Uniting Church cancels AVN seminar

The Uniting Church in the City of Perth has taken a stance against the misinformation put forward by the Australian Vaccination Network. At short notice, the Church cancelled a booking the AVN had made to speak at a Church venue, citing that “the message promoted by the Australian Vaccination Network…

AVN Denied Advertising in Mum and Babies Publication

It was recently alleged that the AVN was denied paid advertising in The Child group of magazines, including Sydney’s Child. The monthly publications are distributed free in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Canberra and Perth via childcare centres and baby shops and are highly targeted to Australian parents. Australian Skeptics understand…

Tokyo embassy links to antivax group: Stop the AVN to the rescue!

By the Skeptic Zone’s Dave The Happy Singer The Australian Embassy in Toyko has removed a web link to the notorious Australian Vaccination Network after the ‘Stop The AVN’ group alerted officials. The deceptively named ‘Australian Vaccination Network’ (AVN) is a rabid anti-vaccination lobby group, spreading unsubstantiated fear, uncertainty and…

The old one-two-three hits the anti-vaccination movement

It hasn’t been a good week for anti-vaxers. In fact, it hasn’t been a good year. But the period from the end of January into the first week of February 2010 was particularly troublesome for the luddites of the medical world. In three consecutive blows, a key piece of research…

Meryl Dorey and the AVN win 2009 Bent Spoon

The Australian Skeptics Bent Spoon Award was presented last night at the annual Skeptics’ Convention at the University of Queensland in Brisbane. The Bent Spoon is awarded annually for the perpetrator of the most preposterous piece of paranormal or pseudo-scientific piffle and is chosen from a list of public nominations…