This man deserves a second New Zealander of the Year Award

Kaitaia doctor and a former New Zealander of the Year Lance O’Sullivan has been slammed by the organisers of a screening of the vaccination-dispute movie Vaxxed – from Cover-up to Catastrophe.

O’Sullivan interrupted the screening in Kaitaia on Monday night, telling the handful of people in the audience that their ”presence here will cause babies to die”.

”I’ve come here not to watch the film, but to continue my battle and my challenge for my people and, importantly, for our children,” he said.

Entirely reasonable.  He has a genuine belief he is saving lives.  It is his duty as a doctor to speak up. 

O’Sullivan, who practices in Kaitaia, was born in Auckland – the son of a meat worker – and is known for his philanthropy, public health advocacy, and his outreach work for rural patients, Pacific and Maori health.

He and wife, Tracy, set up a low cost clinic to foster better access to basic health care for people in the far north and he set up the Moko Foundation, a school-based health service. …

“I’m most proud of taking what I feel and turning it into action around the things I saw that weren’t so good for the communities I live and work in.

“Rather than just talking about it, [I’m] doing something.”

In 2013, he was pipped as an emerging leader by the Sir Peter Blake Trust.

He’s been named as a champion of public health by the Public Health Association and Maori of the Year.

O’Sullivan is also an author, a public speaker, and public health advocate.

I recall looking into the Vax debate when my first child was on the way.  The idea of injecting a perfectly formed brand new human being with chemicals was abhorrent in principle.

So I went to see my doctor, a man I had grown to trust and respect.  He said to me that he’s seen people die of Tetanus, and if I was not going to vaccinate, that I would at least do that one – PLEASE.

For those concerned, everyone in my family are Vaxed to the Max.   But as a new parent you do get swayed by these anti-vax people.  It’s your responsibility to consider all the information.  But yeah, geez.

Give that man a DB


– Stuff, NZ Herald

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