AHPRA has again highlighted that Australians must not hold themselves out to be a health practitioner if they are not one, following the conviction of a fake dentist
A NSW man was convicted and fined $11,250 last week for falsely representing that he was authorised or qualified to practise as a dentist.
Majid Rahebi was also fined $18,750 for performing restricted dental acts and ordered to pay approximately $19,950 in costs.
Mr Rahebi was convicted in the Local Court of NSW after pleading guilty to all charges.
Mr Rahebi’s company, MJ Dental Care Pty Ltd, was also convicted and fined $11,250 for representing that Mr Rahebi was authorised or qualified to practise as a dentist.
Mr Rahebi was charged on 14 May 2018 by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency with 44 counts of falsely representing that he was a registered dentist and 31 counts of performing a restricted dental act.
Mr Rahebi’s business, MJ Dental Care Pty Ltd, was also charged with falsely representing that Mr Rahebi was authorised or qualified to practise as a dentist.
The charges related to Mr Rahebi’s conduct between 15 November 2017 and 24 February 2018 while working at his business MJ Dental Care Pty Ltd at Guildford West, NSW.
Mr Rahebi has never been registered as a dentist or as any other health practitioner in Australia and holds no formal dental qualifications.
Mr Rahebi operated the business MJ Dental Care Pty Ltd through which he provided dental services under the guise of being a registered dental practitioner.
He represented himself to the public and to his patients as being authorised or qualified to practise in the dental profession. He consulted with patients and carried out dental treatment, including restricted dental acts.
The restricted dental acts carried out by Mr Rahebi included significant invasive procedures such as root canal treatment, crowns and tooth extractions. Further, Mr Rahebi possessed and administered prescription medications, namely anaesthetics, when he was not authorised to do so.
AHPRA CEO Martin Fletcher said that part of AHPRA’s role is to act against people pretending to be qualified to provide regulated health services.
Dental Board of Australia Chair Murray Thomas said this outcome and other recent similar outcomes show that regulators take seriously anyone falsely claiming to be dentists.