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The Vaccination Chronicles

Richard Saunders, international speaker, long time member of Australian Skeptics Inc. and judge on the hit TV series ‘The One’, released his short documentary film “The Vaccination Chronicles: if only” on YouTube for free in July 2014 as a reminder of a time before wide-spread vaccines were available. The documentary features stories of Australians from all walks … Read on »

Win against faith healing for NZ health group

A New Zealand church which advertised that a prayer session could heal health problems, including “incurable diseases”, has been told to remove the advertisement. The newly formed NZ Society for Science Based Healthcare made a complaint to the NZ Advertising Standards Authority about a brochure from the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God, which contained … Read on »

Announcing Convention ticket price reduction

We have major news! After a great deal of negotiations, we are very excited to announce a ticket price reduction for the 30th Australian Skeptics National Convention. The new standard ticket price for the whole convention is only $260 (previously $320), effective immediately. Since we began planning this convention, trying to reduce the ticket price has been high … Read on »

Science good, but 30% don’t know who to trust

A survey undertaken by ANU’s Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science (CPAS) has found that 20% of respondents did not know who to trust on science and technology, and 9% did not trust anyone. The reverse was true of religious leaders, with only 11% trusting them for scientific information. The How do Australians engage with … Read on »

Uni study confirms no link between autism and vaccination

The first systematic international review of childhood vaccinations led by researchers from the University of Sydney has found no evidence of a link to the development of autism or autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). The comprehensive review, published in medical journal Vaccine, examined five cohort studies involving more than 1.25 million children, an additional five case-control studies involving … Read on »

Antivaxxers — you have been warned

The New South Wales Health Care Complaints Commission has said that the recently renamed Australian Vaccination-skeptics Network disseminates “misleading, misrepresented and incorrect information about vaccination [that] engenders fear and alarm and is likely to detrimentally affect the clinical management or care of its readers”. The warning is the second time the HCCC has issued a statement criticising … Read on »

It’s official — homeopathy doesn’t work!

The National Health & Medical Research Council draft information paper on the effectiveness of homeopathy finds that “There is no reliable evidence that homeopathy is effective for treating health conditions.” This is a view that Australian Skeptics has been propounding for some time, and thus thoroughly endorses. “It is especially timely during ‘Homeopathy Awareness Week’  —  due to start on April … 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 »

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Skeptics Convention 2014

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