Physiotherapist fined for hiring unqualified workers to treat aged care residents

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A disgraced physiotherapist was fined $10,000 and ordered to pay $50,685 in costs to the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency after hiring two unqualified physiotherapists to work in Melbourne aged care homes.

Michael Dempsey pleaded guilty to knowingly hiring the unqualified physiotherapists who conducted ‘complex’ therapies on a number of residents at the aged care homes between April and May of 2018, The Herald Sun reported.

No residents suffered any injuries as a result of being cared for by the unqualified physiotherapists.

Dempsey’s conviction comes after he was fined $120,000 by the Launceston Magistrate’s Court in 2019 for hiring 11 untrained migrant workers to work with other aged care residents in Tasmania in 2018.

His registration was then suspended by the Physiotherapy Board of Australia in September of the same year.

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