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Anti-vaccination homeopath, Samara Douglas

Basic Details

Name:
Samara Douglas
Business:
Sorelle Homeopathy
Reiki Angel Healing
Location:
Eltham, VIC
Qualifications:
Homeopathy; Nursing; Midwifery
Member
AROH 13-334
AHPRA NMW0001059732
AHPRA NMW0001059733
Other
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Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (AHPRA)

  1. Position statement on nurses, midwives and vaccination (October 2016)
  2. NMBA position clear, we will take action on anti-vaccinatino promoters (20 October 2016)

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

Courses: Homeoprophylaxis for Practitioners - Dr. Isaac Golden (About Us, archived 19 Oct 2016)

Business website page: Homeoprophylaxis (archived 26 Jan 2014)

screenshottext
description:
Samara Douglas promoting Isaac Golden's free online homeoprophylaxis course.

linked material:
[image text] ''Get Answers on Immunisation Options: Dr. Golden's Free Online Course''

[title] ''Get Evidence from Government doctors.''

[content] ''Want information and not opinions to make your own mind on immunisation options for your child? Dr Isaac Golden who received his doctorate for research in Homoeoprophylaxis answers your questions. Click to join his online course for free.''

[linked source] Dr Isaac Golden - World Authority on Homoeopathic Immunisation

Source: Douglas, S 2015, Facebook post, 9 June, viewed 27 July 2016, <profile no longer publicly available>
description:
Samara Douglas promoting homeoprophylaxis.

shared material:
[content] ''I am not long back from India where I met with the people who ran the successful homeopathic immunisation program against Japanese Encephalitis in 20 million children in Andhra Pradesh province. I also met with Doctors from Kerala State who run their highly succesfful RAECH program against many infectious diseases. I met with the Deputy Director of the CCRH, a government body that researches homeopathy. They employ around 1,000 people involved in practical research, and accepted his invitation to submit research proposals.
I know that facts often don't suit sceptics and their very narrow non-science view of the world. But many people want options about how to protect against targeted infectious diseases, and the data, the evidence from Government doctors successfully using homeoprophylaxis in millions of people in many countries should be shared with the world.
God Willing there will be more data coming soon.''

[shared source] Dr Isaac Golden - World Authority on Homoeopathic Immunisation

Source: Douglas, S 2015, Facebook post, 8 June, viewed 27 July 2016, <profile no longer publicly available>

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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description:
Samara Douglas providing misinformation that could encourage people not to vaccinate, using her nursing and midwifery qualifications as authority in stating that vaccines are not safe.

Douglas [quote]:
''As a nurse, midwife, maternal & child health nurse and a homeopath with years of experience, I would so love to whistleblow but am scared to do so because of the ramifications.''

''Yes but even as a Homeopath we are not supposed to speak against vaccines. We can be reported too but the reporting is more obvious in mainstream medicine. The stories I could tell…''

Source: Douglas, S 2016, Facebook post, 11 November, viewed 13 November 2016, <https://reasonablehank.com/2016/11/13/anti-vaccine-nurses-and-midwives-39/>
description:
Samara Douglas providing misinformation that could encourage people not to vaccinate.

Douglas [quote]:
''The world has certainly gone mad. It is an individual's choice on which healthcare one chooses. It is not the choice of governments or the media.''

linked material:
[image text] ''A world gone mad… where this "normal" & "ok" and this is "radical" & "quackery" [image includes anti-vaccination picture of a baby covered in needles]

Source: Douglas, S 2015, Facebook post, 3 December, viewed 27 July 2016, <profile no longer publicly available>
description:
Samara Douglas providing misinformation that could encourage people not to vaccinate, promting the anti-vaccination movie, Bought.

Douglas [quote]:
''Arguably one the most powerful films ever made is currently available for FREE viewing.
Your Health
Your Family's Health
Your Medicines
Your Government
Your Food and
You have been 'BOUGHT' and traded for profit!''

linked material:
[title] ''New BOUGHT Documentary Exposes Ugly Truth Behind Vaccines, GMO's and Big Pharma.''

[linked source] Official Bought movie website

Source: Douglas, S 2015, Facebook post, 17 September, viewed 13 November 2016, <https://reasonablehank.com/2016/11/13/anti-vaccine-nurses-and-midwives-39/>
description:
Samara Douglas providing misinformation that could encourage people not to vaccinate, promoting the anti-vaccination movie, Doctored.

Douglas [quote]:
''Ever wondered why alternative medicine has never been allowed to flourish? Here is why…''

linked material:
[title] ''Doctored The Movie''

[linked source] YouTube

Source: Douglas, S 2014, Facebook post, 8 August, viewed 27 July 2016, <profile no longer publicly available>