Discover more from Dystopian Down Under
Refugee, GP, Renegade: Suspended doctor My Le Trinh
My Le Trinh arrived in Australia at the age of twelve, having escaped Cambodia after her mother was killed in a Khmer Rouge prison camp. Overcoming adversity, she made a successful life for herself here as a family doctor (GP). Then the medical regulators went after her.
Read Trinh’s story in my latest for Umbrella News,
Given the obsession of Australia’s corporate/managerial class with Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DE&I), it was striking to me how readily the medical regulators threw all DE&I principles out the window in dealing with Trinh’s case.
Trinh was suspended from medical practice in 2021 after two complaints were submitted to AHPRA over her prescribing ivermectin for treatment of Covid.
The scientific and public discourse around ivermectin tends to focus on lab and RCT results, the argument being over which trials count and which ones don’t.1 But as DE&I advocates so often impress upon us, there are ‘other ways of knowing’, including ‘lived experience’, and ‘cultural insight’.
Trinh had a robust understanding of the scientific evidence for treating Covid with ivermectin, including results from a Monash Uni trial that the Doherty Institute said looked promising.
But when Trinh prescribed ivermectin to patients during the pandemic here in Australia, she brought not just her scientific knowledge, but over ten years’ of experience using the drug in the field.
For over a decade, Trinh travelled to Cambodia on mission trips, where she treated people in remote villages for free. In Cambodia, ivermectin is available over the counter. It is known for its excellent safety profile, much safer than paracetamol, and for its many uses, including off-label applications.
None of this mattered to the regulators, who despite professing to value diversity in the Australian health workforce, by their actions were revealed to value enforcement of top-down bureaucratic edicts more.
As well as conducting my own interview with Trinh for this article, I drew on this touching interview of Trinh with Michael Gray Griffith on the Cafe Locked Out podcast. A recommended listen to feel the human aspect of Trinh’s story.
A final note on ivermectin. Observe the narrative shift in the media and ask yourself, why the 180?
To support my work, make a one-off contribution to DDU via my Kofi account and/or subscribe. Thanks!
Dystopian Down Under is a reader-supported publication. Consider becoming a free or paid subscriber.
There is evidence in both directions. My personal opinion after assessing the available evidence, which includes serious and seemingly well-founded allegations of fraud in the TOGETHER trial - the main trial used to ‘debunk’ the effectiveness of ivermectin - is that ivermectin works as a prophylactic and treatment for the SARS-CoV-2 virus.