Should 12 year olds be making decisions about healthcare?

August 23, 2021 Does a 12 year old child have sufficient intellectual and emotional maturity to make medical decisions for himself (or herself)? In a non-emergency situation, should a 12 year old child be able to consent to a medical procedure without their parent(s) being involved and also giving their consent? I think any sensible…

New Zealand and Australia Covid-19 vaccine Q&A

There are likely to be Covid-19 vaccines available in New Zealand and Australia as early as March 2021. Basic information about these vaccines is presented below in a Q&A format.  NB: References and notes may be found at the end of this article. Q:  Covid-19 is caused by a coronavirus known as “SARS-CoV-2”.  Have vaccines…