One of the doctors under investigation by authorities has agreed to temporarily stop working as a medical practitioner
Melbourne GP Dr John Piesse has agreed to an undertaking with AHPRA not to work as a medical practitioner, either paid or unpaid.
AJP understands that the restriction on his practice will last for two weeks while investigation into Dr Piesse continues.
AHPRA’s move comes after media reports leaked videos of Dr Piesse speaking at a Melbourne anti-vaccination rally about how he helped parents get out of vaccinating their children.
He has been under investigation by AHPRA since August last year over the concerns.
The undertaking is not restricted to the provision of direct clinical care and includes using the knowledge and skills of a medical practitioner in a non-clinical relationship with a client, and any other roles that impact on delivery of services in the medical industry.
Dr Piesse has claimed that he “have been encountering cases of vaccine injury for over 40 years.”
Supporters in the anti-vaccination community have so far raised over $100,000 for the GP through a GoFundMe account, as he prepares for potential legal action.
“This fundraiser is not only to help support Dr Piesse during a time of financial pressure, but also to use those funds to help with his research on the history of unvaccinated children in his practice,” says the GoFundMe page.
“ Dr Piesse treats the community with respect and dignity. Now it’s time for the community to rally around him, offer some financial support. … Many medical professionals are fearful about speaking out on this matter – especially now. Dr Piesse decided to be brave. It’s time to be brave too. ”
Dr Piesse was previously reprimanded by the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal in 2011 for “unprofessional conduct” in failing to comply with determinations of the Medical Board of Australia made in May 2007.
At the time he had been ordered to provide a statutory declaration every three months to confirm that he has not facilitated the administration of intravenous herbal infusions, genome therapies and other therapies brought into the country by patients, unless the therapies have been specifically approved by the TGA (not as part of the Special Access Scheme).
He had also been required to complete the RACGP’ Critical Thinking and Research Module within three months of the date of the Tribunal’s order.
According the tribunal decision, Dr Piesse had failed to provide the relevant statutory declarations confirming that he had acted according to the determinations.
The RACGP has responded to reports of anti-vaccination GPs, saying that the GP remains the most trusted source of advice on immunisations and that anti-vaccination messages have absolutely no place in general practice.
“It is vital all Australians are fully vaccinated,” said RACGP President Dr Bastian Seidel said.
“While some parents may have concerns stemming from reading misleading immunisation information, anti-vaccination messages are dangerous and are not supported by the RACGP.”
“If you are one of the few parents or carers in Australia with concerns about vaccinating your child, please share your questions and concerns with your GP.”