The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) has joined the chorus of health professionals expressing concern over Pauline Hanson’s comments on vaccination.
“We were just as shocked as everyone else yesterday to hear the One Nation leader question the validity of vaccination,” said ANMF Federal Secretary Lee Thomas.
“We strongly echo the AMA’s statement that vaccines do indeed save lives and control and eradicate disease.
“Nurses and midwives see first-hand the devastating effects of what can happen when children become victims of vaccine-preventable diseases and they have witnessed the remarkable gains Australia has made through improvements in immunisation rates
“We note the comments of the Prime Minister that the health of our nation depends on vaccination rates being as close to 100 per cent as possible. Our members, who are experts in this area, agree.
“It is very concerning that, in direct opposition to the advice of nurses, midwives and doctors, Pauline Hanson may be attempting to influence parents on an issue as important as vaccination.
“When it comes to the importance of vaccinating children, you must not play politics with people’s lives.
“This is one issue that One Nation needs to leave to the health experts.”
The ANMF, with over 259,000 members, is the industrial and professional voice for nurses, midwives and assistants in nursing in Australia.
ANMF media inquiries: 0411 254 390.