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AVN gets new name… finally

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The Australian Vaccination Network has changed its name to one that more clearly reflects its anti-vaccination views.
The controversial anti-vaccination group, which last year was ordered to change its misleading name, has finally complied with an order from the Administrative Decisions Tribunal.

The group will now be known as the Australian Vaccination-Skeptics Network.

The group links childhood vaccinations with autism, sudden infant death syndrome, and allergies.

The New South Wales Trading Department has been pursuing the group for some time after receiving many complaints about its name.

The organisation tried to challenge a direction to find a new name but was last year ordered by the Administrative Decisions Tribunal to call itself something different.

The Tribunal found last November that the group’s existing name suggested it was in favour of vaccination, and that people would be misled.

The Tribunal said the name should be changed so that it is not likely to mislead the public in relation to its main object.

“They’ve now complied with that request and the new title reflects their anti-vaccination stance,” the Tribunal said.

AMA President Dr Steve Hambleton said the new name was not as misleading as the old one.

“I’d rather they call themselves the anti-vaccination network, but at least people will now know they are not looking at some government site with balanced information,” Dr Hambleton said.

Sanja Novakovic