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Wed 25 Nov 09 | From: Barry O’Farrell MP | Re: Stop the Coercive and Mandatory Immunisation (NSW) AHFA Petition (reply 2)

Posted by bradfieldresident on 25 November 2009

[This letter is in response to an email sent for the Stop the Coercive and Mandatory Immunisation (NSW) petition on the Health Petitions Australia website. Postal mail dated “25 November 2009”, refers to Barry’s 25 Setpember letter, and included the 19 November letter from Carmel Tebbutt MP.]

Barry O’Farrell MP
State Member for Ku-ring-gai

Letter from Barry O'Farrell MP (2009-11-25)

25 November 2009

Dear […]

I refer back to my letter of  25 September regarding immunisation.

I have received a response form the Minister for Health and a copy is attached.

I hope that the information is of assistance.

Yours sincerely

[signature]

Barry O’Farrell

Working for our community

Phone 9487 8588 Fax 9487 8550 Electorate office 27 Redleaf Avenue, Wahroonga NSW 2076 Email barry@barryofarrell.com Website www.barryofarrell.com

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Thu 19 Nov 09 | From: Carmel Tebbutt MP to Barry O’Farrell MP | Re: Stop the Coercive and Mandatory Immunisation (NSW) AHFA Petition

Posted by bradfieldresident on 19 November 2009

[This letter was forwarded by Barry O’Farrel MP with his 25 November letter in response to an email sent for the Stop the Coercive and Mandatory Immunisation (NSW) petition on the Health Petitions Australia website.]

Carmel Tebbutt MP
Deputy Premier | Minister for Health

Letter from Carmel Tebbutt MP to Barry O'Farrell MP (2009-11-19)

19 NOV 2009

Mr B O’Farrell MP
Member for Ku-ring-gai
27 Redleaf Avenue
WAHROONGA NSW 2076

[Barry]

Dear Mr O’Farrell,

Thank you for your representations on behalf of […], […], concerning immunisation.

The petition submitted by […] raises concerns about NSW Health Policy Directive PD2007_006 Occupational assessment, screening and vaccination against specified infectious diseases. Health facilities have a duty of care under occupational health and safety legislation to protect their staff, patients and other users of the health system from the risk of preventable illness, injury or death. I am advised that this policy directive provides a safe environment for staff and patients within NSW Health facilities by promoting vaccination against a number of vaccine-preventable infectious diseases.

I am advised that, under the Policy Directive, health care workers who are existing staff are encouraged to provide evidence of their protection against the specified diseases and are to receive vaccination where they are not already protected against a disease. New recruits and health care students are required to provide evidence of their protection against the specified diseases before they commence work in a clinical area or before they commence their student clinical placements. This is to ensure that they are not placed at risk of acquiring or transmitting one of the infectious diseases when they commence in the workplace.

The petition then raises a number of concerns about immunisation of infants and children. These arguments have been previously raised by individuals and organisations that are concerned about immunisation. The Australian Government has published a booklet to provide balanced, evidence-based answers to these concerns. The booklet, immunisation myths and realities: responding to arguments against immunisation, 4th edition, is available to order or download from: http://www.immunise.health.gov.au/

Thank you for bringing […]’s issues to my attention. Should […] require further information, please ask him to contact Su Reid, Senior Policy Officer, Immunisation Unit, NSW Department of Health, on (02) 9391 9210.

Yours sincerely

[signature]

Carmel Tebbutt MP
Deputy Premier
Minister for Health

Level 30, Governor Macquarie Tower | 1 Farrer Place Sydney NSW 2000 | p 9228 4866 | f 9228 4855

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Tue 29 Sep 09 | From: Jillian Skinner MP | Re: Stop the Coercive and Mandatory Immunisation (NSW) AHFA Petition

Posted by bradfieldresident on 29 September 2009

[This letter is in response to an email sent for the Stop the Coercive and Mandatory Immunisation (NSW) petition on the Health Petitions Australia website. Postal mail dated “29 SEP 2009”]

Jillian Skinner MP
Member for North Shore
Deputy NSW Opposition Leader
Shadow Minister for Health

Letter from Jillian Skinner MP (2009-09-29)

Letter from Jillian Skinner MP (2009-09-29)

29 September 2009

Dear […]

Thank you for your email outlining your concerns about the mandatory immunisation of health workers.

I have reviewed numerous scientific studies into vaccination and have consulted with many groups and individuals, so I do understand that vaccination is an issue that attracts strong views on both sides.

However, on balance, I believe that there is great value in the effectiveness of vaccines in preventing potentially deadly illnesses, and that it is imperative that health workers are vaccinated to protect both themselves and their patients.

Thank you again for contacting me about this very important issue.

Yours sincerely

[signature]

Jillian Skinner MP

Electorate office 3/40 Yeo Street, Neutral Bay 2089 Phone 9909 2594 Fax 9909 2654
Parliamentary Office Parliament House, Macquarie Street, Sydney 2000 Phone 9230 3080 Fax 9230 3406
Email jillian.skinner@parliament.nsw.gov.au Website www.jillianskinner.com

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Fri 25 Sep 09 | From: Barry O’Farrell MP | Re: Stop the Coercive and Mandatory Immunisation (NSW) AHFA Petition

Posted by bradfieldresident on 25 September 2009

[This letter is in response to an email sent for the Stop the Coercive and Mandatory Immunisation (NSW) petition on the Health Petitions Australia website. Postal mail dated “25 September 2009”]

Barry O’Farrell MP
State Member for Ku-ring-gai

Letter from Barry O'Farrell MP (2009-09-25)

Letter from Barry O'Farrell MP (2009-09-25)

25 September 2009

Dear […]

Thank you for your email of 11 September 2009 concerning immunisation.

At the outset I have to indicate my own support for immunisation. Using the “precautionary principle” you refer to, allowing some infants and children to avoid immunisation can threaten the health of the mast majority.

Nevertheless, respecting your views and wishes, I have made representations to the State Health Minister, the Hon Carmel Tebbutt. I will keep you informed of the progress.

Yours sincerely

[signature]

Barry O’Farrell

Working for our community

Phone 9487 8588 Fax 9487 8550 Electorate office 27 Redleaf Avenue, Wahroonga NSW 2076 Email barry@barryofarrell.com Website www.barryofarrell.com

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Thu 10 Sep 09 | From: Dr Peter Hill, Acting Chief Dental Officer, NSW Health | Re: AHFA Fluoride Petition

Posted by bradfieldresident on 10 September 2009

[This letter is in response to an email sent for the AHFA Fluoride Petition for New South Wales residents on the Health Petitions Australia website. Postal mail dated “10.9.09”, postmarked “15SEP09”]

Centre for Oral Health Strategy
New South Wales

Scan of postal mail

Letter from Dr Peter Hill, NSW Health (2009-09-10)

Dear […]

Thank you for your correspondence to the Minister for Health, dated 4th September 2009 seeking the removal of fluoride from your drinking water. The minister has asked me to respond to you on his behalf.

Various Councils have approached NSW Health on the matter of fluoridation of the public water supplies under their control. Following consideration of the individual Council’s issues by the Fluoridation of Public Water Supplies Advisory Committee (FPWSAC), as is required under the Fluoridation of Public Water Supplies Act 1957, the Director-General of NSW Health gives separate approval under that Act to allow the fluoridation of each of those Council’s water supplies. That approval is then published in the NSW Government Gazette, as required under the Fluoridation of Public Water Supplies Act 1957.

Councils are in various stages of compliance with those approvals to incorporate a fluoridation dosing system into their water treatment plants which comply generally with the statutory regime provided under the Fluoridation of Public Water Supplies Act 1957.

Research into the toxicity of compounds used in fluoridating water has been carried out for the past 60 years. The overwhelming weight of the scientific evidence does not link water fluoridation at optimal levels (one part per million) to side effects such as bone fracture, cancer, and other health related problems.

NSW Health’s policy on fluoridation is that it is a safe, effective and equitable means of reducing dental decay at a population level. In 2007 the NHMRC completed a Systematic Review, which confirmed that position. Indeed it is a position held by all Australian governments at state and federal level and most local governments in NSW.

I trust this information is of assistance to you. If you require any further information please contact Shanti Sivaneswaran, Principal Advisor, Centre for Oral Health Strategy NSW on (02) 8821 4300.

Yours faithfully

[signature]

Dr Peter Hill
Acting Chief Dental Officer
10.9.09

NSW HEALTH

PO Box 533, Wentworthville NSW 2145
Telephone +61 2 8821 4300
Facsimile +61 2 8821 4302
Website: www.health.nsw.gov.au

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