Author Archives: Dr Ken Harvey

About Dr Ken Harvey

Public Health Physician, Medical activitist

Letter in ‘The Australian’ 16/02/2018 – A triple cash burner

The revision of surgical procedures deemed “unnecessary, wasteful and risky” (“Health waste: spinal fusion added to list”, 14/2) is good news for the troubled health budget, but you must ask why this approach is so lamentably piecemeal, especially at the … Continue reading

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Therapeutic Goods Amendment Bill 2017 passed by Senate

This Bill was passed this morning (15/02/2018) by the Senate with the Labor supporting a Government amendment to continue advertising pre-approval (in mainstream media) for 2 years with a review after 18 months. The Government and Labor did not support … Continue reading

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Complementary medicines: The Peoples Choice?

An article in AJP asks, ‘Are complementary medicines conventional medicine’s inferior cousin or a key player in health?‘ The arguments put forward in this article in favor of complementary medicines are: They are frequently purchased by consumers (which fails to … Continue reading

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More Publicity on the Therapeutic Goods Amendment Bill 2017

‘Softens hardness’: TGA under fire for health claim list that critics say endorses pseudoscience New list of permitted advertising lines for complementary medicine products does little to protect consumers ‘The Project’ (09/02/2018)  also had a hilarious segment on TGA traditional indication craziness. … Continue reading

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Government machinations: Therapeutic Goods Amendment Bill 2017

I have reported previously on the Senate inquiry on this Bill and the public forum held to discuss civil society concerns (which TGA staff were instructed not to attend). The report of the Government controlled Senate Committee recommended that the … Continue reading

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ACCC acts on Jacov Vaisman (AMI) and Peter Foster (SensaSlim)

Former Advanced Medical Institute director declared bankrupt For background see: AMI begat MWI begat AMHC… Peter Foster declared bankrupt For background see: SensaSlim banned after medico’s exposure of bogus scientific claims by

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Civil Society Public Forum on Therapeutic Goods Bill: Program, brief report and media coverage

A public forum was held at the Australian National University on 24 January, 2018  to air concerns about the impact on the regulation and advertising of complementary medicines under the Federal Government’s Therapeutic Goods Amendment (2017 Measures No. 1) Bill, … Continue reading

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Civil Society Hearing on Therapeutic Goods Amendment Bill, ANU 24 Jan 2017

The Therapeutics Goods Administration (TGA) has tried to bypass the Senate Committee system on the Therapeutic Goods Amendment (2017 Measures No.1) Bill by arguing that it was non-controversial! Which it certainly is not regarding its provisions for advertising and complementary … Continue reading

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Monash School of Public Health & Preventive Medicine Students: A Tribute

An end of year tribute to the Monash SPHPM students I’ve been engaged with, especially those who worked with me on the Summer Vacation Scholarship Program and those who presented at the Victorian Skeptics meeting on 18 December, 2017.   … Continue reading

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Therapeutic Goods Amendment (2017 Measures No. 1) Bill now sent to Senate

This is a win! The Department of Health, TGA and the Health Minister’s Office have been trying to bypass the Senate Committee system on this Bill arguing that it was non-controversial! Which it is not!         Fortunately, Greens … Continue reading

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