A life coach accused of impersonating a doctor and writing 600 fake Covid ‘exemption certificates’ believed she had the authority to hand out medical documents, police say.
Maria Pau, also known as Maria Power, is said to have granted the waivers of a property in Labrador on the Gold Coast, with the certificates stating that a person is exempt from undergoing COVID testing, receiving a vaccine and carrying of a mask.
On Wednesday, police arrested the 45-year-old woman from Darling Heights, near Toowomba, at an address in Robert St, Labrador.
She was charged under the National Law Health Practitioner Regulation with five counts of taking a title indicating a person is a health practitioner.
She was believed to have charged $150 for each certificate.
Speaking at a press conference in Brisbane on Thursday, Detective Superintendent Damien Powell of Task Force Sierra Linnet said that Ms Pau had admitted to issuing 600 exemption certificates.
“She believes she is entitled to issue those certificates,” Detective Powell said.
Maria Pau, also known as Maria Power, is said to have granted the exemptions of a property in Labrador on the Gold Coast
Maria Pau, also known as Maria Power, founded a Gold Coast charity, Coaching With Substance, which aims to help people overcome addictions
“She wasn’t promoted to a doctor. And as I mentioned earlier, she is not registered with Ahpra (the Australia Health Practitioner Regulation Agency), nor is she registered with Medicare.”
Ms. Pau, also known as Maria Power, founded a charity, Coaching With Substance, which aims to help people overcome addictions, “improve their life skills and regain a sense of self.”
She has an extensive social media presence claiming that her charity is “multi-award winning” and that she is an international bestselling author who has authored over 150 articles and academic texts on wellness and recovery from addiction.
One of her ebooks, Kill Your Addiction Before It Kills You: How I Transformed My Life of Addictions, Bipolar and Suicide, sells for $19 on the Coaching with Substance website.
The book, the blurb says, tells the story of how, at age 11, Ms Pau traveled alone on a plane to get to Australia.
“Began drinking at age 13 and started smoking crystal meth at age 15. When she was 18, she sold her body for a living and spent modeling, marijuana, cocaine, ecstasy and LSD, partying with socialites, fashionistas, politicians, celebrities and dating Yakuza, Triad and 5T gangster boyfriends.”
The 45-year-old has an extensive social media presence claiming her charity is ‘multi-award winning’
Originally from Makati in the Philippines, Ms. Pau discusses her own 20-year struggle with ‘polydrug use’
Originally from Makati in the Philippines, Ms. Pau discusses her own 20-year struggle with “polydrug use,” including a “history of many mental institutions in four countries.”
“Somehow, at the age of 17, I found myself all alone as a fashion model in Asia, with no chaperone and no parental accompaniment.
“I look back now and realize it was a surefire recipe to attract the wrong people of the world.”
In a YouTube video publishing her book, Kill Your Addiction, she says she went through a year of “absolute recovery” in 2013 after her father passed away the year before.
“I was detoxing from all the toxicity I had accumulated in my life, such as coke addiction, meth addiction, toxic men, domestic violence, inside and outside psychiatric wards, I documented all of that so you can see how you can transform a life that is teeming with addiction problems,” she said.
Mrs. Pau is a doctor, just not a doctor. She graduated as Doctor of Professional Research (Addiction) from the University of Southern Queensland in August
Some of her social posts reveal Ms Pau’s attitude during the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent public health restrictions
Mrs. Pau is a doctor, just not a doctor. She graduated as Doctor of Professional Research (Addiction) from the University of Southern Queensland in August.
In an online bio, Ms. Pau’s PhD was on ‘Measuring the effect of coaching on individuals with substance use problems using the mind-body-mind framework… coined ‘Collaborative Peer Recovery Coaching’.”
A number of her social posts reveal Ms Pau’s attitude during the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent public health restrictions.
On August 11, 2020 she posted: ‘TIME TO WAKE THE F UP!!!!!’
‘DO WE STILL PUNISH PEOPLE WITHOUT FACE MASK OR energize a VIRUS with a mortality rate of less than 2%. “I am so confused about how the COVID can still be the most discussed topic when it is now GENERAL PUBLIC KNOWLEDGE that our ENTIRE WORLD is systematically controlled by a Global Elite PEDOPHILE RING.
“Half of our country is blindly distracted by a BULLSHIT virus and the other half is being silenced.”
The post was deregistered as ‘Coach M Power’.
In a post to Facebook and Instagram on Aug. 10, Ms. Pau asked, “Is your job at risk?” next to a photo of the Public Health Amendment (Vaccination Compensation) Bill 2021 (NSW).
She then indicated a number of points that people should raise in a formal letter or in ‘disciplinary’ conversations with their employer.
The points reiterated well-known points of discussion of the anti-vaccination movement regarding the safety and effectiveness of the Covid-19 vaccines.
‘The [vaccine] has not been properly tested for safety. There has been insufficient testing in people with comorbidity, pregnant women or the elderly and yet it is [jabbed] into it with disastrous results,” she wrote.
In July, videos on social media show Ms Pau wearing a t-shirt with the slogan The Great Awakening as she marches in a ‘freedom rally’ in Brisbane.
On the crowdfunding platform Givenow.com.au, Ms. Pau’s charity sought $200.00 for an 8-week ‘Breakthrough Recovery Incubator’ to help people recover from various addictions. The site showed that $69,900 had been raised so far.
“Participants will be invited to apply to this groundbreaking 8-week incubator program, once our fundraising goals of $75,000 are met for the first group of 30 people (it’s a $2,500 scholarship fund for each person to participate) ,’ the fundraiser states.