Mr Matthew Scott Pratt – Disability Support Worker – Permanent Prohibition Order
13 April 2022
The NSW Health Care Complaints Commission ("the Commission") investigated the conduct of Mr Matthew Scott Pratt, an unregistered health practitioner who provided services as a Disability Support Worker at the Illalong Home operated by Cerebral Palsy Alliance.
The Commission’s investigation found that on 27 June 2020, Mr Pratt demonstrated a lack of appropriate care and appropriate response towards four patients with intellectual and/or physical disabilities.
Mr Pratt breached the significant trust of family members and the wider community to provide a safe environment and deliver appropriate health care to the residents who were particularly vulnerable.
The Commission is satisfied that Mr Pratt 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 Matthew Pratt, disability support worker, is prohibited under any circumstances, to provide, or cause to be provided, any health services in an aged care facility or disability environment, either in paid employment or voluntarily, to any member of the public.
This order will remain in place until Mr Pratt:
- Can satisfy the Commission that he has reflected on his practise;
- Can satisfy the Commission that he has completed an appropriate training course in the provision of care and treatment for persons with intellectual and physical disabilities. The course must have a formal Assessment component;
- Has received the written approval of the Commission to recommence employment.
For the purposes of this order, 'a health service' carries the same meaning as defined under section 4 of the Act.
For further information, contact the Executive Officer of the Health Care Complaints Commission, on 9219 7444 or send an email to email@example.com.
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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