Category Archives: Education

TGA Complaint Handling – Our submission

There was considerable support for the concept of single body taking over the existing Therapeutic Goods Advertising Complaint System to provide a single, more efficient, complaint body, with powers to apply timely and meaningful sanctions for regulatory violations. The Government then … 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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Monash University SPHPM “Whack-a-mole” project 2017

Overview: The aim is to provide students with practical experience of the role of regulators in protecting the public from false and misleading therapeutic claims by product sponsors and health practitioners. Why “Whack-a-mole”: Because, given deficiencies in the current regulatory system, … Continue reading

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