Man who allegedly posed as Qld nurse charged

A man accused of posing as a nurse for six weeks in a Cape York hospital has been charged with fraud.

The 30-year-old Darwin man was charged on Saturday with one count of fraud after Cairns detectives made contact with him in the Northern Territory.

He has been accused of using someone else’s employee registration number at the Aurukun Primary Health Centre on Cape York during February and March.

The matter was subsequently referred to the Queensland Police Service, the Crime and Misconduct Commission and the Health Ombudsman.

A departmental taskforce was also established to investigate how the man slipped through the screening process.

Queensland Health Minister Cameron Dick said last week the health employee responsible for the oversight had been stood down. He also said vetting methods at Queensland’s hospitals are “robust”.

The man will appear in the Cairns Magistrates Court on April 24.