Category Archives: Education

APHC 2018 Contested Policy: Complementary Medicines and Advertising Reform

Chair: Ken Harvey Speakers: John Skerritt – Overview of MMD recommendations Alanna Rottler – Pre-approval of certain advertisements to cease Jon Wardle – Permitted indications to replace ARTG ‘free text’ Alanna Rottler – A new listing pathway (and an optional … Continue reading

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TGA Submissions: Draft Therapeutic Goods Advertising Code and Complaint Handling

Draft Therapeutic Goods Advertising Code Submission Our submission noted that many previous Code recommendations made by civil society had been ignored. For example: Submissions from consumer and health professional organisations wanting advisory statements on all products with “traditional indications” to … Continue reading

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Choice takes campaign to disallow the Permissible Indications Determination to Canberra

Katinka Day, Choice Campaigns and Policy Team Lead, delivers mock-ups of shonky products allowed by the TGA’s permissible indications determination to Senators, see: https://campaigns.choice.com.au/tga-fact-over-fiction/ https://ajp.com.au/news/choice-calls-out-supplement-claims/ http://www.medreach.com.au/?p=2594 by

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Campaign to disallow the Therapeutic Goods (Permissible Indications) Determination No.1 of 2018

The Therapeutic Goods (Permissible Indications) Determination No.1 of 2018 is currently on the Senate Disallowable Instruments List until 25 June 2018. Friends of Science in Medicine (FSM) have joined Choice (the Australian Consumers’ Association) and other civil society organisations to petition … Continue reading

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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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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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U3A Melbourne City Short Course – Complementary Medicine: Exploring the Issues

Healthy growth, healthy people? The value of sales of Australian complementary medicines (CM) has doubled from $2.3 billion to $4.7 billion in just over three years. This corresponds to a Compound Annual Growth Rate of 26.9% compared to the 1.7% … Continue reading

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Concerns about the Exposure Draft of Therapeutic Goods Amendment (2017 Measures No. 1) Bill 2017

See the paper: “Concerns about the Exposure Draft of Therapeutic Goods Amendment (2017 Measures No. 1) Bill 2017” See also submissions to TGA Consultations on “regulatory reform”     by

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Seminar Program, Papers and Presentations: The Advertising of Therapeutic Goods and Services (and its regulation)

Seminar program Papers Ken Harvey. Seminar Background Paper Sitesh Bhojani and Jodie Valadon. The multi-regulator model for Australian Consumer Law: effective or useless? Paul Lacaze & Jane Tiller. Online Direct-To-Consumer Genetic Testing in Australia: Concerns, Regulation and Recommendations Presentations delivered … Continue reading

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