With the generous support of our donors, we are pleased to report that we have filed our Notice of Appeal in the Federal Court.
We will be arguing in court that it was not open to the Department to reject a duly certified medical exemption from a medical practitioner.
Since 2016, the Department has adopted in its policy, an extremely narrow and restrictive definition of medical contraindication, purportedly based on the Australian Immunisation Handbook, which states that the only two absolute contraindications are anaphylaxis and serious immunocompromise (live vaccines only).
However, in adopting this policy they have completely ignored relative contraindications. The Australian Immunisation Handbook when considered as a whole defines contraindication far more broadly:
A medical condition or risk factor in a recipient/person that makes receiving a specific vaccine potentially harmful.
That definition makes it clear that contraindications are not limited to the narrow list adopted in the Department’s policy.
Our legal action aims to restore the clinical autonomy of medical practitioners to allow them to use the full scope of their medical training, knowledge about their patients and family history, and their own clinical judgement when deciding if the risks of vaccination outweighs the potential benefits.
We know that there are some medical practitioners who may avoid writing medical exemptions due to their personal beliefs, but we also know that there are many medical practitioners and experts who are concerned at how impossible it is to get a medical exemption.
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