The Society for Science Based Healthcare is an incorporated society, our membership consists of experts and activists. These are our committee members and some of our most active members.
Mark Hanna is a consumer advocate and science communicator based in Auckland. He writes about healthcare regulation in New Zealand and other topics on his blog, Honest Universe. Mark won the New Zealand Skeptics’ Skeptic of the Year award in 2014 for “tirelessly battling pseudoscience via the ASA, MedSafe and many other means, and for creating the Society for Science Based Healthcare”.
Mark Honeychurch is a Wellington based skeptic and consumer advocate. He is the Chair of the NZ Skeptics, Treasurer of Making Sense of Fluoride and Vice President of the NZ Humanist Society. Mark started the Wellington based Skeptical Activism group in 2013 (part of Skeptics in the Pub), and can also be heard on the Skepticism Today podcast.
Lisa Taylor is from Wellington. She works as an ESOL teacher. She spends her free time working on Skeptical Activism, and is the Outreach Officer for the New Zealand Skeptics. She is the Secretary for Making Sense of Fluoride. She is also the current Journal Editor for the New Zealand Skeptics. Outside of these areas she has an interest in theatrics and acting.
Daniel Ryan is from Wellington and works as a developer lead at CricHQ. He is both the founder of Making Sense of Fluoride and a member of the Skeptics Society committee, and spends his free time carrying out skeptical activism.
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Rob Seddon-Smith is based in Christchurch where he is the Clinical Director of two community medical centres. He believes that the choice to use therapeutic products, whether prescribed by a doctor or bought over the counter, should be informed by science and not by hearsay, anecdote or endorsement. Patients have the right to a full discussion of the risks of medication as well as the benefits and to be advised of the evidence upon which recommendation depends. Rob publishes articles on medical matters on his practice websites for Hei Hei Health Centre and Sumner Health Centre.
Medical Advisor – Dentistry
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Sarah is a general dentist who practises in Tauranga. She is actively working with the New Zealand Dental Association to improve access to dental care for low income adults in the Bay of Plenty and is a staunch supporter of water fluoridation.
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Richard is a retired anaesthetist who emigrated to New Zealand in 1987. While working in North Wales he developed a keen interest in ITU (Intensive Care) and programming computers in medicine. He developed an ITU database and championed the idea of being able to run a form of prospective trial on retrospective data, which has subsequently seen use in the profession. Now that he has retired he is pursuing his interests in viticulture, olives, and scepticism.
Medical Advisor – Audiology
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Jonathan is a clinical audiologist with over 15 years experience. He has worked in public hospitals, private clinics and spent 8 years as the Clinical Coordinator for the Master of Audiology programme at the University of Canterbury. He is an expert in paediatric diagnostics and adult diagnostics and habilitation. He has consulted for the Ministry of Health on a number of topics including implementation of the Universal Newborn Screening and Early Intervention Programme, and served on several boards for the New Zealand Audiological Society. He is a strong advocate of evidence based practice in audiology and the health field in general.
Colleen Morgan is an insurance broker based in Hamilton. An avid user of Facebook, she is an active member of and contributor to several skeptics groups. She also administers two local community-based groups. Colleen attempts to steer members of these community groups towards seeking science-based treatments and information, like seeing their doctor, if they ask for medical advice. Facebook is not the place to seek this kind of advice.