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Simon Chapman - Publications and pre-prints
New: Simon Chapman is NOT funded by the wind industry. Declaration here.
What is the quality of papers on wind farms published in the Bulletin of Science, Technology and Society? Two critiques.
NEW: How far away can people be affected by turbines?
NEW: A critique of Shepherd,D et al. Evaluating the impact of wind turbine noise on health--‐related Quality of life. Noise & Health 2011; 13:(54)333‐9.
NEW: a symptom menu distributed by anti wind farm groups in Victoria, 2009
WHO report (1999) on Community Noise
The birth of a factoid " ABC The Drum Jun 4 2013 See research paper here: Chapman S, St George A. How the factoid of wind turbines causing “vibroacoustic disease” came to be “irrefutably demonstrated”. Aust NZJ Public Health 2013
Chapman S. Wind turbine syndrome: mass hysteria in the 21st century? Climate Spectator June 6 2012
The independent Institute of Pubic Affairs (Melbourne) explains that it doesn't often take positions different to those of its funders because otherwise "they would stop funding us"
Transcript of talk given by Sarah Laurie, Mortlake Victoria 2012
Critical Appraisal of the Bruce McPherson IFLN Study Report on health effects & wind turbines
List and highlights from 19 reviews on wind turbines and health.
Is there any disease or symptom NOT caused by wind turbines? a list of 223 diseases and symptoms found on anti-wind websites -- please send any additions
Crikey's resident cartoonist "First Dog on the Moon"'s wonderful illustration of 121 of these diseases
A collection of cartoons produced after the 1996 Port Arthur massacre (Tasmania), and the 2012 Newtwon, USA massacre. (6.4mb)
Chapman S, Morrell B, Forsyth R, Kerridge I, Stewart C. Policies and practices of Australian universities on competing interests of academic staff. Med J Aust 2012;196:452-56.
Haynes AS, Derrick GE, Redman S, Hall WD, Gillespie JA, Chapman S, Sturk H. Identifying trustworthy experts: the ways that policymakers find and assess researchers for consultation and collaboration. PLoS One 2012;7(3)
Haynes AS, Derrick GE, Sturk H, Chapman S, Hall WD. From ‘our world’ to the ‘real world’: exploring the behavior of policy influential Australian public health researchers. Soc Sci Med 2011;72:1047-55.
Haynes A, Derrick G, Chapman S, Gillespie J, Redman S, Hall W, Sturk H. Galvanisers, guides, champions and shields: the many ways that policymakers use public health researchers. Milbank Quarterly 2011;89:564-98.
Chapman S, Derrick GE, Haynes AS, Wall WD. Democratising assessment of researchers’ track records: a simple proposal. Med J Aust 2011;195:147-8.
Derrick GD, Haynes AS, Chapman S, Hall WD. The association between four citation metrics and peer-rankings of research influence in six fields of Australian public health. PLoS One 2011; 6(4)
Leask J, Chapman S, Cooper S. "All manner of ills": attribution of serious disease to vaccination. Vaccine 2010;28:3066-70.
Chapman S. What John Howard could teach the US about gun control. Crikey 9 Sept 2008
Chapman S, Hayen A. Declines in Australian suicide: a reanalysis of McPhedran and Baker. Health Policy 2008;88:152-4.
Reviewers comments on above paper:
Reviewer 1: "The reply by Chapman is very accurate. The work of McPhedran and Baker has major statistical errors and recommends actions (in the conclusion) which cannot be drawn from the tested hypotheses in the paper. Also Chapman correctly points to the fallacy of calculating absolute falls in suicide rates rather the relative rate changes since both Firearm suicides and Non-firearm suicides add up to 100%."
Reviewer 2: "I fully agree with Chapman's criticism, and recommend to accept this letter, in order to correct the wrong impression McPhedran and Baker may have given to the reader."
This is a critique of:
McPhedran S, Baker J. Recent Australian suicide trends for males and females at the national level: has the rate of decline differed? Health Policy 2008; (in press)
Chapman S, Alpers P, Agho K, Jones M. Australia's 1996 gun law reforms: faster falls in firearm deaths, firearm suicides, and a decade without mass shootings. Injury Prevention 2006;12:365-372. (4th most downloaded paper in 2007)
Readers interested in this topic should also read a paper by two Australian gun lobbyists which reached different conclusions (and, amazingly,failed to consider the impact of the gun laws on mass shootings -- which was why they were introduced: see Baker J, McPhedran S. Gun laws and sudden death. Did the Australian firearms legislation of 1996 make a difference? British Journal of Criminology 2006; Advance access Oct 18 doi:10.1093/bjc/921084) and also a blistering critique of that paper by economists Christine Neill & Andrew Leigh.
Chapman S, Cornwall J, Righetti J, Sung L. Preventing dog bite in children: a randomised controlled trial of an educational intervention BMJ 2000;320:1512-3.
Chapman S, Morrell S. Barking mad? Another lunatic theory bites the dust. BMJ 2000;321:1561-3.
Chapman S. For debate: the means/ends problem in health promotion. Med J Australia 1988; 149:256 260.