Former doctor prosecuted over claims of being a registered medical practitioner

On behalf of the Medical Board of Australia, AHPRA has charged Cynthia Weinstein with 14 counts of claiming to be a registered medical practitioner and one count of possessing a schedule 4 poison.

AHPRA has also charged a company, CDC Clinics Pty Ltd, of which Ms Weinstein is the sole director, with two counts of claiming that Ms Weinstein is a registered medical practitioner under section 116(2) of the National Law.

Cynthia Weinstein is the owner and practice manager of CDC Clinics, located in Armadale, Victoria.

On 22 October 2015, AHPRA executed a search warrant at the CDC Clinics and seized records, computers and other material.

AHPRA alleges that Ms Weinstein was holding herself out as a medical practitioner while unregistered and was in possession of a schedule 4 poison when she was not authorised to do so. AHPRA also alleges that CDC Clinics Pty Ltd was holding Ms Weinstein out as a medical practitioner while she was unregistered.

Charges were laid against Ms Weinstein and CDC Clinics Pty Ltd on 22 December 2015. Neither Ms Weinstein nor CDC Clinics Pty Ltd have yet had a chance to respond to the charges.

The charges against Ms Weinstein and CDC Clinics Pty Ltd will be heard in the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on 20 January 2016.

Claiming to be a registered health practitioner when not registered and claiming that another person is a registered health practitioner when they are not, are both offences under the National Law, as in force in each state and territory.

A breach of the National Law is a criminal offence and may be prosecuted by AHPRA. The maximum penalties that a court may issue if you are found guilty of an offence under the National Law are:

  • for offences under sections 113 to 118 (title and practice protections) – a fine of $30,000 in the case of an individual or $60,000 in the case of a body corporate, per offence.
  • for offences under section 133 (advertising) – a fine of $5,000 in the case of an individual or $10,000 in the case of a body corporate, per offence.

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