Podcast: SpeakEasy with Annie Madden and Carla Treloar

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.

Season 2 Ep 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.

S2 Ep2 Related Links
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 Medicine. DOI: 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

SpeakEasy Season Two

Ep 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).

Ep1 Related Links

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 Open, DOI: 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 Policy, DOI: 10.1016/j.drugpo.2013.07.004

ExtraEasy Season One

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

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.

ExtraEasy Ep 1 Related Links

Article: Law changes are key to cutting drug harm
Paper: Islam, Nazrul et al. (2016) Incidence, risk factors, and prevention of hepatitis C reinfection: a population-based cohort study. The Lancet Gastroenterology & Hepatology, Volume 2 , Issue 3 , 200 - 210 DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S2468-1253(16)30182-0

SpeakEasy Season One

S1 Ep 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.

Ep 12 Related Links
Article: NHMRC project grant success for CSRH


Ep 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.

Ep 11 Related Links
Website: Hepatitis Australia


Ep 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.

Ep 10 Related Links
Professor Margaret Hellard bio
Treatment And Prevention Study (TAP) 


Ep 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.

Ep 9 Related Links
Website: Harm Reduction Victoria
Website: Dancewize
Paper: Snow, K., Scott, N., Clothier, H., MacLachlan, J., B, C., 2016. Limited provision of diagnostic services to Victorians living with hepatitis C antibodies, 2001-2012: a multi-level modelling analysis. Aust N Z J Public Health DOI: 10.1111/1753-6405.12560
Article: Get tested, get treated, Hep C researchers urge


Ep 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.

Ep 8 Related Links
Book: Breaking the ice: How we will get through Australia's methamphetamine crisis
Website: Street University


Ep 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.

Ep 7 Related Links
Article: The chronotope of the queue: Methadone maintenance treatment and the production of time, space and subjects
Book: Substance and Substitution: Methadone Subjects in Liberal Societies
Book: Making Disease, Making Citizens: The Politics of Hepatitis C
Website: Lives of Substance


Ep 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...

Ep 6 Related Links
Podcast: The Outer Sanctum
Article: Eddie McGuire, Caroline Wilson and when 'playful banter' goes very, very wrong
Kate Seear's Discovery Early Career Research Award (DECRA) project: Addiction in the Australian legal system: A sociological analysis
Research Article: Beyond criminal law: The multiple constitution of addiction in Australian legislation


Ep 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.

Ep 5 Related Links
King's College London - SURE: Substance Use Recovery Evaluator 
SURG - Service Users Research Group
Paper: Neale, J., Vitoratou, S., Finch, E., Lennon, P., Mitcheson, L., Panebianco, D., Rose, D., Strang, J., Wykes, T., Marsden, J., (online) 'Development and validation of 'SURE': A patient reported outcome measure (PROM) for recovery from drug and alcohol dependence', Drug and Alcohol Dependence. http://authors.elsevier.com/sd/article/S0376871616301521
Website: PLuS Alliance


Ep 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.


Ep 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.

Ep 3 Related links
Paper: Drug, sex and sociality: Factors associated with the recent sharing of injecting equipment among gay and bisexual men in Australia
Paper: Mutiple strategies are required to address the information and support needs of gay and bisexual men with hepatitis C in Australia
Paper: Hepatitis C knowledge among gay and other homosexually active men in Australia 
Paper: C Change report
(PDF)
Article: Network nannies, folk pharmacology and lay experts
Project: The 3D project


Ep 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!

Ep 2 Related Links:
Kirby Institute, UNSW
Issue 3 of the Hepatitis C Treatments Newsletter, Kirby Institute
(PDF)
For further info on hep C: 
Australian Injecting & Illicit Drug Users League (AIVL)
Hepatitis Australia 


Ep 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...

Ep 1 Related Links:
Website: Centre for Social Research in Health, Arts & Social Sciences, UNSW
Website: Australian Injecting & Illicit Drug Users League (AIVL)
Campaign: Save AIVL
Article: Peer distribution of sterile injecting equipment: UNSW and Monash research supports recent change of laws in three Australian jurisdictions

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