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On 15 April 2014, I forwarded a letter to Professor Warwick Anderson, CEO of the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).
One of the functions of the NHMRC is to provide ethical guidance on health and medical research issues.
In my letter to Professor Anderson, I suggest the ethical spotlight needs to be shone on the way vaccination policy and practice is being implemented in Australia, and I provide examples of the lack of transparency and accountability in the vaccination bureaucracy.
In particular, I raise the problem of potential conflicts of interest and lack of disclosure by people involved in vaccination policy, followed by an example of parents being coerced into having a vaccine product for their children (i.e. the live Measles/Mumps/Rubella (MMR) vaccine second dose) without being properly informed about this vaccine, and their options.
See below my letter to Professor Anderson:
15 April 2014
RE: Vaccination policy and practice in Australia
Professor Anderson, one of the functions of the NHMRC is to provide ethical guidance on health and medical research issues.
I suggest the ethical spotlight needs to be shone on the way vaccination policy and practice is being implemented in Australia, and I request that you urgently address this matter.
In this regard, I provide two examples of the lack of transparency and accountability in the vaccination bureaucracy.
1. Potential conflicts of interest and lack of disclosure
Various committees and groups provide advice to the Australian Federal Government on vaccine products which can result in the addition of new vaccine products to the national vaccination schedule.
These groups wield enormous power. The members of these groups are part of a process that results in effectively mandating medical interventions (i.e. vaccinations) for healthy people. The decisions these people make affect not only children and adults in Australia, but can also impact internationally as the ripple effect of their decisions spreads around the world.