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:
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.
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.
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
Some Tips for Pokemon Go Players: If you are using your mobile to play a game such as Pokemon Go - don't forget to play safely. It may be an augmented reality game but the outside world is still real and the laws of physics will still apply: Keep your eyes open and watch where you're going (your phone will buzz, you don't need to be looking at the screen to catch one!) Stop to catch one - don't keep walking or you may walk into something (like a tree!) Be aware of your surroundings - don't get so caught up in the game that you get lost or end up in a place that isn't safe Don't forget to take care of all the usual human stuff - like eating, drinking, staying warm/cool and don't forget the sunscreen. Finally - remember to watch your data usage - so you don't end up with bill shock.
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.
At the start of the year more than 70 schools and 36,000 students joined MobileMuster and the Roots & Shoots school program to learn about mobile phone recycling and raise awareness of the work that Jane Goodall Institute does to help protect great ape habitats in Africa. As well as raising awareness and educating the next generation about sustainability, the participating schools collected more than 100 kilograms of mobile phones for recycling. Leichhardt Public School in Sydney was the official top collector of the campaign and managed to collect over 16kg of mobile phones and accessories. The school students and teachers were very excited to receive their recycling certificate and learn about how their contribution made a difference. Based on MobileMuster’s recycling calculator the mobiles collected during the campaign enabled MobileMuster to recover 54 kilograms of plastic, 4 grams of gold, 25 grams of silver and 11 kilograms of copper.
The latest cutting-edge research which uses in car cameras on real-world drivers has found the key to significantly improve safety is for drivers to keep their eyes on the road and avoid visually taxing tasks that take their concentration off the forward roadway. The single most effective action drivers can take to reduce risks is to put their mobile phone in a cradle. They can also use Bluetooth or hands-free technology, single-button dialling or voice-activated calling so they can keep their eyes on the road ahead. Top tips for safe driving: Never Text it s very dangerous and illegal: Texting drivers take their eyes off the road for 4.6 seconds over a 6-second interval. This means that at 60kph a driver is not watching the road for 75 metres or half the length of the MCG! Always keep your eyes on the road: The clear lesson from the latest research is that keeping your eyes on the road is critical in reducing driving risks from mobile phone use.
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.
Doctors have used information from a Fitbit device to shock a man's heart back into rhythm in the first known case of using a fitness tracker for a medical procedure. Engadget reports that such devices have become useful to doctors in tracking cardiovascular health.
The Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association (AMTA) on behalf of Telstra, Optus and Vodafone provides consumers with a free service to check if a handset has been reported lost or stolen and blocked across all networks. AMTA s Lost and Stolen program is free to consumers but not businesses. It protects consumers from facing big bills run-up by thieves and sends a strong signal to thieves that stolen handsets will be blocked across all networks, making them inoperable in Australia. This is done by blocking a handset s unique 15-digit serial number, the International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI). IMEI blocking is reversible and your mobile can be unblocked if you find it or it is returned. For tips on lost and stolen mobiles and security advice: www.lost.amta.org.
The mobile telecommunications industry's Lost and Stolen program has sent a strong message to thieves over the past 12 years with a 30 per cent fall in the number of blocks of handsets reported lost or stolen. The program has proved to be a strong deterrence to theft of mobiles. In its first full year of the program s operation in 2003-04 there were 170,000 net blocks. For the corresponding period last year there were 119,898 blocks a 29.5 per cent fall. This is against the background of the number of mobile services in operation rising sharply from 16 million in 2003-04 to more than 31 million over 12 years. The mobile device security program, which works by blocking the devices unique 15-digit serial number, is provided free to consumers. Handsets are blocked across all networks in Australia and a mobile phone cannot be used to make or receive calls or send or receive text messages on any networks.
Consumers of telecommunications services are reaping the benefits of competition via increased data allowances, new services and lower prices, says the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC). In its annual report for 2014-15, it says that consumer demand for data on mobile networks grew by 35 per cent to 110,000 TB. The increased demand for data is largely due to the popularity of audio-visual streaming services, including the introduction of subscription video on demand services such as Netflix, Presto and Stan, says ACCC Chairman Rod Sims. Service providers have responded by increasing data allowances. During 2014-15, data allowances for post-paid mobile services more than doubled. At the same time, overall prices fell by 0.5 per cent in real terms in 2014-15.
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.