Melbourne GP Dr John Piesse has been officially suspended while enquiries into his practice continue, says AHPRA
Two weeks ago, Dr Piesse was reported to have agreed to an undertaking with AHPRA not to work as a medical practitioner, either paid or unpaid, following allegations that he had helped patients avoid compulsory immunisations.
The doctor’s practice at the Nerida James Natural Healing Centre in Mitcham, Victoria was also reportedly raided by AHPRA with the assistance of Victoria Police one week ago.
And on Thursday 14 September, following a hearing with the Medical Board of Australia, Dr Piesse was suspended from practice until further notice.
“AHPRA can confirm that the Medical Board of Australia took interim action to suspend Dr Piesse’s registration on 14 September 2017. The public register of practitioners has been updated to reflect this decision,” it says.
“As our enquiries in relation to the matter are ongoing, we cannot comment further at this time.”
The suspension 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.
Meanwhile more than 2000 supporters in the anti-vaccination community have banded together to raise nearly $120,000 for the GP in just 20 days using a GoFundMe account.
The ‘I stand with Dr Piesse’ movement says: “ Dr Piesse is not anti-vaccine; he is pro safe vaccines. Please support his right to freedom of speech, and our right to question the 36 or more vaccines a child will receive by 18 months of age.
“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,” reads the GoFundMe page.
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,” 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.”