Police appeal as investigations into fake COVID exemptions continue

Detectives are appealing for anyone who has had contact with a Gold Coast woman, accused of pretending to be a doctor and issuing hundreds of COVID exemption certificates, to come forward.

The 46-year-old was arrested on Wednesday after police executed a search warrant at a home on Robert Street in Labrador.

The woman was later charged with five counts of taking a title indicating a person is a health practitioner after she allegedly told police she had issued more than 600 false medical exemption certificates.


The certificates stated that the person was exempt from having COVID tests, getting a vaccine and wearing a mask.

Following the news, police said they have received several calls from concerned members of the community who believe they may have had interactions with the woman.

“In many instances, people would not have known the woman was acting illegally,” Queensland Police said.

“However, it is important to recognise the ‘exemptions’ issued by the woman are invalid.”

Police allege the woman engaged with people across the country, primarily via initial online video consultations.

They’re appealing for anyone who may have spoken to the woman via phone, video conference or in person to come forward.

If you have information for Police, please contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using their online form 24 hours per day.

You can also report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24 hours per day. Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation.