A former Victorian medical practitioner who practised the profession after being suspended by the Medical Board of Australia (the Board) has been fined $100,000 for breaching the National Law.

Mr Mohamad Anwar, who did not attend the Magistrates Court at Melbourne ON 1 February, pleaded guilty through his legal representation and was convicted of four charges of “holding himself out” as a registered medical practitioner when he was not.

The charges were laid following an investigation by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency.

The chief executive officer of AHPRA, Mr Martin Fletcher, welcomed the outcome as “a strong message to anyone who thinks they can treat patients as a medical practitioner when they are not registered to do so”.

“This is the single largest fine against an individual in Australia for claiming to be a registered medical practitioner when they are not under the National Law.”

The court recorded a conviction against Mr Anwar and imposed a total fine of $100,000 as well as awarding costs to AHPRA in the amount of $14,884.56.