Meryl Dorey has resigned as president of the AVN.
Her replacement is the splendidly eccentric Greg Beattie.
Here is the AVN’s announcement of the news:
Greg Beattie, long-time vaccine researcher and author of two books, the latest of
which guides readers through an in-depth analysis of the benefits of vaccination
with a focus on Australia, has stepped in to fill the role of President of the
Australian Vaccination Network, Inc. (AVN). This position was recently vacated by
Meryl Dorey, who resigned effective January 1, 2013.
Ms Dorey is a founding member of the national health watchdog and support group,
established almost 19 years ago in 1994. The AVN has over 2,000 members both within
Australia and internationally and has been active in both supporting the right to
free and informed health choice and opposing medical discrimination.
“There are several very important projects which have been neglected due to the
pressures of running this organisation”, said Ms Dorey. “A sabbatical will enable
me to do this work while knowing that the AVN is in the best of hands with Greg
Beattie and our Management Committee in charge.”
Mr Beattie is the father of 7 children and first rose to prominence during his appeal
against the Maroochy Shire Council whose discriminatory policy excluded his healthy
unvaccinated children from council-run childcare centres.
His account of that process, including an in-depth analysis of Australian Government
data demonstrating that vaccination had little to do with the decline in deaths
from infectious diseases over the last century, quickly became the ‘go-to’ book
on this issue. Called, Vaccination: A Parent’s Dilemma, it was Greg’s first publication
on the subject. His second volume, Fooling Ourselves on the Fundamental Value of
Vaccines, expands on and updates earlier research, again using Australian data
on mortality and morbidity from infectious diseases.
“The future for this organisation is very exciting”, Ms Dorey continued. “Strong-arm
tactics by the Australian Government and medical community have virtually guaranteed
that more and more parents will be asking questions about the safety and effectiveness
of vaccination. The demand for our services has never been greater and with the
help of our new President, we will continue to provide both information and support
to Australian families into the foreseeable future.
For interviews or further information, please contact:
Greg Beattie – 0400 045 504
I’ll write more later, but this is awesome news. Thanks, Meryl!