibited from providing any health services, either in paid employment or voluntarily, to any person.

For the purposes of this order ‘a health service’ carries the same meaning as defined under section 4 of the Health Care Complaints Act 1993.

The Commission will make the finalised Statement of Decision publicly available under section 41B(3)(c) of the Act.

The Commission has removed from this Statement of Decision material which it considers to be confidential information pursuant to section 41B(5) of the Act.

Further Information

The full decision is 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.