Category Archives: Education

Vitamins are not a substitute for a healthy diet

In response to Victorian Government, Better Health Channel, article, ‘Vitamin and mineral supplements‘. See also the excellent film ‘Vitamania‘. Next, the TGA needs to expand the Heading of Section 25 of the Therapeutic Goods Advertising Code (No.2) 2018 to: ‘Vitamins, … Continue reading

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Monash BME2032 Work Integrated Learning (WIL) students

Monash BME 2032 (Biomedical industry based learning) enables students to apply discipline related knowledge to authentic, real-world situations in non-clinical, industry-focused work environments. It also provides opportunities to establish closer links between future graduates and industry partners. This summer, three … Continue reading

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Lectures in Canberra; ANU & FSANZ

In Canberra from 25th-27th March 2019 staying at University House, a guest of the ANU. Two lectures to ANU BHSc students: Antibiotic Resistance: A Threat to Global Health Health Activism: A Case Study of Health Action International Asia Pacific One … Continue reading

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Forthcoming SBS Insight program on Vitamins and Supplements

I spent 3 hours with a very pro-supplement audience, being filmed by SBS last night (6/02/2019) . I was surprised by the number of ‘true believers’. I give talks on complementary medicines to U3A classes but I have never found … Continue reading

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TGA’s first comprehensive consumer survey: Results on complementary medicines

During June and July 2018 the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) conducted a survey of Australian adults. It employed a dual sampling methodology: a quota driven population-based sample (Panel) and an Opt-in sample sourced through known TGA contacts, networks and consumer … Continue reading

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A global investigation into medical device harm

The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) latest investigation: The Implant Files. Everything you need to know about, “The Implant Files” Medical Devices Harm Patients Worldwide As Governments Fail On Safety Medtech Giant Pushes Boundaries As Casualties Mount And Sales … Continue reading

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40 Years of Antibiotic Guidelines Anniversary Seminar, 13 November, 2018

Program: 40 Years of Antibiotic Guidelines Anniversary Seminar Event Chair: Dr Liz Marles, Chair, Board of Directors of Therapeutic Guidelines Ltd. Speakers: Fighting Antibiotic Resistance in Melbourne Hospitals  Associate Professor Ken Harvey, School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University Surviving Antibiotic expert … Continue reading

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AHPRA to conduct pilot audit on advertising compliance in early 2019

A pilot audit to check health practitioner compliance with advertising requirements will be conducted by AHPRA in early 2019. https://www.chinesemedicineboard.gov.au/News/Newsletters/October-2018.aspx The pilot audit has been modelled on the well established approach to auditing compliance with core registration standards and involves … Continue reading

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APHC 2018 Contested Policy: Complementary Medicines and Advertising Reform

Abstract: PHAA Workshop – Complementary medicine 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 … 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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