Obesity and Endocrinology Congress deemed illegitimate by peak bodies
Fourie told Fairfax Media she paid $1000 to attend the Obesity and Endocrinology Congress in St Kilda, plus $1500 on flights, only to be left disappointed.
Researchers and health practitioners from Australia and overseas travelled to Melbourne for the two-day conference, organised by ConferenceSeries.
According to Fourie, the research presented at the conference was not properly analysed and nearly half of the speakers were absent, resulting in long gaps, some hours long.
“I think this was a scam to get me here to pay the money,” she told Fairfax.
The Australian and New Zealand Obesity Society has labelled the conference as illegitimate, with vice president Jane Martin telling Fairfax she was concerned the event was spreading unreliable science.