|Document ID:||Operational Directive OD 0488/14|
|Date of issue:||Wednesday, 29 January 2014|
|Description:||This Operational Directive is designed to advise Department of Health (DOH) staff of the DOHís policy regarding the use of homeopathic immunisation to protect individuals against vaccine preventable diseases.|
|Period of effect:||from 8 January 2014|
|Review date:||8 January 2018|
|Authorised by:||Professor Bryant Stokes, A/DIRECTOR GENERAL, Department of Health WA, 17-Jan-2014|
|Print version:||View print version|
This Operational Directive is to advise Department of Health (DoH) staff of the DoH’s policy regarding the use of homeopathic immunisation to protect individuals against vaccine preventable diseases.
Homeopathic immunisation has not been proved to give protection against infectious diseases; only conventional vaccination produces a measurable immune response and protection against vaccine preventable diseases (VPDs). This information is supported by the Council of Faculty of Homeopathy, London, which strongly supports the use of conventional vaccination programs to protect individuals from VPDs.
Immunisation service providers (ISPs) should advise individuals requesting information on homeopathic information that is not an effective option to the recommended immunisation schedule. Individuals should be referred to The Science of immunisation: questions and answers http://science.org.au/policy/immunisation.html for information on the benefits of conventional immunisation.
Individuals who have not completed the recommended immunisation schedule for particular VPD will be considered unimmunised and will be excluded from the workplace, childcare or school in the event of a case or an outbreak of that VPD.
Parents of children in the 0-5 year age group choosing not to immunise their child should be advised to complete the conscientious objection form and to submit this form to the Australian Childhood Immunisation Register (ACIR) http://www.medicareaustralia.gov.au/provider/pubs/forms/files/ma-conscientious-objection-form.pdf
1. The Australian Immunisation Handbook, 10th edition. National Health and Medical Research Council. Australian Government Publishing Services, 2013. http://www.immunise.health.gov.au/internet/immunise/publishing.nsf/Content/Handbook10-home.
Professor Bryant Stokes
This circular last updated: Thursday, 30 June 2016 at 7:19pm