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A Guide to Stephanie Messenger

The debacle that is Stephanie Messenger's Terror Australis Tour raised many questions as to how Messenger is operating her numerous health-related projects.

Over the years Messenger has been involved in projects that were managed by multiple people. It appears now that Messenger is solely responsible for them - using the names interchangeably, different bank accounts and with no other persons (except her husband) appearing to be involved.

The names Messenger uses include:

  • GanKinMan Foundation
  • Nature Matters
  • Nature Matters | VAIS Vaccination Awareness & Information Service
  • VAIS
  • Vaccination Awareness
  • Vaccination Awareness & Information Service
  • Healthy Naturally
  • Healthy Lifestyles Naturally
  • HLN
  • HLN/VAIS
  • Get Rid of SIDS Project
  • Church of Conscious Living
  • Don't Bully Billy
How Messenger uses these different names quickly becomes rather confusing.

I highly recommend you head on over to Reasonablehank's blog to read his take on it all The Church of Conscious Living - another Stephanie Messenger Anti-vaccine Enterprise .

Stephanie Messenger

Stephanie Messenger is just a trading name used by Stephanie F Bailey .

The website http://stephaniemessenger.com/ is used by Messenger to sell her books (also refer 'Nature Matters').

Stephanie Messenger - author (LinkedIn profile)
Stephanie Messenger - Healthy Lifestyles...Naturally (LinkedIn profile)
Stephanie Messenger - Vaccination Awareness and Information Service (LinkedIn profile)

2009

2009 HLN/VAIS [group]


Excerpt from HLN/VAIS membership form (2009)

'Healthy Lifestyles Naturally' (HLN) and 'Vaccination Awareness and Information Service' (VAIS) was formed in 1993. It operated as a single entity under the banner 'HLN/VAIS' but the groups were still often referred to separately. HLN was advertised as a non-profit, volunteer organisation. An annual fee of $25 was for membership to both groups, HLN/VAIS.

ASIC records show that Healthy Lifestyles Naturally Association Inc. and Vaccination Awareness and Information Service Group Inc. were once registered associations in Queensland but were both deregistered on 8 March 2000.

HLN/VAIS had a dedicated website and the wayback machine shows this website was active between 2002 and 2009. This incarnation of (non-incorporated) HLN/VAIS did not have any registered business names.

Meetings
Healthy Lifestyles Naturally held regular support group meetings at:

  • Kallangur
  • Gold Coast
  • Redlands
  • Logan West
  • Ferny Hills
  • Wynnum
  • Carindale
  • Stafford Heights

Contact details
The advertised contacts for HLN/VAIS during this period were Stephanie Messenger, Susan Lindberg and Roxanne Iwinski.
Between 2003 and 2009 the postal address for Healthy Lifestyles Naturally was a PO Box in Wynnum Plaza QLD. The primary contact phone numbers belonged to Messenger and Lindberg but by 2006 it was Messenger only.
In 2009 other contacts listed were: general information, membership and library services - Stephanie Messenger (postal address in Alexandra Hills QLD); general enquiries and payments - Susan Lindberg (postal address in Wynnum Plaza QLD) and the newsletter contact was Roxanne Iwinski.

Bank details
BSB: 124 001; Account number: 91 510925
Account name: Vaccination Awareness and Information Service Group
Cheques to be made payable to "VAIS".

2009 Church of Conscious Living

The Church of Conscious Living was first formed in 2008 by Adriano Regano and Jane Leonforte (former vice-president of VISA).
The business name "Church of Conscious Living" was registered by Leslie Bailey (Messenger's husband) on 29 December 2009.

2010

2010 Vaccination Awareness and Information Service [group]

Note: also known as "Vaccination Answers Informed Sources" during this period.

excerpt from membership form showing HLN dropped from name
Excerpt from VAIS membership form (2010)

In September 2009 the VAIS group split off from HLN, launching its own dedicated website and a new membership form. It remained a non-incorporated group.

The business name "VAIS" was registered on 2 Nov 2009 by Susan Lindberg.

VAIS obtained an ABN on 18 Nov 2009. Its new domain name, vaccinationawareness.com.au, was registered by 'VAIS' in 2009. The contact name for the domain registration was Roxanne Iwinski.

Meetings
The website made no mention of meetings for VAIS (group).

Contact details
The main contact address was the same Wynnum Plaza QLD address used previously by HLN/VAIS. The website only showed a contact email address info@vaccinationawareness.com.au No contact names were provided.
These contacts details on the website remained unchanged (Jan 2015).
However, a membership form dated Jan 2010 listed contact phone numbers for Stephanie Messenger and Susan Lindberg.

Bank details
Same details as per HLN/VAIS (group) and are still current (Jan 2015).

2010 Get Rid of SIDS Project Inc

The HLN/VAIS group had included Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) as one of its interests for many years; in particular, they claimed that a baby's rise in temperature after receiving vaccinations could contribute to the release of toxic gases that are the true cause of SIDS.

Advertisement for SIDS/HLN seminar
Excerpt from an advertisement published in the Thirroul Public School newsletter, 9 Sep 2010.

In Jan 2010, Stephanie Messenger founded a registered charity called the Get Rid of SIDS Project Inc . This charity promotes the disproved Toxic Gas theory as being the cause of SIDS and believes that the sleeping position is irrelevant in the prevention of SIDS.

The website advertised plastic sheeting for sale by Messenger's husband, Leslie Bailey.

Messenger started holding seminars on behalf of the Get Rid of SIDS Project and her own project, Healthy Lifestyles...Naturally. These talks covered SIDS and anti-vaccination topics and were often entitled "Vaccination Options ... What You are NOT being told about SIDS".
In advertising for these talks, Messenger claims a 100% success rate in preventing SIDS.

Meetings
None.

Contact details
Stephanie Messenger

Bank details
BSB: 124-001, Account number: 214 132 14
Name of account: Get Rid of SIDS Project

2010 Healthy Lifestyles...Naturally [non-group]

The business name "Healthy Lifestyles...Naturally was first registered on 29 Dec 2009 and is held by Leslie Bailey (Messenger's husband). From this point onwards, there is no evidence that anyone other than Stephanie Messenger is responsible for the operation or finances of this entity.

The first mention of this incarnation of HLN appeared in the Toowoomba Chronicle (6 Nov 2009) in an event listing for a HLN support group meeting. This listing described HLN as a "non-profit, volunteer organisation".

Seminars
Messenger held a number of seminars on the topics of anti-vaccination and SIDS on behalf of Healthy Lifestyles...Naturally and her charity, Get Rid of SIDS Project.

Meetings
Support group meetings were being held on behalf Healthy Lifestyles Naturally (HLN) and "Vaccination Awareness".

Contact details
Stephanie Messenger.

Bank details
None mentioned.

2010 Nature Matters

In May 2010 Stephanie Messenger launched a one-page website www.naturematters.info
This domain was first registered on 5 May 2010 by Stephanie Messenger.
The title of the website was "My Vaccination Story". HLN and VAIS were not mentioned by name but the page did state "or click here to email me to ask questions, access our library or get a free information pack mailed to you."

The website remained "My Vaccination Story" until the end of 2011.

2011

2011 Vaccination Awareness and Information Service [group]

Details for VAIS (group) remained unchanged from 2010.
VAIS had a stall at the Brisbane Baby Expo in June.

2011 Get Rid of SIDS Project Inc

Stephanie Messenger continued to give combined SIDS/anti-vaccination talks but advertising I've seen for these talks no longer mentioned her charity by name.

2011 Healthy Lifestyles...Naturally [non-group]

Healthy Lifestyles...Naturally branched out into publishing with the release of the first children's book written by Stephanie Messenger Melanie's Marvellous Measles .

The combined SIDS/anti-vaccination seminars continued throughout 2011.

2012


Advertisement for antivax/SIDS seminar published in the Illawarra Mercury, Feb 2012.

2012 is the first time we see Healthy Lifestyles...Naturally, Get Rid of SIDS Project and Nature Matters all appearing together.

2012 Get Rid of SIDS Project Inc

Combined SIDS/anti-vaccination talks continued to be given by Stephanie Messenger and one seminar advertisement mentions the charity by name.

Regulation of this charity automatically transfers to the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission, effective date 3 December 2012.

2012 Nature Matters

The end of 2011 / start of 2012 saw the Nature Matters website transform into a shop window to sell Stephanie Messenger's first children's book Melanie's Marvellous Measles .
Messenger's vaccination story remained but the website changed its title to "Melanie's Marvellous Measles" and included a new section for ordering the book.

Messenger's second children's book Sarah Visits a Naturopath (published by Healthy Lifestyles Naturally) appeared on the website in March.

Bank details
BSB: 084-606, Account number: 16695 4525
Account name: Healthy Lifestyles Naturally

2012 Don't Bully Billy

Stephanie Messenger's third children's book Don't Bully Billy (self-published) is released via a new website http://www.dontbullybilly.com.au/

The domain name dontbullybilly.com.au is registered by Stephanie F. Bailey.

Bank details
BSB: 734-080, Account number: 619091
Account name: [not stated]

2012 Healthy Lifestyles...Naturally [non-group]

Messenger continued to give combined SIDS/anti-vaccination talks and advertising for the talks now showed payments to be made to a bank account in the name of "Healthy Lifestyles Naturally".

Healthy Lifestyles Naturally publishes Messenger's second children's book Sarah Vists A Naturopath.

Meetings
Unknown whether HLN were still holding support group meetings in 2012.

Bank details
2012 is the first time we see a bank account for HLN. It is the account consumers pay into for the purchase of Messenger's books from her Nature Matters website.
BSB: 084-606, Account number: 16695 4525
Account name: Healthy Lifestyles Naturally

2013

2013 Stephanie Messenger

The domain stephaniemessenger.com is registered by Messenger on 15 February 2013.

2013 Church of Conscious Living

The postal address for the church changes to the advertised postal address for Eclectic Services (QLD) Pty Ltd, the business owned by Messenger's husband, Leslie Bailey.

2013 Get Rid of SIDS Project

Stephanie Messenger continues to give combined SIDS/anti-vaccination talks including over a dozen talks and book promotions throughout New Zealand.

The Get Rid of SIDS Project is featured prominently on the membership form for Messenger's new HLN/VAIS.

2013 Nature Matters

The title of the website changes to "Nature Matters | VAIS Vaccination Awareness and Information Service" at the start of 2013.
Messenger's third and fourth children's books are added to the website.

2013 Vaccination Awareness and Information Service

Messenger adds "VAIS Vaccination Awareness and Information Service" to the title of her personal website, Nature Matters.

2013 Healthy Lifestyles Naturally

Stephanie Messenger's fourth children's book Vegetarian muscles is published by Healthy Lifestyles Naturally.

2013 Vaccination Awareness & Information Service and Healthy Lifestyles...Naturally


Excerpts from 2013 membership form.
Stephanie Messenger starts soliciting memberships to Vaccination Awareness & Information Service and Healthy Lifestyles Naturally, describing it as a "volunteer organisation".
Messenger's membership form uses the same layout and much of the content as the original HLN/VAIS group's form.

Contact details
Stephanie Messenger is the sole contact.
The website listed for this "volunteer organisation" is Messenger's personal website, Nature Matters, where she is now selling four books that she has authored.

Bank details
BSB: 084-606, Account number: 16695 4525
Account name: Healthy Lifestyles Naturally

2014


Stephanie Messenger's book promotion, New York, 2014

2014 Stephanie Messenger

Stephanie Messenger goes to the United States to give anti-vaccination talks and to promote her books.

In late 2014, Messenger launches a new website at http://www.stephaniemessenger.com/ to promote her books and the anti-vaccination movie "Bought".

2014 Healthy Lifestyles Naturally

The fifth children's book by Stephanie Messenger Goodbye Grandma is published by Healthy Lifestyles Naturally.

2014 Nature Matters


Stephanie Messenger, Vaccine Safety and Autism Awareness Conference, Illinois (USA), 2014.

Stephanie takes "Nature Matters" and her books on a promotional tour in the United States.

Her fifth book, Goodbye Grandma, is added to the Nature Matters website.

2014 Vaccination Awareness and Information Service [group]

This original VAIS group doesn't appear very active but updates were made to its website in 2014.

2014 GanKinMan Foundation

The GanKinMan Foundation made its first appearance on 2 December 2014 as the name of the bank account for goods purchased from Messenger's "Vaccination Awareness & Information Service and Healthy Lifestyles Naturally".

It's next major appearance was later that month as the advertised organiser of Messenger's Terror Australis Tour.

"GanKinMan Foundation" is a (non-registered) trading name used by Stephanie Messenger. Whilst it's official website http://www.gankinman.com/ did not provide any contact names and the domain name was registered using an anonymising service, the contact phone number published on the site was eventually traced to Eclectic Services (QLD) Pty Ltd, the business owned by Messenger's husband, Leslie Bailey.

Bank details
BSB: 032-563, Account number: 371362
Account name: GanKinMan Foundation

2014 Vaccination Awareness & Information Service and Healthy Lifestyles...Naturally

Payment for membership to this faux group changed in 2014, with cheques still payable to Healthy Lifestyles Naturally but payment by EFT changing to the GanKinMan Foundation bank account.

On 2 December 2014, Stephanie Messenger distributed a brochure selling a range of goods on behalf of "Vaccination Awareness and Healthy Lifestyles Naturally".
Payment for goods was to be made to the GanKinMan Foundation bank account.

2015

2015 Healthy Lifestyles Naturally

Two new children's books Happy Day Sad Day written by Stephanie Messenger (published by Healthy Lifestyles Naturally) were released on 18 March 2015. One version is for girls, the other for boys, and are available at Messenger's personal website stephaniemessenger.com.
Messenger announced the new books in an email sent 18 March with the following plea: "If everyone just purchased one of my books, imaging [sic] how quickly I can be out of debt for the cancelled Dr Sherri Tenpenny tour".

2015 Get Rid of SIDS Project

On 8 April 2015 the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission announced that they had "made a decision to revoke the registration of Get Rid of SIDS Project Inc (ABN 63 260 843 015) following a review into the organisation's operations and activities" (refer ACNC media release ).
This means that the Get Rid of SIDS Project has lost its charity status (effective 1 April 2015) and has lost all tax concessions. Donations to the group are no longer tax deductible.

This action by the ACNC attracted widespread media attention with Stephanie Messenger featuring as the poster child for rogue charities (refer Channel 7 News video clip).

For further commentary I highly recommend Reasonablehank's blog Stephanie Messenger's anti-vaccine SIDS charity status revoked .

2015 Vaccination and Awareness Information Service [group]

The group VAIS was one of only two named entities responsible for organising the No Jab No Pay protest rallies. VAIS was in attendance at the Brisbane protest, handing out information plus membership forms which had struck out all references to Stephanie Messenger, leaving only Susan Lindberg's details on the form.

Summary (as of June 2015)

Healthy Lifestyles Naturally (HLN) can represent two separate entities. One is the HLN of HLN/VAIS, a membership-driven, unregistered group run by Susan Lindberg, and HLN that is owned by Stephanie Messenger.

Vaccination Awareness & Information Service (VAIS) can represent two separate entities. One being the VAIS of HLN/VAIS currently run by Susan Lindberg. This VAIS also has an ABN. The other VAIS is used by Stephanie Messenger.

HLN/VAIS can represent two separate entities. The HLN/VAIS that is run by Susan Lindberg, and the other operated by Stephanie Messenger.

The Bank Accounts

StatusBSBA/C no.A/C nameContact email address (published)
current032 563371 362GanKinMan Foundation stephanie@naturematters.info
info@gankinman.com
current084 60616695 4525Healthy Lifestyles Naturally stephanie@naturematters.info
growingawareness@yahoo.com
current124 00191 510925VAIS [original group] info@vaccinationawareness.com.au
growingawareness@hotmail.com (previous)
current124 001214 132 14Get Rid of SIDS Project getridofsids@live.com
growingawareness@yahoo.com
current734 08061 9091[not stated] info@dontbullybilly.com.au
old??HLN/VAIS growingawareness@hotmail.com
kslindberg@optusnet.com.au

Just to make things as clear as mud, please note the following:

Payment for Messenger's books purchased from Nature Matters | VAIS is to be made into bank account
Healthy Lifestyles Naturally, 084-606 16695 4525.

Payment for membership to Messenger's HLN/VAIS is to be made into bank account
GanKinMan Foundation, 032-563 371362 (EFT) or Healthy Lifestyles Naturally (cheque).

Payment for goods purchased from Messenger's HLN/VAIS is to be made into bank account
GanKinMan Foundation, 032-563 371362.


Excerpts from an advertising brochure distributed by Stephanie Messenger, December 2014.

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