THE status of a cosmetic surgeon's bid to bring a clinic to Bendigo is unclear following media allegations about "alarming practices" in his industry.
His company says it will release a statement on the proposed practice at a later date.
Dr Daniel Lanzer's practice Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery Services has asked the City of Greater Bendigo for permission to renovate a space at 1/358 Hargreaves Street.
The company lodged its application in August, months before media groups Four Corners, The Age and the Sydney Morning Herald published allegations from a joint investigation the ABC said "exposes the alarming practices in the multi-billion-dollar cosmetic surgery industry and reveals how the regulatory system is failing to protect Australians".
The Medical Board of Australia recently accepted a legally enforceable undertaking not to practice from Dr Lanzer.
"This precludes him from undertaking all forms of medical practice in Australia," the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency said in a statement on its website.
"Our enquiries in relation to Dr Lanzer are ongoing. Because of confidentiality provisions in the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law, we are unable to provide further comment at this time."
Dr Lanzer is the high profile face of the practice but not its sole practitioner.
The practice has clinics and offices across multiple states.
Paperwork filed with the Hargreaves Mall application suggests that Dr Lanzer is the owner of the space, which was once a Radio Rentals shopfront.
It would cost an estimated $300,000 to renovate the space into a clinic with eight treatment rooms.
The clinic would specialise in dermatological treatments, as well as offer laser hair removal and cosmetic injecting.
The BendigoAdvertiser reached out to representatives of the skin clinic company for Dr Lazner's position on the allegations and to clarify the status of the Bendigo clinic bid.
The company said it expected to make a public statement at a later date.
Dr Lazner posted a statement to his Instagram account several weeks ago saying he would not be talking to journalists about the media investigation's claims.
He characterised many of the allegations published by Four Corners, The Age and the Sydney Morning Herald as "misinformation" and said it was part of a wider turf war between cosmetic surgeons and other surgery professions.
"I am not going to respond to any of the ex-staffers' claims nor am I going to come forward with information relevant to the turf war which prompted the surgeons to criticize me," he wrote in the Instagram post.
"Instead I have commissioned an independent assessment of the allegations and the practices in my clinics to ensure they maintain highest standards [sic] of care that have been a hallmark of my 30 year career."
The city's council must base its decision on the merits of the planning proposal and has no jurisdiction over medical matters.
It is preparing a report on the application.
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