Anti-vaxxer chiropractor Simon Floreani suspended for six months







The Melbourne chiropractor who became infamous for cracking the backs of little babies in videos posted on Instagram has been suspended for six months after he compared childhood vaccinations to poison and permitted an anti-vax movie to be shown in his clinic.

The Chiropractic Board of Australia referred chiropractor Simon Floreani to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal for professional misconduct in March 2019 after he participated in a controversial YouTube video.

In the interview titled “Nazi vaccines regimen in Australia”, Dr Floreani likened childhood vaccinations to poison and stated there was “no evidence” to suggest people and children were safe to use vaccines.

In the video, which is still posted to YouTube, Dr Floreani said there was no evidence proving the efficacy of childhood vaccinations, stating “I’m not allowed to talk about vaccinations, but under the laws of this country, I have to do what’s right”.

Dr Floreani also permitted a screening of the film ‘Vaxxed: From cover-up to catastrophe’ at his clinic in December 2016.

The film contains material that is contrary to the code of conduct for chiropractors and the board’s statement on advertising.

Dr Simon Floreani fronted VCAT to face allegations related to an anti-vaccine stance.
Camera IconDr Simon Floreani fronted VCAT to face allegations related to an anti-vaccine stance. Credit: Supplied

The allegations were admitted in full by Dr Floreani and were found proven by the tribunal, which suspended him for six months.

Chiropractic Board of Australia chair Wayne Minter welcomed the move.

“Chiropractors are trusted members of Australia’s health workforce,” Dr Minter said.

“It is a breach of that trust when they share or promote information that isn’t evidence-based or in line with the best available health advice.”

In reaching its decision, the tribunal said it had no hesitation in making a finding of professional misconduct, given the “flawed, inaccurate and dangerous statements” Dr Floreani had made and endorsed.

The tribunal also placed a number of conditions on Dr Floreani’s registration including not displaying or promoting anti-vaccination materials to patients, not making public comment discouraging vaccination and referring patients wanting information about vaccination to a qualified health professional.

Dr Floreani will also be forced to display signs at his place of practice stating that he does not provide patients with advice regarding vaccination.


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