New AHPRA crime unit targets fake doctors

Impersonating a health practitioner can now land you in prison

AHPRA says it is beefing up its investigatory capabilities as part of a crackdown on fake doctors, which will include the potential for jail time in serious cases.

Shyam Acharya
Fake doctor Shyam Acharya.

From Monday, imposters who masquerade as qualified health practitioners will face penalties of up to three years’ imprisonment and increased fines of up to $60,000.

Under changes coming into effect to the health practitioner