Photo: Nigel Brunsdon /

Photo: Nigel Brunsdon /

Below is the program and speakers for the 2019 Forum, held at the NSW Teachers Federation on September 3 & 4. Check back later for details of the 2020 Forum when they are developed closer to the date.

Tuesday, September 3

9:15-9:30 Special Guest speaker

Dr Kerry Chant, NSW Chief Health Officer

9:30-10:15 Keynote speakers

Peers as Teachers (Auditorium)
Speakers: Charles Henderson (NUAA Deputy CEO); Dan Burns (former DanceWize NSW coordinator)

10:45-12:15 CONCURRENT sessions

Rethinking ‘Recovery’ (Auditorium)
Moderator: Sione
Panellists: Shawnee Rose; Alex Freeman; Ethan Del Carmen; Resli Buchel

The Unique Role of Peer Workers (Level 1, room 3)
Moderator: Jude Byrne (AIVL)
Panellists: Adam Smith; Kath Sutherland; Maureen; Hope Everingham

Police State? Drug use, your rights and surveillance (Level 1, room 2)
Moderator: David Shoebridge (Greens MLA)
Panellists: Cinty; Sofia Devetak; Jess Barker; Kevin; Xiaoran Shi

1:15-2:45 CONCURRENT Sessions

Practical Peer Skills in Addressing Stigma (Auditorium)
Moderator: Leah McLeod (NUAA)
Panellists: Carmen Lazar; Fiona Poeder, Cameron Dalrympe; Adrienne Jensen

The Role of Peers in Responding to HCV (Level 1, room 3)
Moderator: Charles Henderson (NUAA deputy CEO)
Panellists: Andrew McDonald; Jade Christian

Psychedelics: Ancient medicine for modern pain? (Level 1, room 2)
Moderator: Gina Bell (NUAA)
Panellists: Lisa Andreyeva; Beau; Will; Ethan Del Carmen

3:13-4:45 Feature Session

How Do We Build an Aboriginal Peer Workforce? (Auditorium)
Moderator: Michael Doyle
Panellist: Francine Campbell; Jade Christian

Wednesday, September 4

9:10-10 Keynote speaker

Peers and Research (Auditorium)
Speaker: Dr Mary Harrod (NUAA CEO)

10:30-12 CONCURRENT Sessions

Been in Green: Is it Possible to Thrive Inside? (Auditorium)
Moderator: Kat Armstrong
Panellists: David Straney; Annika

The Role of Peers in Research (Level 1, room 3)
Moderator: Dr Mary Harrod (NUAA CEO)
Panellists: Michael Doyle

Stories from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Communities (Heritage Room)
Moderator: Alison
Panellists: Deacan

1-2:30pm CONCURRENT Sessions

Drug Use and Body Image in LGBTIQ+ Communities (Auditorium)
Moderator: Joel Murray
Panellists: Viv McGregor; Teddy Cook; Tammy Piper; Felicity Pobje

Old People Do Take drugs! (level 1, room 3)
Moderator: Judy Byrne (AIVL)
Panellists: Bill Lenane; Geoff Honnor; Lani; Kevin

Drug Use and Your Professional Self (Heritage Room)
Moderator: Dan Burns (former DanceWize NSW coordinator)
Panellists: Nick Kent; Jess; Dean; Shawnee

3-4:30 Feature Session

Disclosure: A Call to Arms (Auditorium)
Moderator: Dr Mary Harrod (NUAA CEO)
Panellists: Erica Franklin; Ash Blackwell; Cate Faehrmann

4:30-5 Think Tank Session

5-5:15 Forum Wrap Up

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