Public Statement - Mr Noel Matthew Glyde - Counsellor - Permanent Prohibition Order
22 June 2021
The NSW Health Care Complaints Commission (Commission) investigated the conduct of Mr Noel Matthew Glyde, School Counsellor.
In his capacity as a school counsellor, Mr Glyde is considered to be an unregistered health practitioner and subject to the Code of Conduct for unregistered health practitioners (Code of Conduct) set out in schedule 3 of the Public Health Regulation 2012.
Between 2017 and 2018, Mr Glyde assaulted two students on different occasions over a two-year period by hitting each student with a ruler.
On 17 December 2020, Mr Glyde entered a plea of guilty at Narooma Local Court to two counts of common assault.
Mr Glyde was issued a $750 fine for each count and placed on a community corrections order for a 12-month period.
Mr Glyde pleaded guilty to using a ruler to discipline two students causing injury such as swelling/bruising.
In working as a school counsellor, Mr Glyde is afforded significant trust by the Department of Education, education institutions and the parents/guardians of students who attend those institutions, to provide a safe environment for young persons who are inherently vulnerable.
The Commission considers that based on Mr Glyde's convictions and conduct, he has breached clause 3(1) of the Code of Conduct, in that he failed to provide health services in a safe and ethical manner. The Commission also considers that Mr Glyde poses a significant 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 Glyde is permanently prohibited from providing any health services in any capacity, either paid or voluntary.
For the purposes of this order, a health services carries the same meaning as defined under section 4 of the Act.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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