Anti-vaccine chiropractor – member and former president of the Chiropractors’ Association of Australia – Simon Floreani is embroiled in a new controversy surrounding the limitations of his professional practice.
Floreani – who is/was a professional member of the discredited anti-vaccination organisation, the Australian Vaccination-skeptics Network – has been named in a Victorian court, today, as the chiropractor who referred one of his patients to a “fake gynaecologist”, with the patient subsequently being one of a number of women who were allegedly sexually assaulted by the fake IVF specialist, Raffaele Di Paolo. It was claimed that Floreani was treating the patient, unsuccessfully, for infertility.
Another former patient of Mr Di Paolo told the court she had been referred to him by chiropractor Simon Floreani, after Mr Floreani had failed to help her fall pregnant by performing chiropractic “adjustments” on her.
Mr Floreani, a past president of the Chiropractors Association of Australia, has courted controversy for promoting anti-vaccination material to patients.
[The] former patient, who was referred by Mr Floreani, said Di Paolo had told her he previously worked at Monash IVF Australia.
The woman, who sought Di Paolo’s help to fall pregnant when she was in her mid-40s, said he told her he had a medical background, and was using homeopathy to help treat her infertility.
The woman said she became suspicious of Di Paolo’s qualifications when she did not get her period, and he told her she must be pregnant.
However, when she asked him for a referral to get an ultrasound, he told her he was unable to do so, and she would need to visit her GP.
Her GP found she was not pregnant.
In July 2014 Floreani and three other chiropractors at his Vitality business were cautioned for having anti-vaccination paraphernalia in the Melbourne business’s waiting room. Floreani and his chiropractor wife, Jennifer Barham-Floreani, have a long history of anti-vaccination and other non-evidence-based activism; they are regular presenters and attendees at the annual California Jam chiropractic event in the US, appearing with other anti-vaccination activists such as Andrew Wakefield and Sherri Tenpenny.
In March 2016, it was revealed that Simon Floreani sneaked into a Melbourne hospital, in 2000, to treat a patient with a severe spinal injury. Floreani lied about why he was at the hospital, telling the hospital that he was the patient’s snowboard coach. The patient’s mother wrote:
Simon under the guise of Josh’s snowboard coach was adjusting Josh (not near the injury) within 7 days of his accident, as soon as he was out of the ICU
Floreani’s Facebook profile still features several videos in which Floreani claims to treat colic and other conditions, in babies. These conditions were recently cited by the Chiropractic Board of Australia as breaches of advertising guidelines.
Once again, it appears that the Chiropractic Board of Australia will be required to investigate Floreani for apparent multiple breaches of his scope of practice.