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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 »

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 »

Petition on whooping cough vaccination

The recent death from whooping cough of a 32-day-old baby in Perth has highlighted the tragic consequences of this debilitating disease, and the desperate need to do something about it. The death of Riley Hughes on March 15 was the first death of an infant in Western Australia since 2011, but the fifth since 2008. Since that time, the … Read on »

NHMRC: no good evidence for homeopathy

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) today released a statement concluding that “there is no good quality evidence to support the claim that homeopathy is effective in treating health conditions”. The long-awaited release follows “a thorough review of the evidence, conducted as part of NHMRC’s responsibility to provide advice and support informed health care decisions … Read on »

2015 Skeptics convention – Schmidt, Gerbic, Nickell

The organisers of the 2015 Australian Skeptics National Convention have announced the first round of speakers. Top of the list are astronomer and Nobel laureate Prof Brian Schmidt; US guerrilla skeptic Susan Gerbic; and the world’s leading investigator of the paranormal, Joe Nickell. Other speakers include: journalist Signe Cane; writer and science researcher, Holly Warland; Peter Ellerton, lecturer in … Read on »

Sydney dinner — Medical madness

Dr Brad McKay, co-host of Embarrassing Bodies Down Under, will give a talk on “medical madness” at a Skeptics dinner to be held in Sydney on March 28. “Health care in Australia is full of fictitious diseases, fake treatments and pseudoscientific terminology,” he says. “Some health problems are also very embarrassing to mention in polite company, and … 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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