Australian health authorities are threatening to prosecute a number of nurses and midwives, after it was discovered they have been preaching anti-vaccination propaganda on social media.
According to The Daily Telegraph, the Nurses and Midwifery Board of Australia is aware of a “small number” of such cases and has issued a warning to anyone in the profession peddling information that “contradict the best available scientific evidence”.
“Any published anti-vaccination material and/or advice which is false, misleading or deceptive which is being distributed by a registered nurse, enrolled nurse or midwife … could result in prosecution,” the board says in its new position statement on the issue.
The Telegraph spoke to Melbourne midwife, Belinda Henkel, who has shared several anti-vaccination posts on her Facebook account.
Asked if she was prepared to remove the offending material, she responded: “No, f**k them.”
Frankel is currently under practising restrictions by the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Authority and will be required to undertake an educational program on “evidence based research”.