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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 »

Tickets on sale for 2015 convention

Tickets are now on sale for the 2015 Australian Skeptics National Convention. Special deals include reserved seating in rows 1 and 2, and early bird offer of seating in rows 3 and 4. And, of course, the gala dinner. Running from October 16  –  18, the Convention features such luminaries of the scientific and skeptical world as Nobel laureate Prof Brian … Read on »

Free paper on social marketing of facilitated comms

For a limited time, a new paper on the social marketing of facilitated communication is available to download. The paper is jointly authored by Bronwyn Hemsley and Stephen Dann. Associate Professor Hemsley is a certified practising speech pathologist with 26 years’ experience in working with people with communication disabilities in research, teaching, and policy development. She is … Read on »

Victorian Skeptics treasurer awarded OAM

Roy Arnott, long-standing treasurer for the Victorian Skeptics, was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in the recent Queen’s birthday honours list. He received the honour for his service to the preservation of military history and to veterans. Roy enlisted in the CMF (later the Australian Army Reserve) in 1959, retiring as a Warrant Officer … Read on »

Companion award to Skeptics’ patron

Australian Skeptics congratulates Dick Smith, patron of the organisation, for being awarded a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) in the recent Queen’s Birthday honours list. The AC is awarded for eminent achievement and merit of the highest degree in service to Australia or to humanity at large. Apart from the recently re-instituted Knight and Dame … Read on »

GPs should turn backs on homeopathy

The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners has issued a statement on homeopathy, following the NHMRC’s recent finding that there was no scientific evidence to support homeopathic treatments. The RACGP statement advises that: • Medical practitioners should not practice homeopathy, refer patients to homeopathic practitioners, or recommend homeopathic products to their patients. • Pharmacists should not sell, recommend, or support … Read on »

Skeptics sponsor school science

The Australian Skeptics are proud to be long term sponsors of many science and critical reasoning prizes and competitions for children around the country. We financially support Victoria’s Science Drama Awards and the Science Talent Search again this year. Both of these events are organised by the Science Teachers Association of Victoria and continue through the vision … Read on »

Melbourne: Eleventh Annual Vic Skeptics Trivia Extravaganza

[ Thursday, June 25, 2015; 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm. ] Date: Thursday June 25th 2015 Time: Alfresco Dinner from 6pm — Trivia in The Club Room at 7:30pm sharp Trivia Host: Ken Greatorex Location: La Notte Restaurant, 140 Lygon Street, Carlton   Trivia in The Club Room will start at 7:30 sharp (expected finishing time 10 pm) Lots of great prizes, including: Dinner for two to the value of $100 courtesy La … Read on »

Melbourne: Skeptics Café — Science Drama Awards, Science Talent Search

[ Monday, June 15, 2015; 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm. ] Date: June 15th 2015 Time: Dinner from 6pm — Talk from 8pm Speakers: Janice Teng, Jan Campione and Helen Hiotis Talk: Science Drama Awards and Science Talent Search Location: La Notte Restaurant, 140 Lygon Street, Carlton Janice Teng will discuss the Science Talent Search — one of Australia’s oldest school science competitions — and explain how it gears students toward … 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 »

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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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