The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) has banned orthopaedic surgeon Dr Gary Fettke from giving his patients nutrition advice. It has done so after a two-year “investigation” into Fettke’s qualifications.
Overnight they’ve turned him into “Australia’s Tim Noakes”.
Elements of this case mirror the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) case against Prof Tim Noakes, a world-renowned scientist who is also a medical doctor. There are big differences, but both the AHPRA and the HPCSA cases open up a medical Pandora’s box. Both go to the heart of what it means to be a real “doctor of medicine”, and who is best qualified to give advice on nutrition:
Both these cases boil down to a medical and dietetic battle for territory. In both cases, the regulatory agencies take up cudgels on one side of that battle. They support powerful vested interests propping up the territories.