A family dentist has told News Corp that he is “encouraged” by the positive response from parents after they attended a meeting at a Kensington family dentist.
Dr Michael McShane was at the meeting with parents who attended his office to receive treatment for the measles.
He said he felt “incredibly positive” about the response he received from the community.
“It was incredibly encouraging and I am hopeful that the positive reaction to it will lead to a wider discussion about the role of public health professionals in our community,” Dr McShana said.
“We are in the process of building the capacity of the community to accept it and not only accept it but to respond to it.”
Dr McSwane said the positive outcome was a “positive message” to the community and a “step towards understanding that this is a disease which has not been completely eradicated”.
“We have to be realistic about what this means and we can’t expect everyone to be well.”
The measles outbreak started in October last year when people in Queensland contracted the disease in a remote area of the Gold Coast.
Around 1,400 people in NSW were confirmed to have the disease and another 1,100 people were infected in Queensland.
“I think that there is a certain sense of excitement that there are more people coming forward,” Dr MacShane said.
He is currently in the lead of a project to help prevent the spread of the disease through education and community engagement.
“Hopefully we are doing all we can to get it out of the communities and to educate people to make sure that they are taking care of their families.”
Dr MacSwane was invited to speak at the Kensington Family Dentistry Trust (KFTD) last year and was particularly struck by the “vast majority” of parents who spoke up for their children.
“This is a message to those who are not willing to stand up and say ‘I’m not going to vaccinate my child’, that there’s a lot of people who are prepared to vaccine their children and who are willing to support that,” he said.