The Ideology Smackdown: Modern Medicine vs Anti-Vaccination

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What’s it all about?

The rise of the anti-vaccination movement and open skepticism of the medical establishment caught many by surprise. While rejection of modern science is treated as dangerous idiocy by some, for other it is a long overdue challenge to an industry that has held itself aloof from the patients it claims to exist for, and which appears far more interested in power and profit than patient care.

This debate has lead to fierce arguments and the threat of government intervention in parenting with the new ‘no jab, no play’ rules. So which is more important; heeding medical risks or a parent’s right to raise their child as they see fit?

Now is your opportunity to decide!

What will we cover?

Using ethical frameworks participants of both sides will explore both their own positions and those of their opponents.

Learn how that opposition is possible, and work together to determine what the truth of the matter is.

Anti-vaxer, scientific zealot or just concerned, come stake your claim in the Ideological Smackdown!

Who will be teaching?

Gordon Young is a professional ethicist and environmental consultant. He is a lecturer in Professional Ethics at RMIT, Principle at Ethilogical Consulting and writer at, where he explores a new topic each week.