Homeopathy – NOT recommended – WHO

The World Health Organisation (WHO) does not recommend the use of homeopathy for HIV, malaria, TB, influenza and infant diarrhoea. In a growing world-wide moment against quackery, the WHO have made a strong statement about the unwise use of homepathy to treat serious illnesses. Australian Skeptics have long campaigned to…

Swine flu, how safe will the vaccine be?

You’d have to be living in a cave to not be aware that we are in midst of an epidemic of H1N1 Influenza, commonly known as Swine Flu. This is the same flu responsible for 1918-1919 pandemic that killed millions, so understandably world health organizations are tracking it very carefully….

Seeing is not always believing…

Professor Richard Wiseman is the Professor of the Understanding of Psychology at the University of Hertfordshire in the United Kingdom. Richard is the author of several books but is also a big fan of new media such as Twitter. He recently ran a Twitter poll asking people to describe Michael…

Perth Skeptics in the Pub

A new informal group, ‘Perth Skeptics’ has been set up so people in Perth can enjoy the world-wide craze of ‘Skeptics in the Pub’. Although not an official part Australian Skeptics, we are nevertheless delighted to see this sort of grass roots action and interest in the sceptical moment. ‘Perth…

Behind the scenes on The Skeptic Zone photo shoot in Perth

Many thanks to the awesome talents of Perth art director Rikki Burns and photographer Thomas Perry, a skeptically-themed photo shoot starring the Skeptic Zone team members Richard Saunders and Dr Rachael Dunlop was completed this week in Perth! The Skeptic Zone podcast have now produced talks for both the University…

105 ways to advance scepticism; how you can make a difference.

Daniel Loxton, the Editor for the Junior Skeptic insert in the US publication Skeptic, coordinated almost 30,000 words of impassioned, in-depth commentary from thirteen leading skeptics worldwide. This document aims to promote skeptical activism – and demonstrates practical, pragmatic and realistic steps as to how you can make a difference….

Dick Smith funds pro-vaccination advertisement.

Dick Smith has funded an advertisement placed in a national newspaper, The Australian, written by Australian Skeptics to alert parents to the dangers of the Australian anti-vaccination lobby. Known as the Australian Vaccination Network (AVN), this group spreads misinformation and falsehoods about the safety and effectiveneness of vaccines. “Dick Smith…

Australian Skeptics urge parents to get the real facts on vaccination

Businessman, aviator, and explorer, Dick Smith, has funded an Australian Skeptics’ advertisement to urge parents to access factual information on vaccination, in the wake of the country’s largest Whooping Cough epidemic.

Important information for parents: the facts about vaccination.

Immunisation saves lives. Since the humble observations about cowpox made by Edward Jenner in the 1700s, vaccination programs have saved millions of lives and dramatically decreased child mortality and suffering. Diseases such as smallpox are now consigned to history, while polio has virtually disappeared. But sadly there are some people…

Anti-vaxers under investigation.

Today it was revealed that the Australian Vaccination Network will be investigated by the New South Wales Health Care Complaints Commission for breaches of the Public Health Act of 1993. The president of the AVN, Meryl Dorey, issued a statement as part of their August newsletter saying; “The complaint alleges…