Fake doctor exposed at Werribee Cosmetic Clinic Melbourne

A unregistered doctor who was allegedly practicing in west Melbourne has been exposed by the industry regulatory body.

Phoebe Pacheco is believed to have provided care to patients at Werribee Cosmetic Clinic on Synnot Street in Melbourne.

The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) said Ms Pacheco consulted with patients from January 2013 to November 2016.

 According to records obtained from the cosmetic clinic, Ms Pacheco is believed to have conducted GP-like consultations and carried out minor procedures with more than 145 patients during that time.

AHPRA believes more patients may have also seen Ms Pacheco, but the precise contact details of these people are not yet known.

The regulatory body is urging anyone who saw Ms Pacheco as a patient to consult their nearest medical practitioner.

The Department of Health and Human Services has also been informed.

According to Ms Pacheco’s Linkedin profile she studied medicine at University of Santa Tomas in the Philippines from 1991-1996.

Her current job is listed as ‘Physician Assistant, Experienced Medical Laser Therapist’ at the clinic in Werribee.

She faces a fine of up to $30,000 for holding herself out to be a practitioner while unregistered.

Acting Victorian Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton said there was no evidence of harm to patients.

‘(But) anyone who saw Ms Pacheco at this site or any other site should see a GP as a follow up,’ he said on Tuesday.

AHPRA Executive Director of Strategy and Policy, Mr Chris Robertson, said anyone with concerns that someone has been pretending to be a registered medical practitioner when they are not, should contact AHPRA.

‘It’s important that patients know that when they see a registered practitioner, they are seeing someone who has met high, national standards and are held to account if they deviate from them’, he said.

‘This same assurance cannot be provided by someone who is not registered’, said Mr Robertson.

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