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Sydney dinner: From vampire moths to killer mozzies

The weird world of blood-sucking insects. Dr Cameron Webb, Medical Entomologist from the University of Sydney and Westmead Hospital, on the insects that want to drink your blood, their mysterious lifestyles and, most importantly, the best  —  and the worst  —  ways to beat their bites! Go to the shop to purchase tickets. … Read on »

Ken Harvey quits over Swisse-La Trobe deal rejected by other unis

UPDATE: The proposed deal between Swisse Wellness and La Trobe University that led ‘serial campaigner’ Dr Ken Harvey to resign his position as Adjunct Associate Professor in the University’s School of Public Health has apparently run the gamut of several universities over a lengthy period of time before finally being taken up by La Trobe. Bond University … Read on »

Loretta Marron wins Order of Australia

Loretta Marron, three-time winner of Australian Skeptics’ Skeptic of the Year award, has been granted a 2014 Medal (OAM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia “for service to community health”. Loretta has made great contributions to public health and the exposure of dangerous and discredited treatments that profit through offering spurious cures to the … Read on »

Psychic scams in Victoria

Consumer Affairs Victoria (CAV) has issued a warning for people to be wary of scammers posing as psychics, clairvoyants and fortune-tellers, after a consumer lost almost $90,000 to a scam. The consumer recently contacted CAV after making several payments of thousands of dollars at a time for ‘spiritual purposes’. “Scammers prey on people’s vulnerabilities, insecurities and unhappiness,” said Claire … Read on »

Sydney to host 30th Skeptics convention in 2014

Following a highly successful convention in Canberra in November, it has been announced that next year’s convention will be held in Sydney on the weekend on November 28  –  30. This will be an historic event, as it will be the 30th Australian national convention, all of which have been held in sequential years. This is an achievement not … Read on »

AVN told to change its name

The NSW Administrative Decisions Tribunal has ordered the Australian Vaccination Network to change its name because “without any information, other than the name, an ordinary member of the public would be likely to be misled into thinking that one of AVN’s objectives is to give a pro-vaccination message or, at least, to provide comprehensive information … Read on »

Chiropractors win joint Bent Spoon

The Chiropractors’ Association of Australia AND the Chiropractic Board of Australia are the joint winners of the 2013 Australian Skeptics’ Bent Spoon award. Three Australian Skeptics’ awards  –  the Bent Spoon and the much more sought-after Skeptic-of-the-Year and Thornett awards  –  were announced at a dinner on Saturday, November 23, as part of the Skeptics convention, which this year was held … Read on »

Canada moves on homeopathic vaccines

Health Canada is cracking down on the sale of so-called homeopathic vaccines that are falsely promoted by some naturopaths and homeopaths as safer and more effective than traditional vaccines. The Toronto-based Globe and Mail reports that the department has altered the document that outlines how homeopathic vaccines should be used, saying they must now contain the … Read on »

Chiro Board cracks down on its own anti-vaxers

The Chiropractic Board of Australia says it will crack down on chiropractors who “step outside their primary role as healthcare practitioners and provide treatment that puts the public at risk”. Specifically it is referring to the promotion of an anti-vaccination stance. To this end, the Board has ordered practitioners to remove all anti-vaccination material from their websites and … Read on »

AltMed linked to poor cancer outcomes

The alternative medicine researcher, Edzard Ernst, has brought to our attention a recent study in South Korea of higher mortality rates of cancer patients who use alternative medicines. Yun YH et al evaluated the influence of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) in the survival and health-related quality of life (HRQOL) of terminal cancer patients. In a 15 month study of … Read on »

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Skeptics Convention 2014

Skeptics Convention 2014 Our 30th annual convention will be held on 28 – 30 November in Chatswood, NSW. It will feature fantastic speakers, and is guaranteed to be lots of fun. Go to our shop to book your place.
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