In November 2012 the Australian Academy of Science entered the vaccination fray with its publication “The Science of Immunisation: Questions and Answers”
As the Australian Academy of Science has taken it upon itself to engage in this matter, it can expect to be held accountable.
For example, I have forwarded emails to Sir Gus Nossal, Chair of the Oversight Committee for “The Science of Immunisation: Questions and Answers”, enquiring if disclosure statements for members of The Science of Immunisation Working group, i.e. detailing any possible conflicts of interest, are publicly available on the Australian Academy of Science website. (January 2013.)
On 5 March 2013, I forwarded another email to Professor Suzanne Cory, President of the Australian Academy of Science, again requesting disclosure statements for people associated with The Science of Immunisation: Questions and Answers.
In response to my email to Professor Cory, Martin Callinan, Science Policy Manager of the Australian Academy of Science, contacted me to advise the Academy is now going to address this matter.
On 13 May 2013, I contacted Dr Callinan to check on progress. Dr Callinan advised that a ‘Central Register of Interests’ is going to be established, but was unable to advise when the register would be accessible to the public. Dr Callinan indicated that a media release is likely to be published when the Academy’s new Central Register of Interests is available.
Developments on this matter are awaited with interest. It’s about time the public was privy to the potential conflicts of interest of academics working in the areas of vaccine development and vaccination policy.
For information, members of the Australian Academy of Science’s Science of Immunisation Working Group are:
- Professor Ian Frazer (Co-Chair)
- Professor Tony Basten (Co-Chair)
- Professor Francis Carbone
- Professor Patrick Holt
- Dr Julie Leask
- Professor Peter McIntyre
- Professor Terry Nolan
- Professor Judith Whitworth
Members of the Science of Immunisation Oversight Committee are:
- Sir Gus Nossal (Chair)
- Professor Ian Gust
- Professor Fiona Stanley
- Professor Robert Williamson