A woman has been charged after issuing hundreds of false medical exemption certificates for Covid vaccinations, according to reports.
Maria Carmel Pau, from Queensland, who calls herself Dr Maria Power online, is the first person in the state to be charged with posing as a doctor, police said.
But Pau insists she has done "nothing wrong".
"All I’m simply doing is protecting the people that don’t want to suffer the adverse effects of Covid-19 PCR tests," she said in an interview with news.com.au.
Speaking at a press conference in Brisbane, Detective Acting Inspector Damien Powell from Taskforce Sierra Linnet said Ms Pau could face fines and possible jail time.
He said: "She does not hold a medical doctorate degree. And as I indicated earlier, she’s not registered with Ahpra (the Australia Health Practitioner Regulation Agency), nor is she registered with Medicare.
"She’s basically anti-Covid. Does not believe people should be forced into vaccination. She doesn’t believe she’s doing anything wrong."
In a statement, via News.com.au, Queensland Police said she was the first person in Queensland to be charged with this offence after she allegedly dished out over 600 vaccination exemptions.
"Police have charged a woman for allegedly pretending to be a doctor and issuing fake medical ‘exemption certificates’ stating a person is exempt from undergoing COVID testing, receiving a vaccine and wearing a mask,’" Queensland Police said.
"This morning, investigators from Task Force Sierra Linnet, in conjunction with Gold Coast Detectives, executed a search warrant at an address on Robert Street, Labrador, where a woman was arrested.
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"A 45-year-old Darling Heights woman has now been charged under Health Practitioner Regulation National Law with five counts of taking a title indicating a person is a health practitioner."
She is scheduled to appear at the Southport Magistrates Court on Thursday, October 28.
But Ms Chau doesn't think she's done anything wrong.
"I don’t know about anti-vaxxer," she said.
"What I have concerns about is people with really informed consent. So if they choose to wait for a certain period of time, and if they have medical conditions that could affect them if they were to have the Covid vaccination, then that’s what I talked to them about.
"Then they decide for themselves whether they choose to get the vaccination or not according to the adverse effects, and all the research that’s out there about the Covid vaccination."
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