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Abstract: In this statement the NMBA made clear its expectation that, when providing advice on immunisation, nurses and midwives have a fundamental responsibility to make use of 'the best available evidence' and to uphold their respective profession's code of conduct and code of ethics. It further warned that any nurse or midwife who failed to uphold the standards of evidence based immunisation or who published or gave advice on immunisation that was 'false, misleading or deceptive' could face prosecution by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency. Significantly, the NMBA released its statement after it became aware that a small number of nurses and midwives were promoting anti-vaccination statements via social media.

To cite this article: Johnstone, Megan-Jane. Ethics, evidence and the anti-vaccination debate [online]. Australian Nursing and Midwifery Journal, Vol. 24, No. 8, Mar 2017: 27. Availability: <;dn=657984558266413;res=IELHEA> ISSN: 2202-7114. [cited 23 Jul 17].

Personal Author: Johnstone, Megan-Jane; Source: Australian Nursing and Midwifery Journal, Vol. 24, No. 8, Mar 2017: 27 DOI: Document Type: Journal Article ISSN: 2202-7114 Subject: Nursing ethics; Vaccines; Medicine, Preventive; Affiliation: (1) Professor of Nursing, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Deakin University, Victoria

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