Courts can decide that one parent’s opposition to vaccination is based on genuine but unreasonably held beliefs and award sole parental responsibility as to immunisation and vaccinations to the other parent.
In making the order a Court can determine that a parent be awarded sole parental responsibility in respect of all decisions relating to the children’s immunisation and vaccination and can forthwith do all acts and things necessary to ensure that the child receives the childhood vaccinations/immunisations as are recommended by the child’s treating general practitioner by reference to the current National Immunisation Program Schedule published by the Australian Government, Department of Health and Ageing.
Furthermore, the parent can do all acts and things necessary to ensure that the child continues to receive into the future such immunisations as are recommended by the child’s treating general practitioner by reference to the National Immunisation Program or its successor, for children of their respective ages.
Under such orders the parent with sole responsibility may be required to obtain from the children’s treating practitioner his/her recommendations in writing, provide each recommendation to the other parent and pay and be solely responsible for the reasonable cost of obtaining the general practitioner’s recommendation(s) and the administration of the immunisations by the children’s treating general practitioner.
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