Uni study finds some TCM ingredients illegal or dangerous

Tests find some traditional Chinese medicines contain pharmaceuticals, heavy metals and endangered animals, including snow leopards

No Jab No Pay legislation passed

The Senate has given final approval to the no jab no pay legislation to make vaccination essential to receive some government family benefits.

Review on health fund rebate for alt med – too hard basket

A government review of a range of natural therapies has found that they lack evidence of clinical efficacy, but the amount of the rebate paid is not worth the effort of withdrawing it.

Senate committee report recommends ‘no jab no pay’ bill be passed

The committee looking into plans to increase vaccination via limiting access to social services payments gives its nod to the amended legislation.

No Jab No Pay inquiry flooded by anti-vax submissions

Australian Vaccination-Skeptics Network claims conspiracies from those in favour of vaccination

Chiropractic Board fails the tooth test

Australian Skeptics Inc’s concern over powerless standards

Bent Spoon to celebrity chef Pete Evans

Annual ‘piffle’ award goes to paleo-diet and pseudomedicine promoter, Pete Evans.

CAA president-to-be stands down

Thanks in no small part to the work of 2014 Skeptic of the Year, Peter Tierney, the president-elect of the Chiropractors Association of Australia has resigned from that position as well as her place as member of the CAA Board. Dr Helen Alevaki admitted making “sneaky” visits to a Melbourne…

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…

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…