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The AVN 2011 – Perth Lectures In October and November

In Health on October 24, 2011 at 11:41 am

Dear Readers,

In response to Meryl Dorey and the AVN coming to Perth on October 25th and other dates in the state during October/November 2011 – this blogpost was created.

Please read the pages that are featured, including: Vaccines – Why?

Child Vaccination Rates Plunge – The West Australian Newspaper, May 28th, 2010.

The WA Flu Vaccine Under-5 Program.

Vaccine Studies – Examine The Evidence (pdf).

As a part of investigating the information that is being given by the AVN, a blogpost will be documenting the visit. Thanks for your interest, and please check out the links that are given.

Call For Renewed Global Commitment on World Polio Day – 24th October 2011

In Health on October 24, 2011 at 10:00 am

ABC RadioMonday marks World Polio Day, a day set aside to remember the disease that threatens children with paralysis, sometimes even death.

Twenty years ago, polio killed or paralysed 350,000 children each year worldwide. 

Since then, lifesaving vaccines have dramatically reduced the spread of polio with 99 percent of the world free from the disease. But a recent outbreak in China, as well as persistent challenges in Africa and Pakistan, show that polio is still a serious threat.

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ABC1 LATELINE Expose On The AVN – NSW Health Care Commission Ruling

In Health on July 12, 2010 at 12:55 pm

Breaking news! The complaint to the NSW State Government-funded Health Care Complaints commission (HCCC) has been successfully upheld! Now the AVN has to feature disclaimers on their website.

It’s only just showing on ABC1’s Lateline program over in the Eastern States – if you’re in Western Australia, it’ll be screened at 10.35pm. There’ll be a transcript, vodcast and details on their official site, if you’re unable to see it today.

In addition, the ABC website has a short news item by Steve Cannane, which you can see in the picture I’ve attached to this blog-post: ‘Anti-Vaccine Group Accused of Harassing, Misleading Parents’.

‘In Australia vaccination is a key plank of public health strategy. It is thus extremely important for individuals, especially parents, to be able to make informed decisions about vaccination. The AVN provides information that is misleading for the average reader by inaccurately representing information, selectively reporting information, and giving non-peer reviewed and anecdotal material the same authority as peer -reviewed literature’. The NSW State Government-funded Health Care Complaints commission (HCCC).

The final report, in pdf format, may be downloaded at HCCC: AVN Final Report (PDF) – it includes the following:

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The 2010 WA Telethon Institution Lecture On Vaccination. The Experts. The Facts.

In Health on July 1, 2010 at 11:49 am

I’m in the main hall of the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research (TICHR), a large indoor venue that is part of an ongoing lecture series.

There is a LOT of information being given tonight, and these are very slide-heavy and text-heavy discussions. Here is the best summaries I can do, but the final speaker Bruce Langoulant (talking about his daughter Ashley) is the most powerful in terms of emotive appeal. I thought this was particularly effective, considering that although like the others, he brings in personal experience – but his determination to get better information out and encouraging us to think about long-term impact of children harmed by disease is really sobering. I found myself on the verge of tears at times.

Dr Fiona Stanley introduces the panel, saying that because of the issues that are facing us in the community, and with the recent flu problems with adverse reactions – best thing to do is give info via experts, importantly to parents in acknowledging there’s been problems and not throw ‘babies out with bathwater’.

The people who will be talking to us are:

  • Dr Peter Richmond – Paediatrician at PMH, Head vaccine trials groups at TICHR – prof at school of paediatrics and child health at UWA.
  • Clinical Associate Professor Deborah Lehmann Infectious disease research TICHR (has worked for WHO). Has worked for 30 years and committed to reducing mortality from diseases.
  • Bruce Langoulant – Chairman of the Meningitis Center (I hope I got that correct!), President of the Confederation of Meningitius Organisations Inc. and a parent of a 21 year old child disabled due to meningitus as an infant.

Brief Comments – three expert panelists. Qu. at the end. ‘Will see how it goes’. Overview by Prof Fiona Stanley of the presenters given as above.

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Lecture For ALL Parents On Vaccination Facts In Perth – Come And Discuss!

In Health on June 30, 2010 at 12:52 am

Confused by the “vaccination debate?” Are you looking for information you can trust?

The Telethon Institute for Child Health Research is hosting a free public information seminar on the latest scientific evidence surrounding childhood vaccination.

It will be an opportunity to hear from and ask questions of the State’s leading experts in immunology, infectious diseases and vaccination.

Date: Thursday 1 July, 6pm start

Venue: Telethon Institute for Child Health Research, 100 Roberts Road, Subiaco – Google Map Link Here

Host: Professor Fiona Stanley AC Panel: Dr Peter Richmond, Paediatrician, head of The Vaccine Trials Group, Clinical Associate Professor Deborah Lehmann, Infectious Disease Researcher, Mr Bruce Langoulant, Chairman, The Meningitis Centre

RSVP via email or phone 9489 7779

Vaccination Facts – A Blog In Response To The AVN Coming To Perth

In Health on May 31, 2010 at 9:39 am

Dear Readers,

In response to Meryl Dorey and the AVN coming to Perth on the 1st June, 2010 – this blog was created.

Please read the pages that are featured, including:

As a part of investigating the information that is being given by the AVN, a blogpost will be documenting the visit.

Thanks for your interest, and please check out the links that are given.

What Is The Australian Vaccination Network?

In Health on May 26, 2010 at 9:46 pm

The Australian Vaccination Network (AVN) is the group that the Skeptic Zone podcast and the Australian Skeptics report upon on a regular basis.

The AVN spreads false claims including that vaccines contain toxic quantities of mercury, aluminium, and formaldehyde; that vaccines cause conditions such as autism. They also provide incorrect information about the risks of childhood illnesses.

Following the tragic death of three babies to Whooping Cough, the Australian Skeptics has established an information page with information on the myths and realities of vaccines and links to reputable sources.

If you are not familiar with the AVN, I strongly suggest you read and pass on the story by David McCaffery, about the death of his daughter Dana from the preventable disease whooping cough / pertussis (posted thanks to Dr Rachie of the Sceptic’s Book blog and the Zone).

There are many other entries on her site documenting the pseudoscientific and anti-health efforts of Meryl Dorey and the Australian Vaccination Network.

Internationally – Why Vaccinate?

In Health on May 24, 2010 at 10:03 am

Internationally, there has been some reports on some of the influences of immunisation and why consulting your GP on vaccinations, getting the right kind of schedule and doing what’s best for your children is important.

While not everyone may be able to vaccinate to the same kind of schedule – it’s vital to have an understanding of what herd immunity is and why we vaccinate as best as we can.

Some of the best blogs on the internet that investigate vaccination schedules, the impact of vaccinations and health risks include:

Respectful Insolence –

Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine

Science-based Medicine

NeuroLogica Blog

Sceptic’s Book

The Australian Skeptics

Podblack Blog

Some of the criticisms of the likes of Oprah Winfrey and Jenny McCarthy include:

Why Health Advice on ‘Oprah‘ Could Make You Sick” – Newsweek

and Why is Oprah Winfrey promoting vaccine skeptic Jenny McCarthy?Slate Magazine.

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