Health watchdog loses anti-vax case

A health watchdog was acting beyond its powers when it issued a public warning that a controversial anti vaccination group posed a risk to public health and safety, a court has declared.

In 2010 the NSW Health Care Complaints Commission sanctioned the Australian Vaccination Network after complaints were made against the network by the parents of four-month-old Dana McCaffery, who died of whooping cough, and Ken McLeod, from the Stop the AVN campaign group.

The commission found the AVN promoted incorrect and misleading information and that it