Australian nurses and midwives who attempt to spread awareness of the dangers of vaccinations either in person or on social media are being warned that they will be investigated and could face prosecution.
Those who ignore the scientific evidence by promoting anti-vaccination to patients and the public are being cracked down on by the industry regulator.
The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia who issued the warning has also urged members of the public to report nurses or midwives who spread “misleading and deceptive” materials.
“With no exceptions we expect all registered nurses, enrolled nurses and midwives to use the best available evidence in making practice decisions.This includes providing information to the public about public health issues,” Chair of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) Dr. Lynette Cusack said in a statement.
The NMBA has called on Australians to report nurses or midwives promoting anti-vaccination – ‘anti-vaxxers’, as they’re known colloquially.
“The board will consider whether the nurse or midwife has breached their professional obligations and will treat these matters seriously,” the statement said. “Any published anti-vaccination material and/or advice which is false, misleading or deceptive which is being distributed by a registered nurse, enrolled nurse or midwife (including via social media) may also constitute a summary offence under the National Law and could result in prosecution by AHPRA [Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency.]
One of the strongest supporters of vaccination, Victoria’s Health Minister Jill Hennessy, has fallen prey to a stream of attacks from anti-vaccination campaigners on social media. She has released some of the messages, in which anti-vaxxers call her a “whore” and a “Stinky stinky liar!” as well as one that said, “You should get all the poison Vaccines the child get in one Shot! Hope you get cancer soon!”
“I’m absolutely up for a full-and-frank debate, but I’m not up for a political culture that continues to degenerate into the realm of threatened violence, sexism and hysteria and at some point we’ve got to push back on this,” Hennessy said, the ABC reported.
The minister said she decided to record a Herald Sun video, highlighting messages she receives from anti-vaxxers, in order “to shine a light on the fact that the anti-vaccination movement is not a peace-loving group of hippies.”
“They are an organized movement, largely stemming from the United State of America that are hell bent on misleading parents that vaccinations are unsafe.
“That’s a dangerous message and one I’m going to continue to fight. Vaccinations save lives,” the minister concluded.
According to the new laws, which took effect on January 1, 2016, parents who don’t immunize their kids may stop receiving childcare benefits. Only people with solid medical reasons are exempt from the crackdown.
“If you always vaccinate your child on time, you provide them with the best protection possible and don’t have to worry,” the government says.
Not all parents choose to subscribe to the no jab, no play legislation in Australia, however.
Dr. Judy Wilyman, who has studied the vaccination topic since 1993, when she vaccinated her first child, says that the “injection of substances into the human body is an individual’s choice and if people are being refused jobs, welfare benefits or places in schools then this discrimination is infringing on our human right to choose what we inject into our own bodies – our right to bodily integrity.”
Wilyman said that when she attempted to debate her academic research, the media chose “not report the other side of the vaccination debate,” adding that she was attacked by consumer lobby groups and that “media censorship” on this issue is “preventing proper debate of this health issue in Australia.”
This is absolute BULLSHIT! A hell of a lot (most) of Nurse's unlike doctors actually give a shit about their patient's That is why they are the one's that do all of the hard work, long hours, and hard stuff and actually 'nurse' people back to health where as Doctors make a diagnosis throw you some pills and off they go.
They aren't stupid, they know that 'scientific research' is incorrect, they actually see what kids go through and develop because of these vaccines.
They have no incentive to make you think that you need vaccinations for your child, oh except keeping their job's this is disgusting and a very bad form of bullying !! And in addition to them, small children are the victim's of this, its just sick!
It is getting quite bad here in Australia now for people who choose not to vaccinate, I vaccinated my kids before I knew about how bad vaccinations really are (however i never have and never will get them a flu shot) but my son is due for his next one in about a month (4 year old) and I don't think I can do it, with good reason too, due to issues after shots before and with another one of my children.
But the Australian government is definitely pushing people in to it like they invest a lot of money in too vaccination campaigns and they have vaccination info kits at school now where they make you sign forms so they can give your kid the jab at school , my daughter will not be getting no gardasil when she reaches high school and they give them all their shots at school no way, if my child is getting anything at all it is with me at the doctors approving it, simple, this mass vaccination like their cattle is ridiculous, not everyone can handle these vaccinations, everyone is different, believe it or not, some people just can't seem to grasp the truth on this matter and run off with making people who don't vaccinate bad parents etc it should not be like that, it is a choice!!!! And no one should be judged for their choice, it should be something that is there if you want it for yourself and your children, if it works for them and their bodies, certain ones though need to be avoided all together as they are just bad fullstop.