Mr Rama Prasad – Ayurvedic Practitioner – Permanent Prohibition Order

8 December 2021

The NSW Health Care Complaints Commission (the Commission) conducted an investigation into the conduct of Mr Rama Prasad, a non-registered health practitioner who provided Ayurvedic health services from premises located in Bondi Junction, Sydney.

The complaint concerned a 3 year old child (Patient A), who Mr Prasad treated for Autism Spectrum Disorder. The complaint alleged Mr Prasad had claimed to be able to cure or reverse the symptoms of Autism and that Mr Prasad had prescribed an Ayurvedic medication, ‘Manasamitram Vatikam’, which resulted in elevated levels of lead in Patient A. Subsequent testing of the medication found it contained lead, mercury and arsenic, in quantities unacceptable by Australian standards.
           
The investigation found that Mr Prasad had breached the Code of Conduct for non-registered Health Practitioners in a number of respects. In addition to not displaying the Code of Conduct at the Bondi Junction premises and not keeping appropriate clinical records, Mr Prasad had made claims about his ability to cure cancer and misled the Commission when giving evidence about his financial interests. The investigation also found that Mr Prasad had failed to provide health services in a safe and ethical manner when he:

  • Made claims about his ability to cure or reverse autism, without any peer reviewed or evidence-based research to support those claims;

  • Prescribed Manasamitram Vatikam to autistic children, knowing there was no evidence to show the formulation was effective in the treatment of autism;

  • Made representations about his qualifications and used the title ‘doctor’ in a manner which was misleading;

  • Provided care and treatment without possessing the necessary qualifications or competence to do so

  • Prescribed Ayurvedic treatments without possessing the necessary competence and qualifications to identify potential adverse interactions with conventional pharmaceuticals.

  • Prescribed Ayurvedic medication in which he held a financial interest, without disclosing that financial interest to patients

  • Published health information and advice critical of conventional medicine and capable of dissuading health consumers from seeking conventional medical treatment; and

  • Failed to recommend that his patients inform their medical practitioner about Ayurvedic treatments or that they should seek additional opinions and/or services from appropriate health practitioners

The Commission is satisfied Mr Prasad poses a risk to the health and safety of members of the public. Accordingly, the following prohibition order is made under section 41A(2) of the Health Care Complaints Act 1993 (Act):

Mr Rama Prasad, an Ayurvedic Practitioner, is permanently prohibited from providing, or causing to be provided, any health services, either in paid employment or voluntarily, to any member of the public.

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For further information, contact the Executive Officer of the Health Care Complaints Commission, on (02) 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.

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