Talks + Panel Moderation

Public speaking

I’ve given keynote speeches at many drug and alcohol conferences in Australia and New Zealand, and have spoken at music and literary events, including: Women of Letters; Adelaide Writers Festival; Bendigo Writers Festival; Castlemaine State Festival; Melbourne Writers Festival; Newcastle Writers Festival; Sydney Writers Festival; The Wheeler Centre; QMusic’s Music & Addiction forum; Face the Music; St Kilda Festival; Australian Music Vault; Queensland Network of Alcohol and Other Drug Agencies Winter School.

My prices correspond with those recommended by the Australian Society of Authors for various kinds of appearances. Please contact me for more information.

AOD consultancy

I’m also available as an AOD consultant: Since the 2017 publication of Woman of Substances: A Journey into Addiction and Treatment, I’ve consulted for the National Drugs and Alcohol Research Centre, and the University of Wollongong; and am part of an advisory group for research exploring the use of illicit stimulant drugs in weight control among female recreational drug users in the UK. I sit on SMART Recovery Australia’s board of directors and am chair of SMART Recovery International’s Communications and Brand Committee. I’m an ambassador for Monash University’s BrainPark; have completed SMART Recovery’s two-day facilitator training and have a graduate certificate in Alcohol and Other Drugs from Turning Point/Monash University, and have delivered talks at Turning Point and Uniting, which operates Australia’s first safe injecting room. I’ve written about drug use and treatment for The Age, the ABC, Vice, The Saturday Paper and Guardian Australia, and am a core member of AOD Media Watch, which responds to stigmatising, inaccurate and salacious reporting on drug use in the media. Please contact me to discuss your project.