Mr Lachlan Hinds – Emotional Intelligence Expert – Permanent Prohibition Order

18 February 2021

The NSW Health Care Complaints Commission conducted an investigation into a complaint regarding Mr Lachlan Hinds, an unregistered health practitioner who uses the title Dr Lachlan Hinds Ph.D, D.D, M.Ms, B.Ms, D.Hom, D.R.T, and describes himself as an emotional intelligence expert, cranio-sacral therapist and dream therapist with more than 20 years’ experience.

The complaint raised concerns about the nature, cost and frequent of treatment that Mr Hinds provided to a 43 year-old patient (Patient A), and whether Mr Hinds was appropriately qualified to provide such a service.

The Commission’s investigation found that although Mr Hinds’ current scope of practice extended well outside his qualifications, training, and experience, by providing treatment to patients suffering from mental health conditions such as anxiety, depression, and PTSD.

It found that Mr Hinds wilfully took advantage of and financially exploited Patient A’s vulnerability for his own personal gain. Mr Hinds provided treatment for Patient A, wholly unqualified to diagnose and deal with the complexities of Patient A’s mental health issues. Mr Hinds continued to treat Patient A as his condition deteriorated, increasing the frequency of consultations at great financial expense to Patient A, and delaying his recovery and opportunity to obtain treatment from an appropriately qualified practitioner.

The Commission determined that Mr Hinds had breached the Code of Conduct for unregistered health practitioners set out in Schedule 3 of the Public Health Regulation 2012 and posed a significant risk to the health and safety of members of the public. Accordingly, the Commission made the following prohibition order pursuant to section 41A(2)(a) of the Health Care Complaints Act 1993:

Mr Lachlan Hinds:

  1. is permanently prohibited from advertising or providing any type of counselling, psychological or mental health services to any person, in either a paid or voluntary capacity.
  2. is not to use his qualifications obtained from the International Metaphysical Ministry and University of Metaphysics as a basis for advertising or providing any other health service.

Further Information

Access the Commission’s Statement of Decision here.

Access the Commission’s  Public Statement 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.


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