A JUDGE has ordered a couple to immunise their eight-year-old daughter according to government health guidelines, in a rebuke to the homeopathic regime pursued by the mother.
The mother had sought in a injunction in the Family Court to stop the father and his partner from immunising the child without her written permission.
Previously, the mother had been arranging homeopathic vaccines.
A doctor in homeopathic medicine told the court that homeopathic vaccination was safe and effective, whereas traditional vaccination had short- and long-term risks, including a link to ADHD and autism.
But Justice Bennett accepted the evidence of a doctor at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, who said there was insufficient evidence of the effectiveness of homeopathic immunisation to justify its replacement of traditional immunisation.
However, the mother has lodged an appeal.
Well this is interesting story. The parents are at odds about health care. I must say the ruling is quite satisfying. Will an appeal overturn it and allow the mother to dictate health care? It’s the right call for the court to rely on medical professionals to provide information in the best interests of the child.