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Anti-vaccination homeopath, Petrina Reichman

Basic Details

Name:
Petrina Reichman
Business:
Reichman Homeopathy
Location:
Eatons Hill, QLD
Qualifications:
Homeopathy
Professional
Lecturer AIAS (2013- )
Member
AROH 05-761; AHA

AROH - Code of Professional Conduct

The following list contains excerpts from AROH's Code of Professional Conduct. In my opinion, the Code does not permit its Registrants to publicly comment on health-related matters when relying on non-valid sources e.g. pseudoscientific and/or conspiracy websites, nor does it permit the use of scare articles and/or images to emotionally manipulate patients and the public.

  • 1. Provide Safe, Ethical and Competent Health Care
    • 1.2 Without limiting or derogating from 1.1 above, Registrants shall fulfill their duty of care toward patients and must:
      • apply their professional capacity as a practitioner to improve the health and well-being of their patients, and attempt to minimise physical or emotional harm
      • interact with patients (and related parties), diligently, honestly, fairly, and in good faith, subject to confidentiality considerations, bearing in mind the patient's position of dependence and the high degree of trust a patient places in the Registrant;
  • 3. Support (present and potential) Patients to Make Informed Decisions
    Registrants shall provide patients with reliable information and professional opinions, and must not conduct their practice, or the advertising thereof, in a way that might reasonably be expected to mislead or deceive a person, as to the nature and identity of the provider, or as to the nature or quality of the services offered.
  • 5. Place the Welfare of Patients above Self-Interest
    In relation to clinical practice and the advertising thereof, the welfare of patients, students, research subjects and the public shall take precedence over a practitioner's self-interest and the interests of employees and colleagues, in accordance with normal consulting practice.
    In particular, Registrants shall refrain from:
    • exploiting patients financially, or misinforming them in relation to health care products or services. When providing advice in a professional capacity, Homoeopaths shall be honest, and explain the advantages and disadvantages, so that the patient can make an informed choice.
    • attempting to dissuade patients from seeking or continuing treatment with a registered medical practitioner, unless on substantial grounds,…
  • 10. Maintain Professional Integrity and Personal Conduct
    Registrants shall at all times conduct their practice, communications and affairs in a courteous, dignified and responsible manner consistent with this Code and the AROH Standards of Practice and so as not to bring the Homoeopathic medical profession into disrepute.
    In particular Registrants must:
    • identify themselves by name, in any communications concerned with their practice or other health related matters,
    • avoid offensive, provocative or misleading statements, publications or conduct
Let me repeat that very last point again:
Registrants must avoid offensive, provocative or misleading statements, publications or conduct.

Promoting Homeoprophylaxis

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[Excerpt from Reichman's business website]:

Services

  • Chronic and acute illness
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Diabetes care
  • Fertility support and pregnancy care
  • Infant/child health (including development/behaviour issues)
  • Weight loss
  • Heavy metal detoxification and testing
  • Functional testing services
  • Homeopathic prophylaxis
  • Homeopathic first aid kits and programs
  • Pet care
Source: Reichman, P 2016, Home: Services, homepage, Petrina Reichman Homeopath, Queensland, viewed 12 August 2016, <http://www.reichmanhomeopathy.com.au/home.html>
description:
From Reichman's business website (page no longer available):

[page title] My Blog
Homeopathic Immunisation

[blog title] Be Prepared For Flu Season
[author] Petrina Reichman: Posted on Wednesday, 10 April 2013 7:30 PM

[content]
"Flu season is almost upon us. In fact, there have already been many cases reported in Queensland. Each year the flu shot is pushed as the best preventative treatment, however efficacy of the influenza vaccine is quite low with the added risk of potentially serious side-effects."

"A European pilot study across 21 hospitals measuring influenza vaccine efficacy for the A(H3N2) strain - which is one of the strains used in Australia's current vaccine - shows a very low efficacy rate."

"Homeopathy has a long history of using homeopathic medicines as treatments for epidemics (genus epidemicus) and as a preventative for infectious diseases (homeoprophylaxis)."

Source: Reichman, P 2015, Be Prepared For Flu Season, blog post [archived copy 2 Oct 2015], Petrina Reichman Homeopathy, Queensland, viewed 12 August 2016, <https://web.archive.org/web/20151002153928/http://www.reichmanhomeopathy.com.au/blog/Homeopathic+Immunisation.aspx>

[Excerpts from former website, page titled "Fees"]:

Homeopathic Prophylaxis (Childhood Disease Prevention Program)

  • Consultation $30
  • HP Kit $120

Home Prescribing Kits also available…

  • Kits can be made to suit needs - birth, colds and flu, livestock, pets, travel prophylaxis, etc.
Source: Reichman, P 2012, Fees, archived page, Petrina Reichman Homeopathy, Queensland, viewed 12 August 2016, <https://web.archive.org/web/20120428041636/http://www.homtree.com/Fees.html>
[content] "An informative site for info on vaccination, disease, and HP"

[link to homeoprophylaxis.com.au - site no longer available, was taken offline after homeopath owner had an upheld complaint against him by the TGA in regard to claims about homeoprophylaxis]

Source: Reichman, P 2011, Facebook post, 12 October, viewed 12 August 2016, <https://www.facebook.com/reichmanhomeopathy/posts/202951393111991>

Anti-vaccination

The evidence presented here shows this practitioner: NOTE: all evidence was available to be viewed by the public at time of capture.

Evidence

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Petrina Reichman providing misinformation that could encourage people not to vaccinate.

Reichman [quote]:
"Great, because we see this in our clinics year after year. We also see many people developing influenza after having the flu shot"

shared material:
[title] "Homeopathic medicines for prevention of influenza and acute respiratory tract infections in…"

[shared source] PubMed via Homeopathy Worked for Me

Source: Reichman, P 2016, Facebook post, 19 May, viewed 12 August 2016, <https://www.facebook.com/reichmanhomeopathy/posts/1133075983429973>
description:
Petrina Reichman providing misinformation that could encourage people not to vaccinate, sharing an article from an anti-vaccination homeopath.

shared material:
[title] "Homeopathic Detox of Childhood Vaccinations - Results from Preliminary Study - Anna Rayner"

[content] "In September 2014 I advertised for volunteers to take part in a trial of homeopathic detox of the childhood vaccinations. Here are the results. Design This is a…"

[shared source] Anna Rayner

Source: Reichman, P 2015, Facebook post, 27 October, viewed 12 August 2016, <https://www.facebook.com/reichmanhomeopathy/posts/990348751036031>
description:
Petrina Reichman providing misinformation that could encourage people not to vaccinate, promoting the anti-vaccination conspiracy movie, "The Greater Good".

Reichman [quote]:
"A MUST SEE for all parents concerned with making an informed choice.
When speaking to GP about this issue, please question the safety, ask gp to give a written guarantee that your child will not be injured… they won't because they can't!! Vaccine related injury is not rare. So next time your doctor insists that your child "take one for the team", make sure that doctor is willing to compensate for possible damages (now that's taking one for the team!)."

"Be informed."

linked material:
[image text] "THE GREATER GOOD"

[title] "THE GREATER GOOD"

[content] "The Greater Good looks behind the fear, hype and politics that polarize people into emotionally charged pro-vaccine or anti-vaccine camps with no room for middle ground. Exploring the cultural intersection where parenting meets modern…"

[linked source] vimeo.com

Source: Reichman, P 2011, Facebook post, 5 November, viewed 12 August 2016, <https://www.facebook.com/reichmanhomeopathy/posts/270840886294119>
description:
Petrina Reichman providing misinformation that could encourage people not to vaccinate, promoting an anti-vaccination homeopath's website. Later, this homeopath had an upheld complaint by the TGA for his information on homeoprophylaxis.

Reichman [quote]:
"An informative site for info on vaccination, disease, and HP"

linked material:
[title] "homeoprophylaxis > Home"

[redacted: link to website (no longer available]]

[shared source] homeoprophylaxis.com.au

Source: Reichman, P 2011, Facebook post, 12 October, viewed 12 August 2016, <https://www.facebook.com/reichmanhomeopathy/posts/202951393111991>