There’s a reason we go to real doctors and not Doctor Google.
It’s because we trust that they’re going to be accurate; that they’re going to keep us safe, and that whatever information they give us is going to be supported by the latest scientific research.
At least that’s what we’d like to believe.
Pregnant mother-of-one Lucy Fisher was shocked this week when she was handed a leaflet from the Gold Coast University Hospital, which promoted the Australian Vaccination-Sceptics Network as the reliable source – and the ONLY source – for information on vaccinations.
For those of you who don’t know about the AVN, they’re the group who peddle misleading and dangerous, anti-vaccination rhetoric to new parents.
Fisher was pretty unimpressed by what she found in the leaflet, and took to social media to try and bring the issue to the attention of the hospital and Queensland Government.
— Lucy Fisher (@lucyinlondon) July 15, 2014
Queensland Health soon responded with the following tweet:
Mrs Fisher told the Gold Coast Bulletin, “I was surprised that something on a Queensland and Gold Coast Health letterhead would promote something so against what they are trying to do.”
“For first-time mums it could be really confusing and it is the question of how long that form has been in circulation.”