The purpose of this article is to bring attention to the silencing of doctors by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency. AHPRA has publicized opinions on Australian doctors’ Facebook posts and the sharing of information regarding early treatment for COVID. Doctors questioning vaccines or who provide medical exemptions are also promptly investigated, and suspended, and considered to be dangerous to the public.
This attack by AHPRA is an attack on human rights and free speech. There is an unfortunate lack of transparency and honesty from AHPRA, and doctors have had to endure severe persecutions. All health professionals have the important and basic human right to express their views. Yet in Australia, it seems that an accused criminal has more rights in law than an accused doctor. People and doctors should be allowed the legal and moral right to question government directives and public health messages without reprisal. Government should not get in the way of the doctor-patient relationship, otherwise the public will not have confidence that their physicians are doing right by them.
At this point, we believe hundreds of doctors have been suspended and not allowed to practice for advocating for the health and safety of their patients.