The woman who, according to police, pretended to be a doctor to write 600 fake medical “exemption certificates” is a life coach who battled drug addiction for years.
Maria Pau, aka 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 a 45-year-old woman from Darling Heights, near Toowomba, at an address in Robert St, Labrador. She was charged under state health practitioner law with five counts of taking a title indicating a person is a health professional.
She allegedly charged $150 for the certificates.
At a press conference in Brisbane on Thursday, Detective Superintendent Damien Powell of Task Force Sierra Linnet said Ms Pau had admitted to issuing 600 exemption certificates.
“She believes she has the right 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.”
Maria Pau, also known as Maria Power, founded a Gold Coast charity, Coaching With Substance, which aims to help people overcome addictions, “improve their life skills and regain a sense of self.”
The 45-year-old 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 more than 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 45-year-old has an extensive social media presence claiming her charity is ‘multi-award winning’
Ms Pau, originally from Makati in the Philippines, discusses her own 20-year struggle with ‘polydrug use’
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.”
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 issues,” she said.
Mrs. Pau is a doctor, just not a doctor. She graduated with a 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 about ‘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!!!!!’
‘ARE WE STILL GOING to punish people without a FACEMASK OR energize a VIRUS with a mortality rate of less than 2%. “I am so confused about how COVID can still be the hottest topic when it is now GENERAL PUBLIC KNOWLEDGE that our ENTIRE WORLD is being systematically monitored 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 work 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 comorbidities, 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 $2,500 scholarship fund for each person to participate),” states the fundraiser.