Unanderra nursing home sex abuser gets life ban from health care work

A Horsley man jailed for sexually abusing two vulnerable, disabled patients at Unanderra's Marco Polo nursing home has been banned from the health services industry for life.

Daniel Thomas Mooney was ordered to spend a minimum of seven years behind bars last year over the horrific assault of two female patients at the home in 2010 and 2012 while employed as a carer.

At the time, presiding judge Deborah Payne said the case was one of the worst she had seen during her time on the bench.

In the wake of the convictions, the NSW Health Care Complaints Commission last month banned Mooney for life from providing health care in any capacity.

The commission's statement on the matter reads: "Following a NSW police investigation, Mr Mooney was convicted under the NSW Crimes Act of two counts of aggravated sexual assault.

"A commission investigation found that Mr Mooney breached the code of conduct for unregistered health practitioners, which states that 'health practitioners must provide health services in a safe and ethical manner'.

"The possibility that Mr Mooney may engage in similar conduct on his release from prison poses a risk to the health or safety of members of the public, and the commission has made an order that Mr Mooney is permanently prohibited from providing any health services in any capacity, either paid or voluntary".

Mooney's earliest release date is August 2020.

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