Media Reports post 2018

The most important free to view articles are indicated with an asterix*.

Paywalled articles as marked.

See also: Universal Medicine Wikipedia page.

For older articles see the 2012 – 2017 page

↓ Scroll down for TV report videos from 2012 – 2021 ↓


  1. Vice TV True Believers: Universal Medicine SBS On Demand (Australia only) Vice TV providers elsewhere


  1. The socially harmful cult that believes in aliens and double orgasms – Vice 6/4/21
  2. Am I in a cult? BBC File on 4 23/11/21


  1. Mum told to leave harmful and sinister cult – The Mirror UK 29/04/20
  2. Mother told by Court of Appeal to break with Universal Medicine cult – The Times 02/05/20
  3. Universal Medicine: the burping cult wrecking lives from a Somerset B & B – Sunday Times 10/05/20
    • Podcast | Stories of our times| Universal Medicine: taking on a cult – The Times 13/05/20 on Acast or Apple Podcasts or Spotify
  4. Universal Medicine: Simone Benhayon instructed members of alleged cult – Gold Coast Bulletin 25/05/20
  5. Swim teacher Simone Benhayon’s disapproving email to cult members – Daily Telegraph 25/05/20
  6. Cults and conspiracy theories offer the easy answer to hard reality – The Times/The Australian 28/05/20
  7. Mother loses custody of daughter after failing to leave cult – the Irish Examiner 20/07/20
  8. Father’s five year battle to save daughter from cult – The Mail on Sunday 26/07/20


  1. Lismore Chamber rebuilds after tumultuous year Northern Star 24/01/19 paywall
  2. Preview Sunday Night on Seven report on Universal Medicine 12/02/18 (video)
  3. *’This guy is a predator’: International investigation into Australian cult leader Serge Benhayon Seven Network 17/2/19 (See below for YouTube video)
  4. Universal Medicine cult founder exposed as a charlatan 18/2/19
  5. Council bans cult Prime Seven 20/2/19
  6. Cult leader ordered to pay blogger’s legal costs Sydney Morning Herald 28/2/19
  7. Solicitors for cult leader may be probed AAP 28/2/19
  8. Gold Coast cult: Universal Medicine leader message promoted by behavioural clinic Fabic through Tanya Curtis Gold Coast Bulletin 1/3/19
  9. Gold Coast City Council promotes woman linked to cult Gold Coast Bulletin PAYWALLED 7/3/19
  10. The Somerset B&B that’s home to Universal Medicine burpers 10/3/19 PAYWALLED
  11. Mother lost to Serge Benhayon’s Universal Medicine cult 10/3/19 BBC
  12. Chamber boss Simon Williams quits over Universal Medicine cult claims 14/3/19 BBC
  13. Universal Medicine research conducted by cult devotees won’t be pulled by University of Queensland ABC News  15/3/19
  14. A very upper crust cult: Run by a wealthy old Etonian in Somerset Daily Mail UK 16/3/19
  15. **Inside the medical cult destroying Aussie lives Womens Weekly 25/3/19
  16. Universal Medicine stripped of business awards Northern Star 18/4/19 Paywall
  17. Universal Medicine: 5-day Somerset cult retreat reportedly cancelled and moved to Vietnam Somerset Live 14/5/19
  18. Cult leader’s lawyer Paula Fletcher to be investigated Northern Star 23/7/2019 Paywall
  19. SA Police officer led ‘dangerous cult’s attempts to have critic criminally charged ABC News 14/8/19
  20. Janelle Saffin MP calls for action on socially harmful cult Northern Star 3/9/19 Paywall
  21. Universal Medicine cult received hundreds of thousands in charity donations from prominent donors ABC News 14/9/19
  22. Cult leader issues unreserved apology to blogger Northern Star 17/9/19 Paywall
  23. $600,000 clawed back from ‘cult’ charity  Northern Star 1/10/19 Paywall
  24. Lets Talk About Sects Podcast – Universal Medicine 16/10/19


  1. University of Queensland launches investigation after researchers promote Universal Medicine ‘cult’ ABC News 16/4/18
  2. University of Queensland academics linked to alleged cult ABC Radio 16/4/18
  3. University of Queensland Faculty Members linked to healing cult Vice 16/4/18
  4. Senior RACGP figure defends involvement with fringe alternative medicine group Australian Doctor 17/4/18
  5. Universal Medicine: their controversial therapies exposed NT News 19/4/18 (Video)
  6. Research problems at Australian University hit news Retraction Watch 19/4/18
  7. The Researchers, the university and the bizarre medical cult 30/4/18 Doctor Portal (Medical Journal of Australia)
  8. Doctor who gave patient medical history to Universal Medicine ‘cult’ stands down from AMA ABC News Online 2/5/18
  9. Why consumers need better protection from dodgy health providers – the case of Universal Medicine  The Conversation 11/5/18
  10. ‘Cult’ healer ordered to open the books Sydney Morning Herald 25/6/18
2018 Benhayon v Rockett trial & aftermath
Supreme Court Justice delivers stinging blow to UM cult leader Serge Benhayon

Northern Star headline 7 December 2018

Not all reports are listed. Paywalled articles as marked.

  1. NSW spiritual healer sues for defamation AAP 4/9/18
  2. Spiritual healer Serge Benhayon ‘not a cult leader’ court Sydney Morning Herald 4/9/18
  3. A spiritual healer is suing over accusations he is a cult leader who is sleazy to women Buzzfeed 4/9/18
  4. *Discarnate spirits in the courtroom as healer is cross examined The Age 5/9/18
  5. NSW healer tells of spirits, past lives 9 News 5/9/18
  6. *NSW healer felt ‘raped’ over blog post AAP 5/9/18 
  7. Universal Medicine leader sues over ‘harmful cult’ claims Australian Doctor 5/9/18 (login required)
  8. *Reincarnation evidence given by NSW healer AAP 6/9/18
  9. *Spiritual healer accuses barrister of trying to paint him as madman Sydney Morning Herald 6/9/18
  10. It was a real worry: blogger tells court of sleazy session with spiritual healer Sydney Morning Herald 13/9/18
  11. Healer’s client alarmed by ‘rape recovery’ AAP 13/9/18
  12. Sued woman explains Rolf Harris comment  AAP 14/9/18
  13. Universal Medicine harvested client info court told Northern Star 14/9/18 PAYWALLED
  14. Sued woman tells jury of healing scam Nine News 17/9/18
  15. NSW Healer has sincere beliefs, jury told AAP 3/10/18
  16. *Self-styled healer Serge Benhayon leads socially harmful cult: jury Sydney Morning Herald 15/10/18
  17. A faith healer sued a blogger over accusations he leads a cult. He lost. Buzzfeed 15/10/18
  18. Defamation loss for NSW spiritual healer AAP 15/10/18
  19. Blogger jubilant at ‘cult’ defamation win AAP 15/10/18
  20. Universal Medicine loses defamation case Byron Shire Echo 16/10/18
  21. Revealed: what the jury said about socially harmful cult Northern Star 20/10/18 PAYWALL or see blog post about jury’s findings
  22. Court rules Universal Medicine founder is running a harmful cult Sunday Telegraph PAYWALL 21/10/18
  23. AHPRA lobby group distances itself from Universal Medicine Australian Doctor 24/10/18 login required
  24. Chamber of Commerce’s UM linked president steps down Northern Star 26/10/18
  25. Cult teacher gets NDIS funds The Australian 31/10/18 PAYWALL
  26. Benhayon’s loss will be felt by Lismore Chamber Byron Shire Echo 31/10/2018
  27. Revenge of the Loon Nimbin Goodtimes p.9 November 2018
  28. Disabled jibe appalling: former Mayor slams healer Northern Star PAYWALL 1/11/18
  29. Taxpayer funds for cult DVD The Australian PAYWALL 2/11/18
  30. Universal Medicine follower’s daughter hopes jury verdict stops dangerous cult recruitment ABC News 5/11/18 TV report below
  31. Doctor linked with alleged cult entitled to her private life and private views Australian Doctor 9/11/18
  32. Would-be MP doctor Maxine Szramka linked to cult leader The Australian PAYWALL 9/11/18
  33. Universal Medicine follower’s daughter releases private emails between mother and cult leader ABC News 10/11/18 TV report below
  34. Serge Benhayon perd son procès Unadfi 13/11/18
  35. Court finds this so-called healer swindled cancer patients out of millions Vice 14/11/18
  36. NSW child protection agency advocated harmful cult in girls’ care plans ABC News 22/11/18
  37. Universal Medicine cancels all event bookings at Ballina Shire Council venues The Echo 30/11/18
  38. Cult leader Serge Benhayon used defamation case to inflict pain on blogger: court Sydney Morning Herald 6/12/18
  39. Costs dispute after cult defamation win AAP 6/12/18
  40. *A cult leader tried to inflict pain on a blogger with expensive defamation cases, court hears Buzzfeed 7/12/18

TV reports 2018 – 2021

Cult Universal Medicine practices promoted by UQ medical researchers ABC News 16/4/18

Cult leader given patient’s entire medical history by lung specialist Dr Samuel Kim ABC News 2/5/18

Relief as jury finds leader of socially harmful cult Benhayon preyed on cancer victim ABC News 5/11/18

Private emails cast light on cult leader who jury found preys on cancer victims ABC News 10/11/18

Child protection agency advocated harmful cult in children’s care plans ABC News 22/11/18

Sunday Night on Seven – International investigation of Serge Benhayon & Universal Medicine cult

SA Police officer led cult’s baseless attempts to have critic charged with criminal offences 14/8/19

The socially harmful cult that believes in aliens and double orgasms Vice 6/4/21

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