An Australian male nurse who called for a “world free of homosexuals” has had his licence suspended.

Matthew George Price, of Sunshine Coast, had written a letter to a New South Wales school alumni newsletter in April, in which he expressed anti-gay views.

Price, who described himself as a “cured homosexual”, said he had written to US president Barack Obama to ask him to help.

“I am also writing to world leaders and trying to make a world free from homosexuals,” the letter to Xavier College said.

“My biggest push has been in the United States of America. The country needs as much help as possible at the moment – change will happen. Then hopefully it will spread around the world.”

His letter revealed he lived in Noosa and worked as a nurse.

Price will have his licence suspended “until he is deemed fit and competent for practice”, a Queensland Nursing Council spokeswoman told brisbanetimes.com.au.

However, the spokeswoman could not confirm the reason for the suspension. She said: “Under Section 68 of the Nurses’ Act 1992, a nurse’s licence may be suspended if there are questions about the nurse’s health, conduct or competence.”

Price is thought to have worked at private health care facilities rather than in the public sector.