In the WHO's most recent fact sheet the WHO says: "A large number of studies have been performed over the last two decades to assess whether mobile phones pose a potential health risk. To date, no adverse health effects have been established as being caused by mobile phone use". See full article here:
ARPANSA says there is no established scientific evidence that the use of mobile phones causes any health effects
A large number of studies have been performed to investigate whether mobile phones pose a potential health risk. It is the assessment of The Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) and other national and international health authorities, including the World Health Organization (WHO), that there is no established scientific evidence that the use of mobile phones causes any health effects. However the possibility of harm cannot be completely ruled out. See full article here.
ARPANSA's latest literature review reports on new Australian study which finds no increase in brain cancer with mobile phone use
In The Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA's) regular EMR literature survey for May 2016, ARPANSA report on the recent Australian study by Professor Simon Chapman which asks the question "Has the incidence of brain cancer risen in Australia since the introduction of mobile phones 29 years ago?". The paper pubslished in cancer epidermology compared mobile phone ownership with the incidence of brain cancer in Australia. In the study, brain cancer incidence rates from 1982 to 2012 are compared with the number of mobile phone accounts in the Australian population from 1987 to 2012. The study found that although mobile phone use increased from 0% to 94% during the 30 year period brain cancer incidence rates were stable. This finding is consitent with previous studies in the US, UK. New Zealand and Nordic countries. See ARPANSA's commentary here: Full paper may be found here:
The Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) provides a unique opportunity for the public and community to talk directly with our scientists on issues about radiation exposure and protection in Australia This service offers people the opportunity to find answers to science related questions that they have been unable to find using other resources. ARPANSA encourage you to first explore their website to find your answers or to send an enquiry via their online contact form. Their phones are open from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays (Melbourne AEST), except during public holidays. View full article here
Australian researcher speaks in The Conversation and dismisses alarmist claims about health effects from mobile phone use
A new study reported in The Conversation says that there is no increase in brain cancer across 29 years of mobile phone use in Australia. Professor Simon Chapman, Emeritus Professor in Public Health, University of Sydney, dismissed recent claims by US scientist Devra Davis that Australians faced an increase in brain cancer because of the widespread use of mobile telecommunications in the community. Prof Chapman said: We have had mobiles in Australia since 1987. Some 90 per cent of the population use them today and many of these have been used for a lot longer than 20 years. But we are seeing no rise in the incidence of brain cancer against the background rate.
Following the Feb 16 2016 ABC Catalyst program entitled 'Wi-Fried?' AMTA along with many viewers including some of Australia's leading scientists in this field complained about the unbalanced, biased and highly selective nature of the reporting. AMTA submitted a detailed complaint to the ABC documenting many serious concerns with the information presented by the program. The subsequent deliberations of the ABC’s independent Audience and Consumer Affairs have recognised many of AMTA’s concerns in reaching the following judgement: On 16 February 2016, Catalyst aired 'Wi-Fried?', a program about the safety of wireless devices such as mobile phones. The ABC's independent Audience & Consumer Affairs (A&CA) unit investigated complaints about the program and found that it breached the ABC's impartiality standards by unduly favouring the unorthodox perspective that wireless devices and Wi-Fi pose significant health risks.
It can be really convenient and easy to use your smartphone to make online purchases. And in some cases, you can also purchase content services (music, games, apps, ringtones, wallpapers, competitions, chat services and other subscriptions) from a third party and have the purchase billed directly to your mobile account or deducted from your prepaid credit. Having a charge for content added to your mobile bill is often referred to as “direct carrier billing”. Similarly, subscribing to a premium 19 SMS service can also lead to charges being added to your bill or deducted from your prepaid account balance and you may not realise how much you are spending until you get your mobile bill or run out of credit. While some of these services can be fun (or even useful!) and it can be really convenient to make use of direct carrier billing for content services, it’s always important to stay on top of how much you are spending and to understand how you will be billed.
This week is Hearing Awareness Week which is an annual initiative by the National Relay Service to raise awareness of the needs of Australians who are deaf or hearing impaired. Mobile phones and the capability to use text messaging, instant messaging apps, video call apps (such as FaceTime), email and social media have enabled many deaf or hearing impaired people to communicate more easily and independently than ever before. And businesses that provide alternate contact methods for customers such as email, text or social media are also important in ensuring accessibility for everyone. However, the National Relay Service provides a vital safety net service for deaf and hearing/speech impaired people so that they can communicate by phone using various relay methods including internet relay and SMS relay for mobile users.
Mobile technology touches on almost all aspects of our lives today. In the recent Mobile Nation report, Deloitte Access Economics predicts: “…that the next major phase of mobile developments is anticipated to launch the capabilities of our mobile devices to significantly greater and previously unimagined heights.” 5G – the next generation of mobile technology – promises to completely transform our lives by revolutionising transportation, health, agriculture, education and other sectors of industry. While the impact on daily life and work will be revolutionary, the technological changes will be more of an evolution, as 5G will build on 4G technology and networks. 5G will make networks faster and more responsive and the Internet of Things promises to connect everything – from cars and household appliances to livestock and crops in the field. The benefits for health, education, agriculture and transport logistics will be significant.
Older Australians are increasingly embracing digital life according to the latest ACMA research. The ACMA’s - “Digital lives of older Australians”- research snapshot looks at online engagement for Australians aged over 65 and the findings may be surprising for some. The results showed that older Australians are increasingly going online and accessing the internet at a higher rate than their peers in the USA and UK. Key findings of the research: 71% of older Australians went online in the three months to June 2015, with 79% of older Australians accessing the internet at some point in their lives. While older Australians access the internet less frequently than younger people, 85% of them still go online at least once per day and 50% of them access the internet three or more times per day Older Australians overwhelmingly prefer to access the internet from home (98%), however they are keen users of tablets (18%) compared to younger adults (16%).
A coalition of Australian road safety authorities, research institutes, motoring clubs, peak medical bodies, insurance and telecommunications companies has today released the first ever comprehensive national Mobile Phone Use in Vehicles Policy Guide (Guide) to protect workers from unsafe driving conditions. The Guide and Safe Use of Mobiles in Vehicles (SUMV) campaign launched by the National Road Safety Partnership Program (NRSPP), outlines how organisations can manage the risk of smartphone distraction in vehicles by developing and successfully implementing a policy tailored to their business environment and worker needs. Australian businesses are being urged to take advantage of the Guide to ensure their workers are aware of unsafe driving practices and organisations are providing a safe vehicle environment to help minimise risk. See the full press release here
A campaign aimed at changing behaviour around the growing use of mobile phones while driving has been launched in Melbourne. Created by Swinburne University design student Chloë Young and rolled out at Swinburne’s Hawthorn campus, ‘Live the moment’ encourages young drivers to take their eyes off their phones and keep them on the road. The campaign, which includes the livethemoment.info website, attention-grabbing posters and social media channels, asks young people to ‘promise to put my phone away when I’m in the driver’s seat, to let the text wait and the call to go to voicemail and to always enjoy the journey.’ Those who take the pledge and post it to the campaign Facebook or Instagram pages – when they are not driving, obviously – go into a draw to win music festival tickets. See full article here
Although it is the consensus opinion of leading national and international health authorities around the world that there is no scientific evidence that the use of mobile phones causes any health effects, some consumers may still wish to reduce their exposure to radiofrequency fields from their mobile device. Both the World Health Organisation (WHO) and Australia’s Federal health authority in this area, the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA), provide sound science-based information on ways to reduce your exposure. These include using a handsfree accessory or speaker mode, reducing the number or length of calls, and making calls in areas of good reception to allow the device to transmit at reduced power. ARPANSA does not recommend the use of commercial ‘protective’ or ‘neutralising’ devices and the WHO does not consider them to be effective for reducing radiofrequency exposure.
MobileMuster, the only not-for-profit government accredited recycling program in Australia, is proud to announce the winners of their Workplace Recycling Awards. The eight award winners from across Australia were dominated by government organisations highlighting the strong partnerships developed within this sector. Spyro Kalos, Recycling Manager, MobileMuster, said “We partner with a number of government agencies like the Department of Defence and South Australia Police who require a secure and responsible recycling service to support their business operations.” The Government’s accreditation, which MobileMuster acquired in 2014, gives the program a green tick of approval and recognises that MobileMuster adheres to the highest safety and ethical standards when recycling old mobiles and accessories which is important to our workplace partners.
ABC axes The Drum opinion website The ABC will apologise to its viewers and review its science program Catalyst after an independent investigation found a controversial episode on the potential health risks of Wi-Fi that went to air earlier this year breached its editorial standards. The damning finding - which will see reporter Maryanne Demasi suspended from on-air assignments until at least September - comes two years after a similar investigation slammed a Catalyst program questioning the use of cholesterol-reducing medications. As with the earlier program on cholesterol, the Wi-Fi episode will be removed from the internet. Prominent scientists attacked the February program at the time as scare-mongering and unscientific for questioning the links between Wi-Fi and brain tumours. Now an investigation by the ABC's Audience and Consumer Affairs Unit has found it breached the broadcaster's standards.
Telstra 2G Network will shut down in December 2016 Telstra will shut down its 2G mobile network on 1 December 2016. Who will be affected? This will only affect Telstra and Boost Mobile customers using certain older mobile phones and devices. These customers will need to either upgrade or make changes to their devices so that they will still work. Telstra has been contacting affected customers over the last 18 months to provide them with information about the steps they will need to take to upgrade and transition to a 3G/4G service. From 1 December 2016, any device or SIM card accessing the Telstra or Boost 2G (GSM) 900MHz mobile networks will stop working. Emergency calls will also no longer be possible – unless the device is within the coverage area of another carrier supporting 2G calls. In addition, wireless machine-to-machine (M2M) devices that only operate on the 2G network will stop working.
ABC TV s Catalyst aired a number allegations in February about health and safety issues related to mobile telecommunications and Wi-Fi. The program was widely criticised for being unbalanced and failing to present the scientific consensus of expert national and international health agencies on mobile phone safety. AMTA in its latest EME Update has presented the views of the World Health Organization (WHO), the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) and other official agencies, which all continue to find that no adverse health effects have been established as being caused from mobile phone use. AMTA supports the right of people to have their own views on health and safety issues. However, it is important that they have the facts from the weight of science on these issues, allowing them to make informed choices about their use of the technology. EME Update looks at Catalyst s top 10 claims and provides what the independent scientific experts have to say.
The mobile telecommunications industry takes seriously all issues related to health and safety of mobile products and relies on expert advice from national and international health agencies, such as the World Health Organization (WHO). To operate in Australia the mobile telecommunications industry is required to comply with Federal Government safety standards, which are recognised by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA). The safety standards have large safety margins and are designed to protect adults and children. ABC TV s Catalyst program last night canvassed the views of some scientists, who expressed their personal concerns about the health of safety of mobile telecommunications. AMTA supports their right to have their own views. However, the views of these scientists do not accord with those of independent expert health bodies, such as the World Health Organization (WHO).
The Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA), the Australian Government s radiation protection body, has restated its official view that there is no established scientific evidence that use of mobile phones and Wi-Fi devices cause any health effects following ABC TV s Catalyst program this week called Wi-Fried . Independent scientific experts have labelled the Catalyst program on 16 February as scaremongering and pseudoscience after it alleged that there was a growing fear that use of mobile telecommunications devices was linked to brain cancer. The program featured Dr Devra Davis, a United States scientist in the fields of environmental health and disease prevention. She was part of a team that won the Nobel Peace Prize with Al Gore in 2007 for their work on climate change.