After an extensive investigation into the Australian Vaccination skeptics Network, the NSW Health Care Complaints Commission issued a Public Health Warning on April 30 2014 [my bold]:
The Commission has established that AVN does not provide reliable information in relation to certain vaccines and vaccination more generally. The Commission considers that AVN’s dissemination of misleading, misrepresented and incorrect information about vaccination engenders fear and alarm and is likely to detrimentally affect the clinical management or care of its readers.
Given the issues identified with the information disseminated by AVN, the Commission urges general caution is exercised when using AVN’s website or Facebook page to research vaccination and to consult other reliable sources, including speaking to a medical practitioner, to make an informed decision.
The Commission has recommended that AVN amend its published information with regard to the above issues and the Commission will monitor the implementation of these recommendations.
I know that the AVsN has not amended misinformation which states vaccines cause autism, as requested. We have no idea what monitoring is being undertaken by the HCCC. I know that Meryl Dorey and the AVsN have repeatedly breached the HCCC’s request to amend vaccines-cause-autism misinformation, as the AVsN’s public officer, Dorey, has continued to post the claim to the AVsN Facebook page.
Today, Dorey took it to another level. This act was outside the purview of the Public Warning, as that pertained to vaccination.
Today, Dorey was out to maim, or possibly even kill. Dorey knows the possible consequences of ceasing anti-convulsant medication as she is friends with parents whose toddler died because they ceased her medication in lieu of magic. They are featured in this article from The Age, in 2003:
The parents of a toddler who died after epileptic seizures could face criminal charges over her death after a coroner ruled they fundamentally breached their duty of care by not giving her anti-convulsant medication.
Coroner Phil Byrne said Warren and Helena Denley ignored specialist advice of Royal Children’s Hospital medical staff and were instead prepared to rely on various, ill-informed advice to help their daughter Isabella.
The inquest heard Mr and Mrs Denley had seen alternative therapists, including a psychic who said the seizures were related to a past-life trauma.
Isabella, 13 months, died at home in Kew on October 19 last year after 30 seizures in seven months…
…in a police statement tendered to the court, Mr Denley, an information technology contractor, said in the weeks before Isabella died, she was purely on homoeopathic medicine…
So, knowing of the real adverse events of dissuading patients from their life-saving medication, why would Meryl Dorey do precisely the same thing? She knows first hand that a little girl died because her parents, Dorey’s mates, turned to unproven therapies.
With the above in mind, here is Meryl Dorey providing medical advice, regarding seizures, at 0634 hours on August 31 2014:
It is long past time the NSW HCCC issued a Prohibition Order against Dorey and her organisation.
Dorey and her organisation need to be shut down before they kill someone.
This can be a real outcome of the type of advice given by an untrained, unqualified, unregistered crackpot who has the hubris to think she knows more than a specialist:
Source: What’s the Harm.
Please lodge a complaint about Dorey’s behaviour – conducted as an official representative of the AVsN – to the NSW Health Care Complaints Commission, here.
Update September 1 2014
I wanted to include this comment from someone who knows the ups and downs of this topic (to put it mildly). There just isn’t anything like a smackdown from someone who really knows what they are talking about to put the dangerous advice of Meryl Dorey and her cabal into perspective. This comment comes from the Mamamia Facebook page, where an article on this very topic was posted today: