Acting Against The Anti-Vaccination Network – Complaint Lodged With NSW Health Care Complaints Commission (HCCC)
Now being passed around on Twitter – new news about the AVN and Meryl Dorey being challenged for their posing as “health service providers” who “provid(e) health education services to the public” for the purposes of the Health Care Complaints Act 1993 (NSW).
The document, which can be found as a pdf – ‘Complaint to HCCC‘ – here, includes:
In Division 1 of the Act, we find that a complaint may be made by any person against a health service provider even though, at the time the complaint is made, the health service provider is not qualified or entitled to provide the health service concerned.
The Act defines a “health practitioner” as “a natural person who provides a health service (whether or not the person is registered under a health registration Act).” It defines a “health service provider” as a “person who provides a health service (being a health practitioner or a health organisation).”
The Act defines a “health service” as including the following services, inter alia, whether provided as public or private services:
“(f) community health services,
(g) health education services,
(k) services provided in other alternative health care fields.”
Clearly therefore, both the AVN, (being a health service provider), and Meryl Dorey (being a health service provider and health practitioner), fall within the jurisdiction of The Health Care Complaints Act 1993, via these three sub-paragraphs and their claims to provide “ counselling,” “information,” and “support,” and their activities in providing technical medical information and medical advice.