Complaint against anti-vaccination group
A militant anti-vaccination group is the subject of an official complaint to the NSW Health Care Complaints Commission, alleging that it is endangering children’s health by acting as a de facto health care provider and offering misleading advice.
The Australian Vaccination Network, which is given a high profile by the media in urging parents not to have their children immunised, should be prohibited from making unsubstantiated health claims says the Australian Skeptics group.
In a complaint to the commission, a supporter of the Australian Skeptics, Ken McLeod, says the AVN is engaging in misleading and deceptive conduct with the intent of persuading parents not to vaccinate their children, and this is in breach of the Health Care Complaints Act.
AVN president Meryl Dorey has rejected the claims, saying that she operates an information service, and that the Health Care Complaints Commission has no jurisdiction over the NSW-based network.