Queensland Health have washed their hands of Matt Price, the Noosa based nurse whose letter to Xavier High School called for “a world free of homosexuals” who lived lives devoted to drugs and sex.
His letter called for businesses not to employ homosexuals, and claimed to be a ‘cured’ homosexual, saying his new ‘heterosexual’ life allowed him to “lead/heal [his] spiritual life in the way [he] was guided as a child.
Peter Hackney from Queensland Pride was told by a Queensland Health spokesperson that the matter was not a concern of the health department.
“Queensland Health has no record of employing a nurse of that name,” said the spokesperson. “Queensland Health has no role in the employment or monitoring of nurses working in the private sector.”
The Queensland nursing council have since committed to investigate Matt Price, registered under the name Matthew George Price until June 30, 2010.
“In the interests of natural justice, the Queensland Nursing Council (QNC) is unable to provide a response to [specific] questions regarding Matthew Price at this time,” said the QNC’s Manager of Communications and Marketing, Bree Rogers.
“However … I can confirm that the council will be undertaking an assessment of Mr Price’s fitness and competence to practice as a registered nurse in terms of protection of the public.”
Publishing the letter has caused outrage amongst the gay community, and lead to further homophobia raising its ugly head.
After calling for the Xavier High School to apologise for publishing the letter and donate money to a LGBT youth charity, gay activist Gary Burns found himself under attack.
The Border Mail newspaper in Beechworth ran an article called ‘Gay activist wants cash from school’ with the adjacent article Matt Price’s opinions on homosexuality under the headline, ‘World of sex and drugs’.
The Border Mail has neither published the article online or commented further.