SpeakEasy Podcast

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.

Latest episode

S05, Ep9: Family Matters in the Context of BBVs

To coincide with the release of their ground-breaking new report, in this our second to last episode of SpeakEasy for 2020, Carla and Annie speak with the totally amazing Assoc. Profs Christy Newman and Myra Hamilton about their work on the 'my health, our family' project – an ambitious and important multi-year research project documenting stories of family life in the context of HIV, hepatitis B or hepatitis C. It’s a ‘must hear’ show as we roll ever closer to the holiday season and encounters of the family kind…

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    my health, our family project page

    Literature review on families affected by blood borne viruses

    How families matter in the context of a stigmatised viral infection

    Viewpoint article on queer families


    S05, Ep8: Making legitimacy and other PhD stories…

    In this episode of SpeakEasy, Annie & Carla take a deep dive into the ‘PhD journey’ with Carla interviewing Annie about her recently published paper, the first from her PhD research, focusing on issues of drug user representation and political legitimacy in UN drug policy settings over the past 3 decades.

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    50 days of free access to the article via IJDP: authors.elsevier.com/c/1b~JF3PEroSnM


    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!

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    For INPUD International Drug Users Day campaign go to www.inpud.net and 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.

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    INPUD documentary: Taking Back What's Ours! A documented history of the movement of people who use drugs:


    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.

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    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.

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    Submissions and resources to get involved

    Find your electorate and MP


    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.

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    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.

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    Full disclosure: Our guest for this episode - Charles Henderson is in an ongoing relationship with Annie Madden.


    S05, Ep 2: Poverty, its not that complex – with Cassandra Goldie

    Staying hot on the trail of the ‘big issues’, this episode Annie & Carla get some quality time with the amazing Dr Cassandra Goldie, CEO of the Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) and tireless advocate for tackling poverty and inequality to reflect on a recent Report into Poverty in Australia by ACOSS & UNSW and to ‘crack the code’ on some of our biggest social issues including “Raising the Rate” of Newstart and how to make housing more affordable. We also talk about why the topic of Superannuation is REALLY interesting… really ☺

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    S05, Ep 1: The standard of human dignity with Louise Chappell and Rosemary Kayess

    Carla and Annie are kicking off season 5 with a ‘deep dive’ into human rights – What are they? Where do they come from? Who gets them? And how can they help us to think about issues of health and rights more broadly? With two stellar guests (Louise Chappell and Rosemary Kayess) who are genuine legends and experts in the field we are in good hands to have a cracker first show that is guaranteed to make ya think!

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    S04, Ep 16: It's a Wrap for 2019 and an Exciting Announcement!

    In what’s become an annual tradition, Annie and Carla wrap up the year that’s been, reflect on the amazing guests that have joined them in the “SpeakEasy Lounge” in 2019 and announce an exciting new SpeakEasy venture commencing in early 2020.

    Enjoy the episode and thanks for listening in 2019!

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    S04, Ep 15: Stuart Loveday: Thank you and farewell

    After 25 years at the helm of Hepatitis NSW, Stuart Loveday takes his final bow as CEO. Annie and Carla chat with Stuart about what’s happened during his time leading the organisation and what’s left to do in this valedictory episode.

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    S04, Ep 14: The welfare drug testing debate with Alison Ritter

    Carla and Annie sit down with Professor Alison Ritter, Director of the Drug Policy Modelling Program at the Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW Sydney, to discuss the recurrent threat in Australian politics to drug test welfare recipients and why this makes for bad drug policy.

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    S04, Ep 13: AVHEC19 with Felicity Sheaves and Louise Maher

    It’s our final AVHEC19 episode! This week Felicity Sheaves, Blood Borne Viruses Coordinator, and Louise Maher, Hepatitis C and Senior Health Promotion Officer, both of the Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District, sit down with Carla and Annie to chat about the good ol’ days of the SIC Project and the beauty of not knowing how to navigate the health system (and doing it anyway).

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    S04, Ep 12: AVHEC 2019 with James Ward and Chris Cunningham

    Associate Professor James Ward, a Pitjantjatjara/Narungga man and a national leader in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander research on STIs, health and wellbeing, and Professor Chris Cunningham, of the Ngati Toa and Ngati Raukawa tribes of New Zealand and Professor of Maori Health, join Annie and Carla in our second AVHEC19 special episode. The awesome foursome join heads to discuss how viral hepatitis elimination is going in Australian and New Zealand Indigenous communities and where there's room for improvement.

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    S04, Ep 11(2): AVHEC19 with Joanne Bryant and the Cairns Hepatitis Action Team

    It's Australasian Viral Hepatitis Elimination Conference time and once again Carla and Annie are ‘in the mix’ chatting to an assortment of keynote speakers and other amazing people at the forefront of hepatitis elimination across Australia & NZ. First up, Annie & Carla talk ‘counter-publics’, ‘lay experts’ and power dynamics in health promotion with A/Prof Joanne Bryant. Next up, a change of pace with the Cairns Hepatitis Action Team talking about their “surprise” at winning the 2018 HCV Health Promotion Resource Competition and what they did with the loot!

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    S04, Ep 11(1): World Hepatitis Day 2019 With Margaret Hellard and Tanya Applegate

    For this very special 2019 World Hepatitis Day episode, Annie and Carla talk with Australian researchers Dr Tanya Applegate from The Kirby Institute and Professor Margaret Hellard AM from The Burnet Institute about the ‘awesomely massive’ “Accelerating the elimination of viral hepatitis: a Lancet Gastroenterology & Hepatology Commission” and discuss the power of collaboration in the global fight against viral hepatitis.

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    S04, Ep 10: Jules Kim

    Carla Treloar and Annie Madden welcome Jules Kim, Scarlet Alliance CEO, to the SpeakEasy lounge to do some sex work myth busting and discuss the importance of Scarlet Alliance, the national peak body for sex worker organisations that pursues equity and justice in the sex work industry.

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    Harm Reduction International 2019 Special Episodes

    Annie and Carla attended the Harm Reduction International Conference 2019 in late April, mingling with bright minds and courageous members of the harm reduction scene. They tapped their favourites, found some quiet(ish) corners and got down to the nitty-gritty of what's really happening in harm reduction around the world.

    S04, Ep 9: Graham Brown and Andrew Scheibe

    It’s our final HR19 episode this week. First up, Carla steps outside (literally) with Graham Brown to discuss the ‘spaghetti and meatballs’ project on peer-led programs, also known as What, Works and Why or W3. Our final guest of the special HR19 episodes is Andrew Scheibe from Cape Town, South Africa. Andrew is an harm reduction implementer, with a focus on implementation science that is valid in local contexts.

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    S04, Ep 8: Zoe Dodd: Fighting to win

    As part of a series of interviews from HRI19, in this episode Annie and Carla speak with legendary activist Zoe Dodd about setting up a ‘pop-up’ SIF (safe injecting facility), her Masters research and life and politics on the frontlines of the Canadian OD crisis.

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    S04, Ep 7: Carol Strike and Gillian Kolla: where research and frontline service delivery meet

    In this second episode from the Harm Reduction International Conference 2019, Carla and Annie catch up with Carol Strike and Gillian Kolla -- legends from the frontlines of the overdose crisis in Toronto, Canada -- about police and their attitudes to safe injecting facilities, setting up an unsanctioned safe injecting site in a public park in Toronto and issues in doing research with highly criminalised communities.

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    S04, Ep 6: Garth Mullins: from the frontline of Harm Reduction International 2019

    Garth Mullins, host of the Crackdown podcast (and Carla and Annie's podcast crush), landed in the SpeakEasy lounge at the Harm Reduction International Conference to discuss the frontline of the war on drugs, bringing activism and science together and punching up (not down) with his podcast about drugs, drug policy and the drug war.

    The health, well-being and lives of people who use drugs are at crisis around the world. These issues were highlighted at the Harm Reduction Conference in Porto where this episode was recorded. We acknowledge those who grieve for the loss of family and friends and we call on governments across the world to respond to this crisis as a matter of urgency and move to ensure a safe drug supply, provision of low threshold emergency services, wide distribution of naloxone and decriminalisation of drug use.

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    S04, Ep 5: Emma Rafferty: Talking treatment, talking journeys

    Annie and Carla chat to Emma Rafferty who is a Systemic Advocacy Lead at the Association of Participating Service Users (APSU) in Victoria. Emma gives SpeakEasy a ‘backstage pass’ to APSU’s new podcast series “Straight to the Source” and takes us through how the show is working to empower treatment consumers, increase the impact of people's own voices and create sustainable change at the system level.

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    S04, Ep 4: Mary Harrod and Jessica Murray from NUAA and Dancewize

    The issue of pill testing at music festivals has literally filled the media this summer and is shaping up as a key issue in the upcoming NSW election campaign. To get the lowdown on this issue from the peer perspective, SpeakEasy sat down with Mary Harrod, NUAA CEO and Jessica Murray, one of the coordinators of NUAA’s Dancewize peer education and harm reduction program.

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    S04, Ep 2: “Not My Family, never My Child” – an interview with Tony Trimingham

    Annie and Carla speak with the awesome Tony Trimingham OAM, CEO of Family Drug Support, founder of the Damien Trimingham Foundation and co-founder of Harm Reduction Australia about supporting families affected by alcohol and other drug issues, International FDS Day and how he became a leading advocate for drug law reform.

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    S04, Ep 1: “Go hell for leather and publish and be damned” – a chat with Jenny Valentish

    And we’re back with Season 4 of SpeakEasy! In our first episode for 2019, Carla and Annie speak with writer, author and ‘woman of substance’ Jenny Valentish about her 2017 book, about what it’s like to ‘go public’ about your own drug use, about publishing realities and the response to her book from the media, her family and from other “women of substances”.

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    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.

    S03 SpeakEasy: 2018 it's a wrap

    Annie and Carla wrap up the year that has gone by and reminisce and reflect on all of the guests that have joined them in the SpeakEasy lounge.

    S03 SpeakEasy with Fiona Patten

    Annie and Carla interview Fiona Patten, the leader of the Reason Party and a long-standing champion of sexual rights, sex worker rights and health issues such as HIV and AIDS. Not one to do things by halves, Fiona is also a small business owner of her own fashion label.

    S03 SpeakEasy World AIDS Day Bumper Episode

    In today's World Aids Day extravaganza, Annie and Carla interview Asha Persson and Christy Newman, Martin Holt and Limin Mao covering a whole range of issues and cutting-edge research.

    S03 SpeakEasy World AIDS Day Bumper Episode: Asha Persson And Christy Newman

    In today's World Aids Day extravaganza, Annie and Carla interview Asha Persson and Christy Newman covering a whole range of issues and cutting edge research.

    S03 SpeakEasy World AIDS Day Bumper Episode: Martin Holt

    In today's World Aids Day extravaganza, Annie and Carla interview Martin Holt covering a whole range of issues and cutting edge research.

    S03 SpeakEasy World AIDS Day Bumper Episode: Limin Mao

    In today's World Aids Day extravaganza, Annie and Carla interview Limin Mao covering a whole range of issues and cutting edge research.

    S03 SpeakEasy INHSU special: John Dillon

    Live from INHSU - Strap yourself in – the revolution has arrived – John Dillon puts orthodoxy in the bin at INHSU.

    S03 SpeakEasy INHSU special: Judy Chang

    Carla and Annie continue to grow their INHSU collection of interviews (and friends), this time sitting down with Judy Chang who is Executive Director of International Network of People Who Use Drugs (INPUD).

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    S03 SpeakEasy INHSU special: Michael Ninburg

    Carla and Annie continue to grow their INHSU collection of interviews (and friends), this time sitting down with World Hepatitis Alliance President Michael Ninburg.

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    S03 SpeakEasy INHSU special: Jonas Demant Hansen and Anne Øvrehus

    This week we hear from Jonas Demant Hansen from a Danish NGO for people who use drugs called Brugernes Akademi (The Users Academy) and Anne Øvrehus an infectious diseases physician in Denmark. They are using working by Annie, Carla, Jo Neale and Max Hopwood on Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMS) to translate this for people who inject in Denmark.

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    S03 SpeakEasy INHSU special: Dr Mark Tyndall

    Annie and Carla took the microphones and headed north – to the great INHSU conference in Portugal. This is the first in a series of interviews with passionate, inspiring and subversive people that we found lounging around the conference pool. Our guest today is Dr Mark Tyndall, Executive Director of the Centre for Disease Control in British Columbia, Canada.

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    S03 SpeakEasy Episode 7: Dr Nico Clark

    Dr Nico Clark, the medical director for the recently opened medically supervised injecting facility in North Richmond, Melbourne, joins Carla Treloar and Annie Madden in the SpeakEasy lounge to discuss the progress of the service since opening and its impact on local people who inject drugs.

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    S03 SpeakEasy Episode 6: World Hepatitis Day 2018 with kylie valentine

    Associate Professor Kylie Valentine, from the Social Policy Research Centre at UNSW Sydney, joins Carla Treloar and Annie Madden in the SpeakEasy lounge to give the low down on social policy and the intersection of viral hepatitis this World Hepatitis Day, ahead of kylie's keynote at VH18.

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    S03 SpeakEasy Episode 5: Support Don't Punish Day

    Annie and Carla have not one but two special guests for Support Don't Punish Day on Tuesday 26 June. Sione Crawford is the CEO of Harm Reduction Victoria, with previous roles at Hepatitis Victoria and NUAA. Dr Kate Seear is at Monash University where she is an ARC DECRA Fellow, a practicing solicitor, an Associate Professor in Law and an Academic Director of the Springvale Monash Legal Service.

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    S03 SpeakEasy Episode 4: Emeritus Professor Sue Kippax

    Carla and Annie welcome long-time friend Emeritus Professor Sue Kippax to the SpeakEasy lounge. Sue is a pioneer in partnerships between research and community. With an extraordinary academic track record, Sue is internationally recognised for her contribution to the HIV response.

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    S03 SpeakEasy Episode 3: Dr Marianne Jauncey

    In this week's episode, Carla and Annie sit down with the legendary Dr Marianne Jauncey -- director of the medically-supervised injecting centre (MSIC) in Sydney's Kings Cross. The trio discuss the latest in harm reduction, the upcoming MSIC in Richmond, Victoria, Uniting's push for drug law reform and the transformative power of treating people with dignity and respect.

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    S3 SpeakEasy Episode 2: Dr Ingrid van Beek AM

    This episode, Carla and Annie are speaking with the legendary Dr Ingrid van Beek AM, a true harm reduction pioneer in Australia about her longstanding passion for rights and social justice, her ground-breaking work with the Kirketon Rd Centre (KRC) and the Medically Supervised Injecting Centre (MSIC) and why reforming the drug laws remains as a key priority for her.

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    S3 SpeakEasy Episode 1: the Hon Michael Kirby

    To kick off season three of SpeakEasy, the Hon Michael Kirby dropped by the lounge to discuss the landmark report “HIV and the Law: Risks, Rights and Health” and what is happening five years on.

    Editor's note: The quote referred to in this episode ("Nothing is more powerful than an idea whose time has come") was made by French author Victor Hugo and not Voltaire as initially thought.

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    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.

    S2 SpeakEasy Episode 10: It's a wrap with Annie and Carla

    In the final SpeakEasy episode for Season Two, Annie and Carla take a trip down memory lane, reviewing their guests from 2017 (and even 2016), including Dr Kari LancasterProfessor Alison RitterMatt Noffs and Professor Mark Tyndall to create some insight into the changing landscape of drug policy and harm reduction in Australia and around the world.

    S2 SpeakEasy Episode 9: Peter Higgs

    This week in the Speakeasy lounge Annie and Carla chat to Dr Peter Higgs, Senior Lecturer at La Trobe University and Senior Research Fellow at the Burnett Institute, both in Melbourne. Peter is a well-regarded qualitative researcher, working for over 20 years researching risk and people who inject drugs, particularly in the inner Melbourne suburb of Footscray.

    Don't forget to come and find us on our very own Twitter handle - @SpeakEasy_UNSW.

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    S2 SpeakEasy Episode 8: Alison Ritter

    Professor Carla Treloar and Annie Madden chat with Professor Alison Ritter, internationally recognised drug policy scholar and Director of the Drug Policy Modelling Program at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre at UNSW. The trio discuss Alison's amazing body of work and her thoughts on carving out new frontiers in drug policy.

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    S2 SpeakEasy Episode 7: Gino Vumbaca: If you stop, [the penny] will never drop

    Gino Vumbaca, President and Co-Founder of Harm Reduction Australia, sits down in the lounge with Carla and Annie to discuss justice reinvestment, starting Harm Reduction Australia and pushing to get pill-testing on the Australian music festival road map.

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    S2 SpeakEasy Episode 6: Jason Grebely for World Hepatitis Day 2017

    For World Hepatitis Day 2017 we have a very special guest, the indefatigable Jason Grebely. Associate Professor with The Kirby Institute and president of the International Network on Hepatitis in Substance Users, Jason swings by the SpeakEasy studio to discuss the current state of treatment for hepatitis C.

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    S2 SpeakEasy Episode 5: 'Phenethylamines I’ve Known and Loved' and other fantastic journeys…

    In this episode, Annie and Carla talk with Dr Stephen Bright about the origins of ethnopharmacology, experimental psychonauts and the quality of reporting on alcohol and other drugs (AOD) issues in the media. We find out about the recently launched "AOD Media Watch" and the amazing work that Stephen and colleagues are doing to end inaccurate and misleading reporting in the media one article at a time.

    LISTEN to SpeakEasy on iTunes

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    S2 SpeakEasy Episode 4: Kate Pinnock: Jailbreak Radio: Making a 'Kinection'

    Kate Pinnock, host of the weekly radio program Jailbreak, joins Carla and Annie in the studio to chat about making a radio program that appeals to inmates, as well the launch of 'Caught Up' - a musical collaboration between Aboriginal youth in prison and the award-winning Aboriginal hip-hop group The Last Kinection.

    EDITOR'S NOTE: In other exciting news, SpeakEasy is now available to stream and download from iTunes. Click here to stream or download SpeakEasy episodes from Seasons 1 and 2.

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    S2 SpeakEasy Episode 3: Annie Madden: When too much psyche-trance is never enough

    Earlier this year Annie attended and volunteered at the Rainbow Serpent Festival – a major 5 day music festival in Western Victoria. Listen as Annie and Carla chat all things Rainbow Serpent including the power of community and the importance of harm reduction and pill testing at music festivals.

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    S2 Speak Easy Episode 2: Kari Lancaster: The hard is what makes it great

    This week the newly crowned Dr Kari Lancaster talks about completing her PhD thesis: both the process and the content. Kari’s work examines the nature of “evidence” in drug policy and how she completed her thesis “by publication”. Looking to the future, what does life have in store post-PhD.

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    • Thesis: Lancaster, K. (2016).  Problematising the 'evidence-based' drug policy paradigm. http://handle.unsw.edu.au/1959.4/56941
    • Paper: Lancaster, K., Treloar, C., & Ritter, A. (2017)‘Naloxone works’: The politics of knowledge in ‘evidence-based’ drug policy. Health: An Interdisciplinary Journal for the Social Study of Health, Illness and MedicineDOI: 10.1177/1363459316688520 
    • Paper: Lancaster, K., Seer, K., & Treloar, C. (2015). Laws prohibiting peer distribution of injecting equipment in Australia: A critical analysis of their effects. International Journal of Drug Policy, 26(12), 1198 - 1206. DOI: 10.1016/j.drugpo.2015.05.014
    • Paper: Lancaster, K. (2016). Rethinking recovery. Addiction. DOI10.1111/add.13552
    • Paper: Lancaster, K., Santana, L., Madden, A., & Ritter, A. (2015). Stigma and subjectivities: Examining the textured relationship between lived experience and opinions about drug policy among people who inject drugs. Drugs: Education, prevention and policy, 22(3), 224-231. DOI: 10.3109/09687637.2014.970516

    S2 SpeakEasy Episode 1: Tim Rhodes: Promise and evidence-making interventions

    In the first episode of season two, we talk with the awesome Tim Rhodes from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine about his work in Kenya, where he is using qualitative methods to explore the development of harm reduction initiatives, including the recent introduction of methadone assisted therapy. His work seeks to develop a critical approach to using qualitative methods as part of implementation science. We discuss some of the emergent findings from work looking at the multiple meanings of methadone. This work is being conducted with Andy Guise and Rose Closson (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine), James Ndimbii (Kenyan Consortium of AIDS Non-Government Organizations), Emmy Kageha (University of Nairobi), Frederick Owiti (physician) and Stefanie Strathdee (University of California at San Diego).

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    • Paper:  Rhodes T, Closson E F, Paparini S, Guise A, Strathdee S (2016). Towards “evidence-making intervention” approaches in the social science of implementation science: The making of methadone in East Africa, The International Journal of Drug Policy, DOI: 10.1016/j.drugpo.2016.01.002
    • Paper: Rhodes T, Guise A, Ndimbii J et al. (2015) Is the promise of methadone Kenya’s solution to managing HIV and addiction? BMJ OpenDOI: 10.1136/bmjopen-2014-007198
    • Paper: Rhodes T, Ndimbii J, Guise, A et al. (2015) Navigating the poverty of heroin addiction treatment and recovery opportunity in Kenya: Access work, self-care and rationed expectations, Global Public Health, 10: 867-880, DOI: 10.1080/17441692.2015.1046385
    • Paper: Crawford S. (2013) Shouting through bullet-proof glass: Some reflections on pharmacology provision in one Australian clinic, International Journal of Drug PolicyDOI: 10.1016/j.drugpo.2013.07.004

    S1 SpeakEasy Episode 12: Annie and Carla Part II – 2016 It’s a Wrap

    After a whirlwind year of podcasting, Annie and Carla take a moment to review the highlights of their first season of podcasting with some very special guests.
    Editor’s Note: Annie and Carla recorded this session in early November, taking advantage of a small window of time in which both of them were in the same place together. Since then, the top secret embargo referenced throughout the episode has been lifted, and we can announce the success of not one, not two, but three NHMRC grants for projects either led by or involving the CSRH.

    S1 SpeakEasy Episode 11: The power and the passion: Helen Tyrrell speaks about community organisations in viral hepatitis

    Six months after “equal treatment access” was launched for new generation hepatitis C treatments, Helen Tyrrell speaks to Annie and Carla about how it all happened (and much more). Helen is CEO of Hepatitis Australia.

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    S1 SpeakEasy Episode 10: Show Me the Evidence! A conversation with Prof. Margaret Hellard about life as a public health physician

    Professor Margaret Hellard is the Head of the Centre for Population Health at the Burnett Institute. Margaret has been at the forefront of developing cutting-edge public health responses to addressing the hepatitis C epidemic among people who inject drugs in Australia including leading a new ambitious study aimed at eliminating hepatitis C as a public health concern in Australia by 2030. Margaret joins Carla & Annie in this latest episode of the SpeakEasy to talk about TAP (her latest research study - not dancing) and why she loves working in public health.

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    S1 SpeakEasy Episode 9: An 'Open Mic' with Jenny Kelsall: The 'Straight Dope' on the Value of Peer-2-Peer

    In this episode, Annie and Carla speak with the amazing Jenny Kelsall, longstanding CEO of Harm Reduction Victoria the peer-based drug user organisation. They talk about lots of good stuff including the past and future of peer-based drug user orgs and harm reduction, the cutting-edge work and programs of HRVic including 'Dancewise' and its growing base of peer educators at music festivals & events across Melbourne & Victoria.

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    S1 SpeakEasy Episode 8: Matt Noffs: Breaking Through: Changing the nature of the drug debate in Australia

    In this episode Carla and Annie have the privilege of speaking with the ultra-impressive Matt Noffs - Executive Director of the Noffs Foundation about what it is like to be a member of the Noffs Family Dynasty, his personal journey, what drives him forward and his hopes for the future of drug policy in Australia.

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    S1 SpeakEasy Episode 7: Suzanne Fraser: No assumption left unconfronted!

    In this episode, Annie and Carla speak to Professor Suzanne Fraser about projects past and current. Suzanne talks about her seminal work on the methadone queue, her book on hepatitis C and her latest project on “addiction” including the website “Lives of Substance” which will open up an array of personal stories of drug use.

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    S1 SpeakEasy Episode 6: Kate Seear: Is justice really blind?

    What do 'addiction', the law, podcasting and AFL have in common? Find out by joining Annie and Carla in conversation with the multi-talented Dr Kate Seear(academic, lawyer, podcaster) to talk about research with lawyers, whether drugs & discrimination can ever 'mix' and what new media can achieve. Oh, and football - when in Melbourne...

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    S1 SpeakEasy Episode 5: Jo Neale: The PROM Queen

    Dr Jo Neale from King's College London is our guest in the SpeakEasy this week. Annie and Carla speak with Jo about "patient reported outcome measures" and why it is important to build measures from the ground up, rather than only relying on what researchers and clinicians think is important. Jo also talks about her work with the Service Users Research Group that actively contributes to the research undertaken at the Addictions Department of Kings College. And, we talk about the work all of us are doing to build a patient reported outcomes measure for new hepatitis C treatments.

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    S1 SpeakEasy Episode 4: Carla Treloar In conversation with Eileen Baldry: Prisons, health and justice

    In this episode, Carla has the opportunity to speak with Eileen Baldry about her expertise in research within the criminal justice sector and her ideas about what’s needed for reform in this complex area. This is a special presentation of a seminar supported by the Centre for Social Research in Health and the Practical Justice Initiative, UNSW.

    S1 SpeakEasy Episode 3: Max Hopwood: Men who have sex with men and hep C

    In this episode, Max Hopwood (Research Fellow, Centre for Social Research in Health) discusses his research with men who have sex with men, and the different types of responses we need to address hepatitis C when sex and drugs come together.

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    S1 SpeakEasy Episode 2: World Hepatitis Day: Greg Dore: What’s happening in hep C treatment?

    This episode focuses on the ground-breaking new treatments for hepatitis C which currently affects over 230,000 Australians. Professor Greg Dore is Head of the Viral Hepatitis Clinical Research Program at the Kirby Institute, UNSW. Greg joins Annie and Carla for a special World Hepatitis Day episode of the SpeakEasy.
    Editor's note:  While recording this episode, we encountered some technical glitches that have shown up in our recording. While we tried our best to fix them, we couldn't get them out so they're immortalised in this episode. We've already taken steps to reduce the risk of this happening again. Thanks for bearing with us during our early days!

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    S1 SpeakEasy Episode 1: We don't know what we don't know (PART I)

    Get to know this new UNSW podcasting duo in a one-on-one interview episode with Annie & Carla including ‘who the hell are they?’, what makes them tick, their hopes and dreams for the future and their plans for world domination with the SpeakEasy with Annie & Carla podcast series. NB We realised during recording that we have so much to talk about, so we plan on continuing this conversation a little later in the season. Stay tuned for more...

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    SpeakEasy with Annie and Carla is produced by Joanna Holcombe at the Centre for Social Research in Health.

    Welcome to ExtraEasy, our short, sharp sister show to SpeakEasy. ExtraEasy features hot topics of the moment and issues that have caught Annie Madden & Carla Treloar’s attention each month.

    S03 ExtraEasy with Lise Lafferty

    Dr Lise Lafferty (CSRH and The Kirby Institute) joins Annie Madden and Professor Carla Treloar to celebrate her participation in the NSW Inspirational Women Showcase and discusses her unconventional path to a career in research.

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    Welcome to ExtraEasy, our short, sharp sister show to SpeakEasy. ExtraEasy features hot topics of the moment and issues that have caught Annie Madden & Carla Treloar’s attention each month.

    S02 ExtraEasy Episode 5: INHSU 2018 recap

    Carla and Annie recap on Portugal, the INHSU conference and discuss the issue of drug decriminalisation.

    S02 ExtraEasy Episode 4: Look who's supporting drug law reform now

    Carla and Annie discuss the latest (and biggest) names globally to get on board with drug law reform, the World Drug Perception Problem report (shoutout to Jason Reed at UKLeap podcast Stop and Search) and Canada's launch of a needle-sharing program in prison.

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    S02 ExtraEasy Episode 3: The times, they are a-changing

    Step into the ExtraEasy lounge as Annie and Carla discuss The Greens' statement on legalising cannabis in Australia, as well as the new Changing attitudes, Changing lives report and recommendations on stigma and discrimination for people experiencing problematic alcohol and other drug use led by the Drug Policy Modelling Program at NDARC and published by the Queensland Mental Health Commission.

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    S02 ExtraEasy Episode 2: Victorian drug law reform report - what happens next?

    This week Carla and Annie discuss the tabling of the Victorian drug law reform report and recommendations, as well as biding a sombre farewell to their mentor and friend, Professor David Cooper AO.

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    S2 ExtraEasy Episode 1: Methadone, NSPs and the power of the pool

    Listen Up! Carla Treloar and Annie Madden are back with the short, sharp and always on point ExtraEasy! In this first episode for 2018, Carla and Annie talk about the very topical issue of methadone and driving, as well as needle sharing programs in prisons and the positive power of the pool AKA: how to mend a broken heart.

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    Welcome to ExtraEasy, our short, sharp sister show to SpeakEasyExtraEasy features hot topics of the moment and issues that have caught Annie Madden & Carla Treloar’s attention each month.

    ExtraEasy Episode 8: Drug law reform, ARTB and Twitter, oh my

    Annie and Carla discuss the good stuff this episode: the greenlighting of a medically supervised injecting centre in Melbourne, the annual state of play in the Hep C space, Annie's exciting scholarship news and the launch of our very own Twitter (@SpeakEasy_UNSW - come and find us)!

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    ExtraEasy Ep 7: INHSU17 wrap

    In this special length Extra ExtraEasy episode, Carla and Annie share their favourite moments and vox pops from the INHSU17 Conference held in New York (or really, across the river in New Jersey) at the beginning of September.

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    ExtraEasy Episode 6: To eradicate or to eliminate hepatitis C - that is the question

    In this episode of ExtraEasy Carla and Annie use vox pops from the recent Australasian Viral Hepatitis Elimination Conference held on 10 - 11 August 2017 in Cairns to highlight some of the key issues discussed at the conference in particular, what is ‘hepatitis C elimination’ and what it will take to achieve it?

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    ExtraEasy Episode 5: The Cochrane Review review and WHO and the UN back decriminalisation

    The Cochrane Collaboration assessment of hepatitis C drug trials comes under review from our resident hep C expert Carla Treloar, while Annie Madden digs deeper into the drug decriminalisation debate as the World Health Organisation and the United Nations wade into the debate.

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    ExtraEasy Episode 4: Things are not what they seem

    In episode four Annie looks at the latest info to come out of the recent International Harm Reduction Conference in Montreal, while Carla has some interesting observations about the need for training doctors for real-world approaches to hepatitis C. Oh, and that time some students made out in the front row of her lecture!

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    Episode 3: What do jetlag, rough sleepers and drug checking have in common?

    Fresh off the plane from a quick trip to London, Carla has some interesting observations about rough sleepers, pollution and the dissemination of research findings to those it impacts. Meanwhile, Annie keeps things local this week, bringing to the discussion the possibility of the first legal pill-testing trial in the ACT later this year.

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    ExtraEasy Ep 2: Making waves in advocacy and research

    In episode 2 Annie and Carla cover the recent Australia 21 report and ways in which the world of drug laws could shift and the “rock star” reception for a seminar on analysis of qualitative research given by CSRH visitor, Jo Neale.

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    Ep 1: A Mood for Change?

    In this very first episode of ExtraEasy, Annie & Carla discuss drug law reform in the mainstream media, why harm reduction issues are ‘hot’ in Victoria right now and highlights from a recent visit to CSRH by Prof. Tim Rhodes, London School of Tropical Medicine, thinking about the future of NSPs.

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