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Man accused of posing as qualified paramedic and giving flu jabs
11-02-17, 21:26 (This post was last modified: 11-02-17 21:26 by SIU UK.)
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Man accused of posing as qualified paramedic and giving flu jabs
By
Melanie Petrinec, Exclusive, The Courier-Mail

A BRISBANE man accused of posing as a qualified ­paramedic is facing jail after he allegedly gave ­almost 140 people flu injections at a central Queensland coal port.

Calvin Jordan Wahlberg has been slapped with 138 charges for administering a restricted drug, the flu ­vaccine Fluarix, in 2014, mostly at Hay Point south of Mackay.

The 38-year-old has also been charged with fraud for allegedly attempting to dishonestly gain an advantage by applying for membership of the Australia and New Zealand College of Paramedics.

It comes after the Office of the Health Ombudsman hit Wahlberg with a ban in December 2015, preventing him from engaging in paid or unpaid employment in any clinical or non-clinical capacity relating to the provision of health services.

The ban noted he was accused of being a “person providing health services as a paramedic without any qualifications”.

According to Wahlberg’s LinkedIn profile, he has been the “clinical and operations director” of his own business, EMC Rescue Service, since 2007.

“The EMC Rescue Service is dedicated to first-class patient care in the pre hospital, general, remote, aero medical, hyperbaric & tactical medicine fields in the Oil & Gas, Construction, Remote and War effected [sic] regions around the world,” the profile reads.

“We can provide Doctors, Paramedics and Nurses including full medical facilities or remote/relocatable services with rescue ambulances to suit the requirements of the client.”

While it is not illegal to operate such a business without qualifications, it is illegal to administer drugs or carry out other medical duties.

According to court documents, Wahlberg was originally charged with 138 counts of unlawful wounding, but prosecutors decided to proceed with the drug charges instead.

He was committed to stand trial in the District Court on the fraud charge in December last year, while the drugs charges were adjourned to be ­mentioned again in the Brisbane Magistrates Court in April.

No pleas have been entered to the charges.

Link: http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/na...c6d2ef7d97

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