Or as it should be more rightly called: Australian Anti-Vaccination Network discourages people to vaccinate their children with unfounded claims, this presents a danger to public health.
Several campaigns have been launched to counter the hazard that the AVN presents to the public, including Stop the Australian Vaccination Network. Recently the NSW HCCC has issued a notice against the AVN which they have yet to comply with. A new campaign has started encouraging bloggers and other online concerned citizens to create links to the Australian Vaccination Network or AVN which instead point to the HCCC notice. Hopefully if enough people get involved in this campaign people searching on Google will get directed to the HCCC notice instead of the Australian Vaccination Network site, hence ensuring concerned parents are made fully aware of the AVN‘s deceptive practices. I urge all concerned bloggers to get involved. Feel free to copy the entire text of this post if you like, instead of having to try and come up with your own text. (It would be appreciated if you provided a link back here (use this URL or the permalink) and/or acknowledgement where you got this from.)
Australian Vaccination Network
In a triumph of reason, the Australian Health Complaints Commission has issued a public warning about the Australian Vaccination Network . After a 12 month investigation, the HCCC found that the Australian Vaccination Network:
- provides information that is solely anti-vaccination
- contains information that is incorrect and misleading
- quotes selectively from research to suggest that vaccination may be dangerous.
The Australian Vaccination Network is now also under investigation by the NSW Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing (OLGR). According to the OLGR, an audit of the Australian Vaccination Network revealed breaches of the Charitable Fundraising Act 1991, including alleged incidents of fund-raising without authority, unauthorised expenditure and failure to keep proper records of income and expenditure.