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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 who are vehemently opposed to vaccinations. While they … Read on »

Blackmores funds Sydney Uni chair in ‘integrative medicine’

Vitamin and supplements company Blackmores is funding a “chair in integrative medicine” at Sydney University. Apparently the University approached Blackmores about the relationship rather than the company making the first move. The new position is titled the Maurice Blackmore Chair which, according to an announcement from the University made today, “honours Maurice Blackmore [founder of the company], a pioneer … Read on »

Sydney dinner — Autism myths vs reality

[ Saturday, June 20, 2015; 6:30 pm to 10:00 pm. 6:30 pm to 10:00 pm. 6:30 pm to 10:00 pm. ] The next Sydney Skeptics dinner will autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Conspiracy theories, myths and amateur diagnoses abound, confusing those who seek to know the reality and latest science-based thinking on this condition. The dinner will feature Nicole Rogerson, the founding Director and CEO of Autism Awareness Australia, a national not-for-profit organisation which she set up in … Read on »

Sydney dinner — Autism myths and reality

There are few medical conditions as widely misrepresented as autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Conspiracy theories, myths and amateur diagnoses abound, confusing those who seek to know the reality and latest science-based thinking on this condition. The next Sydney Skeptics dinner will be on June 20 and will feature Nicole Rogerson, the founding Director and CEO of Autism … Read on »

Euro Skeptics Congress — London Sept 11 – 13

The 16th European Skeptics Congress will be held from September 11 to 13 2015, at Goldsmiths College, London. The congress program is now almost complete. Speakers include Jim Al Khalili, Richard Wiseman, Edzard Ernst, Mark Lynas, Catherine de Jong, Chris French, Martin Mahner, Antonin Pavlicek, Stephen Law, and Klaus Schmeh. Saturday, September 12, is devoted to research at … Read on »

European Skeptics Congress

[ Friday, September 11, 2015 to Sunday, September 13, 2015. Friday, September 11, 2015 to Sunday, September 13, 2015. Friday, September 11, 2015 to Sunday, September 13, 2015. Friday, September 11, 2015 to Sunday, September 13, 2015. ] The 16th European Skeptics Congress will be held from September 11 to 13 2015, at Goldsmiths College, London. The congress program is now almost complete. Speakers include Jim Al Khalili, Richard Wiseman, Edzard Ernst, Mark Lynas, Catherine de Jong, Chris French, Martin Mahner, Antonin Pavlicek, Stephen Law, and Klaus Schmeh. Saturday, September 12, is devoted to … Read on »

Sydney Skepticamp

[ Saturday, May 30, 2015; 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. ] The next Skepticamp to be held in Sydney will be on May 30, 10.00am to 4.00pm at the University of Technology (Rooms CB01.04.06 and CB02.04.1). The organisers describe its as an unconference “for the delegates by the delegates”. Everyone is encouraged to bring a topic to speak on, everyone is encouraged to bring questions, and everyone can … Read on »

Skepticamp Sydney on May 30

The next Skepticamp “unconference” to be held in Sydney will be on May 30 at the University of Technology. The organisers describe an unconference as “a conference for the delegates by the delegates”. “Everyone is encouraged to bring a topic to speak on, everyone is encouraged to bring questions, and everyone can help out on the day.” The first Skepticamp to … Read on »

Award-winner Prof Simon Chapman retires

Prof Simon Chapman, winner of the Skeptic of the Year award for 2013, has recently retired. Simon was professor in Public Health at the University of Sydney, and has a distinguished career in health areas. He has authored 17 books and major reports, 292 papers and 168 letters and commentaries in peer review journals. He’s been recognised both … Read on »

NHMRC head: “We need to move away from magic”

Professor Warwick Anderson, the recently retired head of the National Health & Medical Research Council, has given a blast to the complementary and alternative medicine industry, saying that 19th century quackery has no place in the 21st century. “We must assume [the practitioners] either believe in magic or perhaps are just dishonest.” He particularly criticised those pushing ineffective treatments … Read on »

Vaccination: no child care benefits for conscientious objectors or religion grounds

From 1 January 2016, the Commonwealth government will remove “conscientious objection” as an exemption category for child care payments (Child Care Benefit and Child Care Rebate) and the Family Tax Benefit Part A end of year supplement. In a joint statement titled “No jab  –  no play and no pay for child care”, the Prime Minister and the Minister … Read on »

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Sydney Dinner Meeting — 20 June

Nicole Rogerson will speak about the myths versus reality of autism. Go to our shop to book your place.

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