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Straight From the Source presents the real-life stories of people impacted by drugs, as well as relevant perspectives from other experts and professionals. The show is brought to you by the Association of Participating Service Users (APSU), which is a service of the Self Help Addiction Resource Centre (SHARC). APSU is a Victorian consumer body that believes the voices of people with lived experience of AOD issues should be heard and incorporated into service design and delivery.
 
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Mark Eustice – or Wally, as he’s known to many – is a former AFL player who turned out for Essendon, Richmond and Sydney Swans. Like many professional athletes, his career was defined not only by remarkable achievements, but also the trauma of relentless competition in an unforgiving, high-pressure environment. He struggled to adapt to life after e…
 
Jen Anderson estimates she contracted hepatitis C in the late 1970s. She was later diagnosed in the early 1990s before seeking treatment in 2012, feeling optimistic about break-through antiviral medication. In this 15-minute question-and-answer, Jen Anderson speaks to RMIT student journalist Indiana Hansen about her personal experience living with …
 
Ilbijerri Theatre Company are near to releasing Viral, a film about hepatitis C in Aboriginal communities.Viral, written by Maryann Sam, follows the story of Ally and her family as they come to reckoning with hepatitis C and its treatment. With an all Aboriginal cast and crew, Viral is a landmark film that amplifies the voices of First Nations Peop…
 
We talk to Adrian Farrugia from the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society, La Trobe University. Adrian’s research focuses on opioid overdose and take-home naloxone, experiences of hepatitis C treatment, and young people’s drug consumption and drug education. And he is currently researching the uptake and experiences of hepatitis C t…
 
Sarah Lorrimar is a sexuality educator living in Collingwood but with a strong love and connection to Melbourne’s West. And her background is Chinese – Indonesian and Australian.Sarah is passionate about social justice, particularly around gender equity and sexual health rights and has spent the past decade specialising in health promotion. Before …
 
LiverTalk speak with Doctor Amy Pennay from La Trobe University, about her research into alcohol and how people are choosing to drink less. Dr Amy Pennay is a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Alcohol Policy Research (CAPR), La Trobe University.Dr Pennay has an Honours degree in Criminology and was awarded her PhD through the National Drug R…
 
Our guest this time is David Higham, founder of The Well, a peer-run alcohol and other drug (AOD) service in the northwest of England. For more than 20 years, David was a habitual heroin user more accustomed to life in prison than the outside world. He joined a 12-step program during his final stay at Her Majesty’s pleasure, and his story since has…
 
Pharmacotherapy is a treatment for opioid dependence that plays a vital role in many Victorians' lives. In response to COVID-19, a number of changes were made to the way it is delivered. Some of these changes had profound effects on peoples' lives, and there is ongoing debate as to which, if any, should be kept beyond the pandemic period. For part …
 
Pharmacotherapy is a treatment for opioid dependence that plays a vital role in many Victorians' lives. In response to COVID-19, a number of changes were made to the way it is delivered. Some of these changes had profound effects on peoples' lives, and there is ongoing debate as to which, if any, should be kept beyond the pandemic period. In part 2…
 
How much do we really know about the impact of non-dependent alcohol use upon the brain?Listen to the discussion about why there needs to be more research into the impacts of non-dependant alcohol use upon the brain.Special guests:Fiona Martyn, Galway Neuroscience Centre PhD student, from the Clinical Neuroimaging Laboratory, National University of…
 
Our guest for this episode is Garry Rothman, a financial counsellor at Odyssey House. Many people are facing financial strife after the year we’ve just experienced, but drug dependency and its aftermath can certainly be a cause and complicating factor. Garry offers a fascinating insight into his work in the AOD sector, as well as some indispensable…
 
We talk to Steve Allsop about the changing perceptions around drug law in Australia, what this could look like and what is important to take into consideration. In our conversation we also discussed the vital importance of addressing stigma and discrimination and improving access to drug and alcohol treatment services alongside broader change.…
 
For this episode we spoke to Lyle May, who among other things is an inmate on Death Row at Central Prison in Raleigh, North Carolina, in the States. The occasion for the interview was the release of Crimson Letters, Voices from Death Row, a collection of essays that Lyle co-authored with journalist Tessie Castillo and three fellow prisoners. We wer…
 
A quick, unedited, raw update from yours truly. Thank you for understanding and being patient. I am going through something I never expected and I am taking time to process and also spend my time where it's needed right now. I appreciate you all SO much for sticking with me, you have no idea. Keep in touch, please, I miss hearing from you: Twitter …
 
Jennifer MacLachlan, Senior Epidemiologist at The Doherty Institute shares the reports latest findings on the the prevalence of viral hepatitis, the need to increase diagnosis, treatment & care, and how targeted engagement based on the latest regional data can help drive an increase in testing.https://ashm.org.au/resources/hcv-resources-list/viral-…
 
31 August is International Overdose Awareness Day. For Part 2 of this special episode to mark the occasion, we spoke to researchers Renae Fomiatti and Adrian Farrugia, from the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society at Latrobe University, about two of their recent projects, Overdose Lifesavers and Further Perspectives on Alcohol, whi…
 
31 August is International Overdose Awareness Day. Being unable to gather in person, we asked listeners for their personal remembrances of loved ones lost to overdose. The resulting tributes are equal parts sad and joyful. They also make an implicit case against stigma and for decisive action on this urgent and tragic issue. We thank everyone who c…
 
The world is changing fast due to COVID-19. As part of APSU's broader effort to understand the impact on people who use alcohol and other drug (AOD) services, Straight From the Source is inviting a range of consumers and peer workers to share their experiences. Our guest in the final episode of this miniseries is a resident at Windana's therapeutic…
 
Guest speaker: Suzanne Powell, Ballarat Community HealthPresenters: Isabelle Purcell, Health Promotion Officer, Hepatitis Victoria/LiverWELLNeylan Aykut, Health Promotion Officer, Hepatitis Victoria/LiverWELL‘Solar Power’ by Zucchini Clan. Used in agreement with the artists.Isabelle and Neylan speak with Suzanne from Ballarat Community Health about…
 
The world is changing fast due to COVID-19. As part of APSU's broader effort to understand the impact on people who use alcohol and other drug (AOD) services, Straight From the Source is inviting a range of consumers and peer workers to share their experiences. Our guest in this episode is Brian, a resident at SHARC's Oxford Houses. Oxford Houses p…
 
The world is changing fast due to COVID-19. As part of APSU's broader effort to understand the impact on people who use alcohol and other drug (AOD) services, Straight From the Source is inviting a range of consumers and peer workers to share their experiences. Our guest in this episode is Rhiannon, a dual diagnosis peer worker at a major health or…
 
The world is changing fast due to COVID-19. As part of APSU's broader effort to understand the impact on people who use alcohol and other drug (AOD) services, Straight From the Source is inviting a range of consumers and peer workers to share their experiences. Our guest in this episode is the mother of a young man dealing with ice addiction and ot…
 
The world is changing fast due to COVID-19. As part of APSU's broader effort to understand the impact on people who use alcohol and other drug (AOD) services, Straight From the Source is inviting a range of consumers and peer workers to share their experiences. Our first guest in this series is Jane, a peer worker from Harm Reduction Victoria. Harm…
 
Nutritionist Kate Borland offers an expert view on food and cooking, with special regard to AOD issues and the current historical moment. This episode is packed with practical advice and information on nutrition, which Kate passionately presents as foundational to well-being. Anyone interested in finding out more about Kate's work can reach her by …
 
Today's episode is a little more recent than what I usually cover. The Tylenol Murders changed the way our medication is produced and handled, and the case itself set off a series of copy-cat murders. While the copy-cats were convicted, the original perpetrator remains unknown. Twitter / Instagram / Facebook MERCH - GOODNIGHT for 20% off Sources PB…
 
Bree tells the story of growing up with a mother whose drug use ultimately led to a fatal overdose. She describes the emotional range and complexity of a loving relationship affected and tragically shortened by addiction, but not necessarily defined by it. This episode contains references to domestic violence and drug use that some listeners may fi…
 
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