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Andrew Katelaris denies he's after "personal glory"

Deregistered: Andrew Katelaris is unable to practise medicine, but says action against him by NSW health authorities is "retarding progress".

THE receptionist at Newcastle’s Ubuntu centre was apologetic. “He’s a busy doctor and he doesn’t always answer,” she said after supplying a mobile phone number for Andrew Katelaris, who was deregistered in 2005 for using and prescribing cannabis to patients, and later convicted of growing cannabis plants near Dungog. Dr Katelaris has a doctorate in medicine – a PhD – from the University of NSW that he relies on to continue calling himself a doctor, despite being deregistered as a physician more than 11 years ago. “It’s not an attempt to pretend I’m a registered doctor,” he said in a call on Wednesday, when I put to him that a person phoning his Newcastle centre, and being told “He’s a busy doctor”, might be left with the impression he was a registered doctor in good standing with health authorities. You can check on these things, of course, although that will only take you so far. Type “Katelaris” into the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency and