Public Statement – Mr Brendan Russell – Body Modification Provider – Permanent Prohibition Order

27 May 2022

The NSW Health Care Complaints Commission (Commission) investigated the conduct of Mr Brendan Russell, a body modification provider.

In his capacity as a body modification provider, Mr Russell is considered to be a nonregistered health practitioner and subject to the Code of Conduct for non-registered health practitioners (Code of Conduct) set out in schedule 3 of the Public Health Regulation 2012.

Mr Russell was charged with criminal offences relating to services he provided to three clients. One related to the removal of part of a client’s labia. Another related to the death of a client following the subdermal implantation of a silicone object into the client’s right hand. Lastly, Mr Russell performed abdominal surgery on another client and made incisions into her abdominal tissue to remove fat after he told her that he could give her a “flat and tight” stomach.

On 15 November 2021 Mr Russell was convicted of the charge of Intentionally Causing Grievous Bodily Harm and Aid/Abet/Counsel or Procure Female Genital Mutilation.

On 16 November 2021 Mr Russell was convicted of Manslaughter.

The Commission considers that based on Mr Russell’s convictions and conduct, he has breached numerous clauses of the Code of Conduct. The Commission also considers that Mr Russell poses a risk to the health and safety of members of the public.

Accordingly, the Commission makes the following prohibition order under section 41A(2)(a) of the Health Care Complaints Act 1993 (Act):

Mr Brendan Russell, a body modification provider, is permanently prohibited from providing any health services, either in paid employment or voluntarily, to any member of the public.

For the purposes of this order, a health services carries the same meaning as defined under section 4 of the Act.

Further Information

Access the Commission’s Statement of Decision here

Access to the Commission's media release here.

For further information, contact the Executive Officer of the Health Care Complaints Commission, on 9219 7444 or send an email to

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