A show that facilitates discussion and explores topics about chronic illness, disability and mental health.
Kaitlyn Blythe: Pandemic Frustrations, Disability Support Pension & (Un)affordable Housing
Kaitlyn Blythe joined Marijo Požega in an honest conversation that explored cultural and ideological ideas that impact on people with chronic illness/disability, while discussing COVID-19, the disability support pension and housing (un)affordibility.Kaitlyn Blythe (formerly Kaitlyn Plyley) is a Melbourne-based writer and performer. Her writing has been published by Junkee, The Sydney Morning Herald, Seizure, The Lifted Brow, and more. In 2019, Kaitlyn received Copyright Agency's Ignite Grant and The Wheeler Centre's Hot Desk Fellowship to work on her chronic illness memoir, Suddenly 80.Kaitlyn trained in storytelling under teachers from LA's The Moth and NYC's Upright Citizens Brigade, and has performed true stories from her life at festivals and events all over Australia. Her podcast Just A Spoonful – where she interviews young people living with chronic illness and/or disability about their work, daily lives and passions – has ranked in Australian iTunes' top 100 and featured on triple j, ABC radio and at the National Young Writers Festival. Listen to the Just A Spoonful Podcast here: https://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/just-a-spoonful/id927826969You can find Kaitlyn on Twitter at: @BlytheByName
Akii Ngo: Chronic Pain & Intersections
Akii Ngo spoke with Naomi Chainey and Marijo Požega about Chronic Pain Australia, the many systemic barriers faced by people living with chronic pain, their own lived experience, COVID-19 and the Royal Comission into Disability. Akii also discussed mental health and the way it is connected with chronic pain/illness, as well as how gender, culture and sexuality intersect with disability. Akii recently joined Chronic Pain Australia as executive director. They are a public health nutritionist and health promotion practitioner with 10 years’ experience in advocacy, health policy, and systemic health promotion practice. Akii is also a board director and treasurer of Disability Justice Australia. Akii is deeply passionate about representation and is a fierce advocate for people with chronic pain, chronic illness, and disabilities due to their own lifetime of lived experiences. Akii lives with h-Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, Spinal Stenosis, Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome, Mast Cell Activation, Bilateral Carpal Tunnel, RSI, Neuropathy, Osteoarthritis, Migraines, Interstitial Cystitis, Vulvodynia & Hypersomnia. Akii also deals with gastrointestinal pain related to being born with necrotising enterocolitis and thoracic pain due to a thymectomy. You can watch the Disability Royal Commission hearings debrief that Akii participated in with Senator Jordan Steele-John and Nicole Lee here: https://www.facebook.com/JordonSteeleJohn/videos/365755658155003/?extid=kyytoCNYgt4awvtX Find out more about Chronic Pain Australia at: http://chronicpainaustralia.org.au/index.php And on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/ChronicPainAustraliaSee their recent 'Faces of Pain' videos and resources for National Pain Week at: http://www.nationalpainweek.org.au/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&layout=edit&id=374 You can find Akii on Instagram at: adventuress.akii or on Twitter at: @Akii_Ngo
El Gibbs: Disability Royal Commission
El Gibbs from People With Disability Australia joined Naomi and Marijo to talk about the Royal Commission into violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation of disabled people. El talked about the impact of COVID-19, the importance of the commission, some of the barriers to engagement and explained the submission process and supports available for chronically ill and disabled people wanting to make a submission. For more information about the Royal Commission and to make a submission, visit the Royal Commission official website here: https://disability.royalcommission.gov.au.For more information, you can also visit People with Disability Australia here: https://pwd.org.au. Or find them on Twitter here: @PWDAustralia. You can find El Gibbs on Twitter here: @bluntshovels
Vanamali Hermans: Black Lives Matter, Abolition & Mutual Aid
Vanamali Hermans joined Marijo Požega to discuss the current Black Lives Matter movement, what abolition could look like from a disability justice perspective, the role of social workers (if any) in abolitionist politics and her experiences in mutual aid organising. Vanamali (Mali) Hermans is a Wiradjuri, Irish & Flemish woman living on Ngunnawal and Ngambri land. She is a disabled organiser and writer and has had work published in Overland, The Guardian and New Matilda, and has appeared on podcasts such as Living the Dream and Movement Memos with Kelly Hayes, among others. Mali is a board member of Women with Disabilities ACT, and currently works in gender-based violence policy alongside studying a Master of Social Work. You can find Mali on twitter at: @vanamalihermans
Larissa MacFarlane: Disability Pride
Larissa MacFarlane joined Naomi Chainey to discuss Disability Pride and what it means for people with chronic illness. They also discuss internalised abelism and more.
Introducing the new team & COVID-19
We're back after a long break between shows and with a brand new team!Naomi Chainey, Millie Baylis and Marijo Pozega discuss what it has been like experiencing the COVID-19 pandemic from the perspective of being chronically ill.Given the closure of 3CR due to COVID-19, this episode of Chronically Chilled was recorded remotely so apologies for any sound quality issues.You can connect with the team via twitter at:Chronically Chilled Naomi Chainey Millie BaylisMarijo Pozega