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Re: Universal medicine
Posted by: HerbertKane178 ()
Date: November 02, 2018 09:48AM

Taxpayer funds for cult DVD on autismy

Tanya Curtis created a DVD saying children could see spirits from past lives.

EXCLUSIVE

By RICK MORTON,
SOCIAL AFFAIRS WRITER

NOVEMBER 2, 2018

An instructor in a “socially harmful cult” sold taxpayer-funded DVDs to parents that said autistic children could see spirits and illnesses from past lives, with the permission of the federal Department of Social Services, which was warned more than four years ago that the material was dangerous.
The Australian has obtained copies of emails sent in August 2014 to the department about Tanya Curtis and her Gold Coast-based “behaviour specialist” organisati­on Fabic, which is an approved provider receiving taxpayer subsidies under the federal government’s Helping Children with Autism package.
Fabic is registered as a provid­er under the $22 billion National Disability Insurance Scheme and The Australian revealed yesterday that Ms Curtis posted a video defending Universal Medicine leader Serge Benhayon a day after a Supreme Court of NSW jury found he had an “indecent interes­t in young girls as young as 10” and pushed quack therapies such as “esoteric breast massage”, despite knowing these could be harmful to people.

Ms Curtis previously told The Australian she was a professional who gets “results with behaviour change in cases where other attemp­ts have failed”.
The department had a complaint in June 2014 about a DVD created by Fabic, An Introduction to Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorder, which it promoted as being endorsed by the federal government. Not only did the department dismiss the concerns but it reiterated that the video could be helpful to parents of HCWA clients, “and therefore the department considers the DVD to be in scope with the funding”.

“The content of the DVD … warns that children with this disorder are susceptible to the influence of ‘energies’,” DSS manager Kathy Baumgarten wrote in her summary of the complaint. “It provides an example of a child becoming distressed at a site where loss of life occurred in the past, and of a child apparently ‘seeing’ illness. You also gave a list of examples from the DVD suggesting the examples are more in line with the viewpoint of Serge Behayon (sic) and Universal Medicine, all of which are not evidence based.”

Universal Medicine leader Benhayon promotes a diet of foods with only good “vibra­tional” energies. The Sunday Telegraph reported in June that there had been several hospitalisations at Lismore Base Hospital due to severe diet issues, including a baby that had carbohydrates remove­d from its diet. The newspaper revealed that the parents of the child were members of the Universal Medicine cult.

The Department of Social Services decided there were no issues with the DVD’s dietary message because Fabic only “highlights certain foods may impact on their child’s behaviour”.

A spokeswoman for the departme­nt did not respond to detailed questions about the complai­nt. “The Early Intervention Service Provider Panel consists of providers who are eligible to deliver services under the Helping Children with Autism program,” she said. “The decision to use a specific provider rests with the HCWA participant.”



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Re: Universal medicine
Posted by: HerbertKane178 ()
Date: November 02, 2018 11:55AM

The above article was taken from The Australian newspaper.

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Re: Universal medicine
Posted by: HerbertKane178 ()
Date: November 22, 2018 06:16AM

NSW child protection agency advocated 'harmful cult' activities in girls' care plans
Exclusive by Josh Robertson

The New South Wales child protection agency has directed that children in its care maintain their connection with a group that a Supreme Court jury has branded a "socially harmful cult".

Key points:

Child protection plans in Lismore set down links with "cult" group, Universal Medicine
Lismore FACS office acting manager Karoline Pearson has publicly promoted UM
FACS directive to staff banned referrals to group after ABC's inquiries
An ABC investigation of links between Universal Medicine (UM) and the Family and Community Services (FACS) office at Lismore in far northern NSW has prompted the department to refer the matter to the Office of the Children's Guardian.

It also issued an internal ban on referring children to the controversial occult healing group following queries by the ABC, according to a departmental source who said children in care had previously been sent for treatment by UM-aligned health practitioners.

The ABC has obtained FACS documents from 2016 endorsing the role of UM teachings and events in the lives of two girls overseen by the Lismore office, where several UM followers have worked.

One child protection case worker, Karoline Pearson, who is now an acting manager in the Lismore office, appears in a UM music video and has publicly promoted the group and its founder, Serge Benhayon.

The FACS care plans for the two girls, who cannot be legally identified, endorsed their involvement in the UM-affiliated Girl to Woman Festival.

Ballina Shire councillors had been set to consider banning the festival, held in January at Lennox Heads, on "child protection" grounds.

But on Wednesday, organisers pre-empted that move by axing the event.

It follows damning jury findings against Mr Benhayon in a defamation case in the NSW Supreme Court last month.

The jury found Mr Benhayon "has an indecent interest in young girls as young as 10, whom he causes to stay at his house unaccompanied" and that he "is guilty of inappropriate behaviour with children".

The jury also declared Mr Benhayon "is not a fit person to hold a Working with Children Certificate".

It also found he had "exploited children by having them vouch for Universal Medicine's dishonest healing practices" and "persuaded followers to shun loved ones who won't join his cult".

Former Lismore mayor Jenny Dowell said six people in recent months had separately raised concerns with her "about the FACS office here in Lismore and apparent links [to UM], whether it's in staffing or in plans for families".

Ms Dowell, who has an Order of Australia, told the ABC it was "a deep concern for all of us and I would hope that it's a deep concern to the [NSW] Government".

"A government agency needs to be ultra-vigilant and ultra-careful about making sure that their staff are not promoting something that has been shown to be a cult," she said.
"FACS is dealing with vulnerable families and n… I would hope those practices, if they exist, are examined and eliminated."

The Ballina Council motion would allow it to refuse access to its facilities where it believes there is a "potential for child abuse".

It calls specifically for suspending access by Universal Medicine, which holds the Girl To Woman festival at Lennox Heads each January.

Ballina councillor Keith Williams told the ABC he had wanted to stop the festival because of the jury findings.

"They detailed a range of concerns relating to children, inappropriate behaviour relating to children, and that's really not something that we want Ballina Council to be associated with," he said.

"I find it appalling that … state agencies would actually be requiring Universal Medicine to be involved in the care of young people."

Girls' care plans specified ongoing UM involvement

The FACS documents regarding the two girls in "statutory OOHC [out of home care]" were care plans dated May 2016.

Under the headings "personal identity/culture" and "current needs", they stated that that each girl "needs to be supported to maintain her connection with the teachings of Universal Medicine".

Under a heading of personal identity objectives for both girls, it stated "[she] will maintain her connection with Universal Medicine".

The plan for the younger girl stated that FACS was responsible for two tasks to achieve this: "[she] will listen to her music and meditations" and "participate in Universal Medicine activities as deemed suitable and approved by Community Services".

"There is a Girl to Woman Festival held in January. There are also groups through the year called 'Kids in Connection'," the plan said.
The older girl's plan stated that it was her carers' responsibility that she would have "internet access to access readings and meditations from the universal medicine website".

It also stated that she "will participate in Universal Medicine activities as deemed suitable and approved by Community Services", referring to the Girl To Woman Festival and Kids in Connection.

The plan assigned responsibility for this to the girl's carers, FACS and a contracted care provider.

A departmental source speaking to the ABC on condition of anonymity said the Lismore office had previously referred children in care to UM-aligned health professionals, including a former NSW Health psychologist.

The ABC was unable to contact the former psychologist.

A day after the ABC put questions to both the department and Family and Community Services Minister Pru Goward, a FACS director issued a directive to staff that "no child be referred to Universal Medicine", the source said.

A post on a UM webpage said a colleague of Ms Pearson told her "some of the practitioners from Universal Medicine have attended staff meetings [and] provided very good workshop sessions on relaxation".

The post was removed after the ABC flagged it with Ms Goward's office and the department.

The source said there had been attempts to recruit other FACS staff in Lismore to join Universal Medicine.

Ms Goward declined to comment.

A spokeswoman for the department said the children in the care plans currently "have no involvement with Universal Medicine".

"FACS takes all allegations of abuse and harm against children and young people extremely seriously," the spokeswoman said.
"The information in the Supreme Court judgement is known to FACS and staff are taking appropriate action to ensure it has no impact on children known to FACS.

"FACS has referred the matter to the Office of the Children's Guardian."

The ABC's attempts to seek comment from Mr Benhayon and Ms Pearson were unsuccessful.

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Re: Universal medicine
Posted by: antifruit ()
Date: November 27, 2018 08:19PM

The silent infiltration of schools, social, health and youth services has been going on for a the while and has been a main focus of UM. For all those who aren't quite sure how UM apparatus works: members/students can "volunteer" to join so-called "spheres" where they are then tasked with actively promoting UM modalities such as esoteric yoga to the wider public. There is also one sphere where people have to write a minimum of 5 facebook comments each day and send a tally to Simone Benhayon at the end of each month. This particular sphere is called the "expression program" and everyone gets duly put down at the end of the month by the daughter of the grand master for not putting in enough effort. All, of course, "with love".

The infiltration program has its own sphere called "addressable communities". Here, members are instructed on how to infiltrate organisations through the back door, how to recruit new members, and how to latch onto legit campaigns (online bullying, breast cancer care etc) without declaring the link to UM.

To quote from the addressable communities meeting notes on a concerted effort to infiltrate public bodies:

- strategize how we can connect with 'finesse' to Addressable Communities
- create ways how to present UML [Unimed Living] to other sites and bodies
- professional and ever so polished to present a Way [of the Livingness] they cannot resist
- preparation and research to take out the correct message in the right format
collecting and correlating data into a database


Note that the emphasis is always on NOT declaring the link to UM or what UM represents. Instead, members are basically instructed to present the cult's teachings in a way that disguises the 'crazy' and presents with 'finesse' (i.e. lies).

The main targets are schools (through volunteering), health services (through joining initiatives and offering 'staff self-care' courses), elderly care (volunteering - this is particularly sinister as the aim is to extract donations and monetary gifts....the UM initiative "ageing esoterically" springs to mind), and particularly wellness (yoga classes, mindfulness, mediation etc).

It is our duty, I feel, to inform the relevant organsations, wherever UM offers one of their recruitment services through one of their students. I have nothing against students teaching 'esoteric yoga' BUT it is up to the organisers (often these are unwitting yoga/pilates studios or adult learning organisations) to decide whether they want to offer a course run by someone who is not properly accredited or trained and uses the course to recruit new cult members.

It's up to the public to be vigilant and proactive. Esther can't do it all on her own.

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Re: Universal medicine
Posted by: HerbertKane178 ()
Date: November 29, 2018 02:41PM

It’s good to see some of the infiltration of UM being rolled back. Yesterday the NSW Minister for Health halted all contact between NSW Health and UM. And UM members have been kicked out of a local sexual health conference. Let’s hope other bodies follow the example of NSW Health. Below from The Australian Newspaper:

Cult’ members told by minister to leave sexual health conference

EXCLUSIVE
By Rick Morton
SOCIAL AFFAIRS WRITER

11:00PM NOVEMBER 28, 2018

Members of a “socially harmful cult” – including a youth officer who once ran the organisation’s propaganda arm – have been kicked out of a ­sexual health conference aimed at teenagers.

NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard issued the directive yesterday after questions were put to his office about the involvement in the Coffs Harbour conference of people linked to Universal Medicine, a “healing” group that was found to be a cult by a NSW Supreme Court jury last month.

Its founder and leader, Serge Benhayon, was also found by the jury to have an “indecent interest in girls as young as 10”.

The Positive Adolescent Sexual Health program is backed by the NSW Department of Health. Its conference co-ordinator is Sarah Broome (nee Davis), who used to run “Real Media Real Change” as a way to combat media articles about the influence of Universal Medicine. One of the community members of the PASH consortium is an organisation called Living Medicine, which is headed by Marcia Owen, an “esoteric yoga” practitioner whose work is, in her own words, based on the “teachings” of Benhayon. Ms Owen confirmed the relationship when called by The Australian yesterday but said “that’s none of your business” when asked about any ongoing membership of Universal Medicine:

“I find your stories are biased based on what has come out about Universal Medicine,” Ms Owen said.

Northern NSW Local Health District chief executive Wayne Jones said the PASH program was based on evidence and fulfilled a need in the community, but members of Universal Medicine would be removed. The conference is due to be held again today in Byron Bay. Mr Jones said no young people had been referred for “treatment” at Universal Medicine. Ms Broome did not respond to a request for comment.

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Posted by: corboy ()
Date: November 29, 2018 10:16PM

This is a valuable addition to the CEI archived information about Serge Benhayon and Universal Medicine.

Any time readers find news articles of this kind, please feel free to submit their titles and URLs to the Cult News feature of the CEI (Cult Education Insitute) website.

The Cult News feature can be accessed via the homepage of CEI.com. You will see the Cult News link at the lower right hand corner of the hompage.

Submitting an article is free. Register for a user account at Cult News and you are good to go.

If your item does not fit in any of the catagories listed in the drop down menu,
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Re: Universal medicine
Posted by: HerbertKane178 ()
Date: November 30, 2018 12:27PM

I’m sure Lennox Head Community Centre is absolutely gutted that UM has cancelled all it’s bookings! Probably a rare wise decision on their part to cancel before they’re kicked out:

Echonet Daily
November 30, 2018 | by Aslan Shand

Universal Medicine cancels all event bookings
Universal Medicine (UM) cancelled all its future bookings at the Lennox Head Community Centre, citing ‘disgraceful and utterly disrespectful treatment shown towards us by the Ballina Shire Council.’ Bookings cancelled included the Girl to Women Festival that was scheduled for early 2019.

The cancellation came ahead of a motion by councillors Keith Williams and Nathan Willis giving Council the power to refuse bookings at Council facilities ‘where the Council believed that provision of the service would pose a potential for child abuse.’

The controversy follows the result of a defamation case that the UM leader and founder, Serge Benhayon, ran against local critic Esther Rocket that resulted in UM being identified as a ‘socially harmful cult’ in the Supreme Court. The jury also found it was ‘substantially true’ that UM leader Serge Benhayon ‘has an indecent interest in young girls as young as 10 whom he causes to stay at his house unaccompanied’, preys on cancer patients and ‘is a charlatan who makes fraudulent medical claims’.

A UM spokesperson wrote to Ballina council saying that they were withdrawing their bookings ‘due to the farce that is currently occurring in the Ballina Council towards Universal Medicine.

‘The recent disgraceful and utterly disrespectful treatment shown towards us by the Ballina Shire Council and the disregard of our confirmed bookings (that have been in the system for well over 12 months) is simply unacceptable… In order to best serve our clients and offer the level of reassurance they deserve, we must move in light of the fact that fabricated reasons prevent us from hiring any facility that is in the control of the Ballina Council.’

Rebecca Asquith opposed the motion on behalf of the Girls to Women Festival saying that it ‘sets a precedent that bigotry and discrimination of others differences as an acceptable community standard. We reject this motion as being against the core ethos of our festival.’

Ms Asquith highlighted that the Girls to Women Festival had received no complaints of misconduct or harm during its four years of operation.

Amendment

An amendment put forward by councillor Phillip Meehan to remove the point referring councils right to refuse hire to an organisation if it ‘believes’ there is potential for child abuse was based on his belief that it left the door open for ‘moralistic’ judgements.

‘Because of connections to a court case involving a defamation… I understand there are some concerns based on some of the statements that came out of that case, but I can’t convert that to a moralistic judgemental approach to any organisation,’ said councillor Phillip Meehan.

Cr Meehan indicated that working with children checks (WWCC) were adequate to ensure that people utilising council resources for events involving children were safe to work with children.

Councillor Jeff Johnson questioned how the motion would be carried out asking ‘where does this start and stop? We currently have a royal commission into institutional child abuse going on with significant findings against religious organisations. So does this now mean that volunteers and associates of religious groups who hire our facilities will then be tarred with the same brush because that organisation has other members who have been found guilty?’

Speaking in support of the original motion Councillor Williams highlighted that the council needed to make sure children are protected as much as possible.

‘This is about a Supreme Court finding about a group that is socially active our community that is a socially harmful cult… To suggest that the only way to protect our community is to rely on WWCC checks is, I think, a very limited view of the world.

‘The motion that was originally moved was entirely written by councils lawyers and was based on what was the clearest pathway forward to provide direction to staff on how it should act in instances like this.’

The amendment was lost and the original motion was carried with Cr David Wright, Cr Stephen McCarthy, Cr Nathan Willis, Cr Keith Williams and Cr Sharon Cadwallader voting in favour, Cr Phillip Meehan, Cr Jeff Johnson and Cr Eoin Johnston against.

Labor calls for UM inquiry

Federal Labor Candidate for Page Patrick Deegan and NSW Labor Candidate for Lismore Janelle Saffin today said an inquiry was warranted following recent revelations in the media, and the finding of a jury that Universal Medicine could truthfully be described as a ‘socially harmful cult’.

Deegan and Saffin said an inquiry should ensure that no state or federal governments direct resources towards any organisation that could be regarded as a ‘cult’, and that government departments and agencies do not endorse, encourage or support the involvement of children and young people in any such organisation.

‘It has taken the courage of whistle-blowers and the determination of journalists to expose the predatory practices of Universal Medicine,’ said Ms Saffin

‘The media revelations have caused a significant amount of stress and anxiety in our community.

‘An Inquiry would be opportunity to clear the air and to restore faith in our local institutions.’

[www.echo.net.au]

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Re: Universal medicine
Posted by: HerbertKane178 ()
Date: December 06, 2018 07:38AM

Final day in court for the Benhayon v Rockett defamation trial. Here’s hoping for further good news, and the success of the defence motion reported in The Northern Star Newspaper to allow evidence submitted by Benhayon to be used for other actions:

Spiritual leader's court evidence could be used against UM

by LIANA TURNER, The Northern Star

5th Dec 2018 11:33 AM | Updated: 12:00 PM


A COURT will be asked to determine whether documents produced as part of an unsuccessful defamation case could be used to garner potential legislative action against Universal Medicine.

A final hearing in the defamation case brought against Byron Bay blogger Esther Rocket by Universal Medicine founder Serge Benhayon will take place this week.

Mr Benhayon, a former bankrupt tennis coach who founded UM, a Goonellabah-based "complementary medicine" business in the late 1990s, began civil defamation action against former client and blogger Esther Rockett in 2015.

After a lengthy trial, a four-person jury found Mr Benhayon to be "the leader of a socially harmful cult" on October 15.

The jury found most of Ms Rockett's defamatory imputations to be "substantially true".

In a statement, Sydney-based O'Brien Criminal and Civil Solicitors - who are representing Ms Rockett - said as part of the hearing, Ms Rockett would seek to use documents used in the court case.

"Ms Rockett ... seeks orders for leave to use some documents that were produced by Mr Benhayon for the purposes of the case to make notifications to regulatory authorities, and to seek legislative action to protect the public from socially harmful organisations like Universal Medicine," the statement said.

Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt has told The Northern Star he would write to the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency regarding concerns about a UM-linked practitioner.

"Health professionals need to be appropriately qualified and practice with the highest ethical standards," Mr Hunt said.

Mr Hunt said he was "concerned" about allegations about the practitioner and would ask AHPRA to "look at the allegations closely and report back to him".

Friends of Science in Medicine president and UNSW Emeritus Professor John Dwyer previously confirmed FSM planned to lodge a complaint against UM with the NSW Health Care Complaints Commission.

Ms Rockett is also seeking indemnity costs "based on Mr Benhayon's conduct of the proceedings", the statement from her lawyers said.

The court is also yet to decide on legal issues relating to some of Ms Rockett's defences.

The statement said Ms Rockett has thanked her legal team, Tom Molomby SC, Louise Goodchild, and O'Brien Criminal & Civil, who agreed to represent her on a no win, no fee basis.

"Esther's victory was made possible by her indefatigable pursuit of justice," the statement said.

In the proceedings, Mr Benhayon claimed his reputation was damaged by 20 online publications posted by Ms Rockett between November 2014 and August 2016.

This included a blog article, two comments on that blog and 17 tweets.

Ms Rockett pleaded defences of truth, contextual truth, honest opinion and qualified privilege.

Her lawyers said the jury's verdict was a "very significant win on the defence of truth".

The jury had found 39 of 44 defamatory publications were made out, and that 33 of these were true.

Mr Benhayon and his legal team have been approached for comment.

The matter will go before Sydney's Downing Centre Supreme Court tomorrow.

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