Professional Misconduct

Oscar Gettar

Address: NSW, Australia
Sex: Male
Occupation: massage therapist
Date: 4 September 2012


On 31 August 2012 the Health Care Complaints Commission concluded its investigation into Mr Oscar Gettar, massage therapist, and found that he had breached the Code of Conduct for Unregistered Health Practitioners. 

The investigation was the result of a complaint made to the Commission by a client of Mr Gettar in relation to inappropriate physical contact during a massage consultation in January 2012.

Under section 41A(2) of the Health Care Complaints Act 1993, the Commission has made a prohibition order and has decided to issue the following public statement:

The NSW Health Care Complaints Commission conducted an investigation into the professional conduct of a massage therapist, Mr Oscar Gettar.

The investigation found that Mr Gettar breached Clause 3(1) of the Code of Conduct for Unregistered Health Practitioners (“the Code of Conduct”) by failing to provide a health service in a safe and ethical manner during a consultation with a patient on 19 January 2012, in that he:

►   removed his shirt;

►   massaged the patient while she was completely naked;

►   touched the patient's genitals without her consent; and

►   hugged the patient.

The investigation also found that Mr Gettar breached Clause 12(1) of the Code of Conduct, by publishing information on his website indicating that he was a member of the Australian Natural Therapists Association, when it was not in fact the case.

The Commission was satisfied that Mr Gettar breached the above Clauses of the Code of Conduct and poses a risk to the health or safety of the public.

The Commission ordered that Mr Gettar is prohibited from practising, advertising or otherwise promoting himself as a massage therapist until such time as he has completed a course recognised by ANTA, ATMS or other relevant professional association and been fully accredited by one of these professional associations.