No jab, no say? Can the Family Court order children to be vaccinated without a parent’s consent?

By Madeleine Stevens, Lawyer In Western Australia, children aged 12 and over are now eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations. The Therapeutic Goods Administration has provisionally approved the use of both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines for individuals in this age cohort. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has caused a widening range of family law disputes, such that the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia have established a dedicated court list for dealing with COVID-19 related family law disputes. One of the
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Preparing for Conciliation Conferences, Child Related Proceedings and Case Assessment Conferences

Three videos have been produced by the Family Court of Western Australia to provide parties with the necessary information required to prepare for Conciliation Conferences, Child Related Proceedings and Case Assessment Conferences. The videos outline the purpose of each court event, the parties’ rights and responsibilities, the relevant documents and essential information that will be required, how the conference or hearing will run on the day, and the next steps following each court event.
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