Fluoridated water still undecided

THREE years on, health authorities still do not expect to make a recommendation on water fluoridation for Yanchep and Two Rocks soon.

The Fluoridation of Public Water Supplies Advisory Committee started investigating whether to fluoridate the water supply in February 2011.

The committee’s secretary Richard Theobold said the committee would make a recommendation to the Minister for Health, but a decision was not expected ‘in the immediate future’.

He said the committee last met on September 18 and had another meeting scheduled in March.

James Fairbairn, who founded Fluoride Free WA, has campaigned against fluoridation in the metropolitan area since 2011.

He invited Professor Paul Connett, co-author of The Case Against Fluoride, to give public talks in WA in February.

Australian Medical Association of WA vice-president Michael Gannon said people should not fall for misinformation peddled by anti-fluoride groups.

‘These groups should not call themselves anti-flouride ” they are really anti-health,’ Dr Gannon said.

‘We have noticed over the last few years the rise of small but extremely vocal anti-fluoride groups in WA.’

Dr Gannon said fluoridation was one of the most practical methods of reducing cavities in children, bridging the gap in oral health between different social classes.

Mr Fairbairn said the lobby group had ‘made a point of basing their arguments against fluoridation on peer reviewed science and accepted international codes of medical ethics, not on emotionalism or conspiracy theories’.

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