Dr Andrew McDonald to the Minister for Health, and Minister for Medical Research—

  1. (a) Is the Minister aware of the comments on 15 August 2012 on WIN TV regarding a story on a measles epidemic, by Ms Dorey of the "Australian Vaccination Network", that vaccines have been linked to autism?
    (b) If yes, what action has the Minister taken to correct the public record?
  2. Does the Minister have a view on the ongoing activities of the "Australian Vaccination Network"?


I am advised:

  1. and (2) The Australian Vaccination Network has not provided accurate information to parents about the risks and benefits of immunisation. Any link between the measles vaccine and autism has been conclusively discredited by numerous studies and reviews by credible experts, including the World Health Organisation, the American Academy of Paediatrics and the UK Medical Research Council.
    In 2013, the NSW Ministry of Health will be implementing an immunisation awareness campaign to educate and inform the community and immunisation providers about the importance of ensuring that children are fully immunised on time, including for measles.

Question asked on 22 August 2012 (session 55-1) and published in Questions & Answers Paper No. 108.
Answer received on 26 September 2012 and printed in Questions & Answers Paper No. 119.