Annie Madden and Professor Carla Treloar have dedicated much of their lives to working in taboo fields of research: blood borne viruses and drug users. These two brilliant minds bring a wealth of expertise, knowledge and insight to real world subjects in SpeakEasy, holding engaging conversations with very special guests each episode.
S05, Ep7: When is a hallway not a hallway?
In celebration of International Drug Users Day on 1 November, in this episode Annie & Carla have a chat to Jake Agliata from the International Network of People Who Use Drugs (INPUD) all the way from Philadelphia in the US about being young and political in the States, about the true racist history behind global drug policy and about how a group of young people turned a UN hallway into ‘a corridor of power’. Oh… and we also do a special shout-out to Jake’s mum for being so excited about him being on SpeakEasy!
For INPUD International Drug Users Day campaign go to www.inpud.net and https://www.facebook.com/INPUD
S05, Ep6: Of Pride, Othering and Other Things…
In this episode Annie & Carla speak with legendary drug user activist and all-round amazing woman Jude Byrne about the early days of drug user organisations in Australia, the importance of peer involvement in research and why she is so damned proud of her community.
INPUD documentary: Taking Back What's Ours! A documented history of the movement of people who use drugs
Oral history site: https://www.inpud.net/en/taking-back-whats-ours-oral-history-movement-people-who-use-drugs
Australia and NZ film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VWYRpHmXmC0&feature=youtu.be
S05, Ep5: Doom scrolling, murder mysteries and silver linings
Annie and Carla are back in the salubrious surrounds of the SpeakEasy after an enforced hiatus due to a big deal with a little name called “COVID”. In this return episode, Annie and Carla catch up on what they’ve been doing during “the Rona”, hot topics that are exercising their minds and the value of a good murder mystery in #iso.
NUAA/NADA resource - Language Matters
INPUD resource - Words Matter
Scottish Drug Deaths Taskforce – Strategy to Address Stigma
INPUD COVID-19 Survey Research reports on the Health & Human Rights Of People Who Drugs in a COVID-19 Environment: https://www.inpud.net/en/covid-19-survey-reports-health-rights-people-who-use-drugs-covid-19-environment
S05, Ep4: What’s Religion Got to Do with It?
Religious freedom or smokescreen for bigotry? In this episode, Annie and Carla dive into the ‘hot mess’ that is the draft Federal Religious Discrimination Bill and speak with Jonathon Hunyor (PIAC) and Daniel Comensoli (LGBTI Health Alliance) about their organisations’ work and views on this super important topic for the Australian community.
Submissions and resources to get involved:
Find your electorate and MP
The Impact of Institutional Discrimination on Psychiatric Disorders in Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Populations: A Prospective Study
S05, Ep 3: The Sex (& Drugs) Lecture 2020
In this episode Carla and Annie speak with Dr Kerryn Drysdale from the UNSW Centre for Social Research in Health about the recently presented 4th annual Sex Lecture drawing on insights from the Crystal Pleasures and Sex between Men research project on gay, bisexual and queer men who use crystal methamphetamine for sex. The lecture was co-presented by Dr Max Hopwood with an introduction from Emeritus Professor Gary W. Dowsett and included an expert panel of discussants.
Crystal, pleasures and sex between men project page (which includes links to papers from the study):
Podcast from the crystal project:
Sex (and Drugs) Lecture:
S05, Extra Easy Ep 1: COVID-19 & Harm Reduction Special
In times like these, we all need good information to guide us and sometimes what we need goes beyond the general advice to something a little more specialised... In this episode we talk with NUAA Deputy CEO Charles Henderson about the most recent harm reduction info and advice for people who are using drugs in a COVID-19 environment.
NUAA’s COVID-19 advice
How to contact drug user organisations around Australia
Factsheet for people with hepatitis B and C – Hepatitis Australia
AFAO COVID-19 Factsheet for LGBTIQ & HIV Communities
Full disclosure: Our guest for this episode - Charles Henderson is in an ongoing relationship with Annie Madden.