Joel Morehu-Barlow
Joel Morehu-Barlow Queensland Police

Programs to benefit from fake prince

ALMOST $12 million allegedly siphoned from the Queensland Health system by a fake Tahitian prince will be reinvested in health programs across the state.

Former Queensland Health employee Joel Morehu-Barlow is accused of stealing $16 million out of the state health system to fund his own lavish lifestyle between 2007 and 2011.

He allegedly told people his wealth came from being a Tahitian prince.

Health Minister Lawrence Springborg confirmed on Thursday the state had sold $11.9 million of Barlow's assets.

The funds will be used in medical and health programs including Breastscreen Queensland and a new human papilloma virus vaccination program for boys.

The funds currently are the subject of a Crime and Misconduct Commission restraint.

Earlier this year, millions of dollars of Barlow's assets were frozen and seized, including a riverside New Farm apartment, jet skis, designer clothing and art work.

The Supreme Court granted the Public Trustee permission to sell off a number of the possessions.

Programs to Benefit

  • $1.7m for human papilloma virus vaccine to boys
  • $1m for Breastscreen Queensland
  • $2.5m for Operating Room Management Information Systems
  • $1.1m for the Enhance Outbreak Response Program at Forensic and Scientific Services
  • $1.37m to Know Your Numbers campaign administered by the National Stroke Foundation
  • $1.9m to the Queensland Quitline telephone service
  • $850,000 in 2012-13 for Professor Ken O'Byrne to develop a comprehensive cancer translational research program including establishing a tissue bioba nk and conducting clinical trials at Princess Alexandra Hospital.
  • $850,000 in 2012-13 for Professor Robyn McDermott to establish a Centre for Chronic Disease Prevention and Care in Cairns which will serve the rural and remote communities of far north Queensland, especially Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. The centre will work closely with James Cook University and Cairns Base Hospital.


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