Oladele Eluwole – Scientific Officer – Permanent Prohibition Order

28 January 2021

The NSW Health Care Complaints Commission investigated an own motion complaint about unregistered health practitioner, Mr Oladele Eluwole. Mr Eluwole arrived in Australia in November 2014 and since then has held various positions in Queensland and New South Wales pathology services.

The Commission determined to make the complaint against Mr Eluwole after it was discovered during a related investigation that he had been subject to disciplinary proceedings by the Health and Care Professional Council Tribunal Service (HCPTS) in the United Kingdom (UK) in 2015 . The Commission’s investigation confirmed that Mr Eluwole provided false information about his employment history experience in order to gain employment as a Band 5 Biomedical Scientist, and was not proficient to perform a number of the basic tasks he had been employed to perform.

The Commission’s investigation also found that Mr Eluwole engaged in similar dishonest and unethical conduct after moving to Australia. Specifically, Mr Eluwole falsified his employment history during immigration and skills assessment processes and when seeking employment within Australia, including with NSW Health Pathology. He inaccurately reported that he had held steady employment as a scientist in histology in Nigeria for 3 – 4 years.

Mr Eluwole also went to great lengths to hide his misconduct in the UK, by consistently concealing his UK residential and employment history and failing to disclose to any of his employers, including NSW Health Pathology, that he had been the subject of regulatory proceedings in the UK.

Mr Eluwole’s actions were found to have been a calculated and sustained effort to mislead those employing him that he had the skills and experience to meet the requirements of the roles for which he applied.

The investigation found that Mr Eluwole breached the Code of Conduct for Unregistered Health Practitioners under Schedule 3 of the Public Health Regulation 2012 in the following respects:

  • Failed to provide a health service in a safe and ethical manner
  • Provided a health service he is not qualified to provide
  • Provided a health service outside his experience and training
  • Engaged in misinformation and misrepresentation in relation to services he provided

The Commission is satisfied that Mr Eluwole poses a risk to the health or safety of members of the public and therefore makes the following Prohibition Order:

Mr Oladele Eluwole is permanently prohibited from providing any health services, as defined under section 4 of the Health Care Complaints Act 1993, whether on a paid or voluntary basis.

The Commission has also referred all information and documentation relating to this matter to the relevant Commonwealth Authorities.

Further Information

Access to 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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