Public Statement in relation to Mr Aziz Sabel

26 May 2020

The NSW Health Care Complaints Commission investigated a complaint about the conduct of unregistered health practitioner, Mr Aziz Sabel.  The complaint alleged that Mr Sabel misrepresented himself as a dentist and had provided and/or facilitated dental treatment, including the extraction of teeth and placement of braces, during the period of December 2016 to December 2019.  Mr Sabel is not registered as a dental practitioner and has not previously held registration as a dental practitioner in Australia.

The Commission’s investigation found that Mr Sabel:

  • Provided dental treatment to at least three patients while not registered as a dental practitioner and whilst never being registered in Australia;
  • Rented rooms from established medical centres in Fairfield and Smithfield and provided dental services from these locations. Mr Sabel also provided dental services from premises rented in Mount Pritchard; 
  • Wilfully misrepresented himself as a registered dentist to two witnesses and to other members of the public; 
  • Failed to document any of the dental services provided to two witnesses, thereby failing to maintain and keep appropriate records.  

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

  • Failed to provide health services in a safe and ethical manner;  
  • Failed to maintain the necessary competence in his field or practice; 
  • Provided health care of a type that is outside his experience or training; 
  • Provided services that he or she is not qualified to provide; 
  • Failed to assist his clients to find other appropriate health care professionals, if required and practicable; 
  • Engaged in a form of misinformation or misrepresentation in relation to products or services he provided or as to his qualifications, training or professional affiliations; 
  • Failed to maintain and keep appropriate records.

The Commission is satisfied that Mr Sabel poses a risk to the health and safety of members of the public. 

The Commission therefore makes the following prohibition order:

  • Mr Sabel is permanently prohibited from providing any health services, as defined in s4. Of the Health Care Complaints Act 1993, whether in a paid or voluntary capacity.

The Commission has determined to make its Statement of Decision publicly available under section 41B(3)(c) of the Health Care Complaints Act 1993 but has removed material which it considers to be confidential information. 


Further Information

The full Public Statement of Decision can be read 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.

 
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