I’ve written two blog posts on anti-vax campaigner, Judy Wilyman (aka Roslyn Judith Wilyman) and, kindly, in return, she’s written a malevolent little missive about me which I found hugely entertaining.
Not too long ago, Ms Wiley’s shenanigans were featured in a front page article in the Illawarra Mercury. I can’t imagine who might have tipped them off!
My first blog post about this rogue researcher – Judy Wilyman, PhD candidate, Wollongong University ‘false, dangerous, misleading and disrespectful’, castigates Wilyman for a callous attack on the parents of a baby girl who died of pertussis (whooping cough).
The second, Why Wollongong’s abdication of responsibility for Wilyman won’t wash, criticises Wollongong University for their failure to censure Wilyman for unethical actions.
Ms Wilyman is yet another example of a person whose academic integrity is diluted (or, perhaps, more accurately, drowned) by an ideological agenda. (See my previous articles on Dr Catherine Lennon who suffers from the same affliction.)
My mantra is that the best defence against this kind of thing is to shine a light on it. That’s what I did with Dr Lennon last week and, this week, Christine Bayne has done a fine job in pulling together a detailed ‘biography’ of Ms Wilyman and her nefarious activities as an anti-vaccination activist.
Thanks to a link in Christine’s blog post, I was able to read a review of one of Wilyman’s ‘academic articles’ by Dr David Hawkes from the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health. Dr Hawkes, is an experienced reviewer with expertise in molecular virology and pharmacology. According to Dr Hawkes, Ms Wilyman’s paper is flawed by errors in grammar, spelling, referencing and structure, has an unacceptably low rate of references, misrepresents research data, makes sweeping statements with no supporting references, and her overall approach to the data is to try to frame it in a way that will support her philosophy. This is not an honest or acceptable approach to academic research.
If Wollongong University gives Judy Wilyman a PhD, it will reveal its academic standards to be no better than a US diploma mill.
That said, I’ll refer you to Christine Bayne’s blog – Diluted Thinking in Australian Healthcare – and her article, Campaigner: Judy Wilyman. It’s worth a read although it will make your stomach turn.