New HCCC complaint against AVN underway

But the group, now known as the Australian Vaccination-Skeptics Network after a forced name change, claims the complaint launched by the NSW Health Care Complaints Commission (HCCC) under new powers is a waste of tax-payers’ money and will only serve to promote its message.

The investigation is the latest chapter in a bitter feud between the HCCC and the AVN. In 2012 the Supreme Court upheld the AVN’s claim against the commission, saying its actions against the group were “not within the jurisdiction of the HCCC”.

But the HCCC now has the power to instigate its own complaint when a health service provider is acting in a way that is likely to affect the clinical management or care of a client.

The new investigation focused on a number of AVN assertions including: doubts over the efficacy of Gardasil vaccine; that the pertussis vaccine does not protect against a new strain; that thiomersal is present in all whole cell DTP