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.

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 Lancaster, Professor Alison Ritter, Matt 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.

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Produced by Joanna Holcombe

SpeakEasy Season Two

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.

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.

Ep 9 Related Links

Profile: Dr Peter Higgs
Paper: Engagement, reciprocity and advocacy: ethical harm reduction practice in research with injecting drug users
Twitter: Follow Peter: @higgspg

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.

Ep 8 Related Links

Website: National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre
Website: Drug Policy Modelling Program
Profile: Professor Alison Ritter

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.

Ep 7 Related Links
Website: Harm Reduction Australia
Website: Justice Reinvest NSW
Article: Drug testing the dole queue won't help make it shorter
Article: Decriminalisation is the only way to arrest Australia's drug policy
Article: It's time to face the music on Australia's flawed drug policy

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.

Ep 6 Related Links

Website: International Network on Hepatitis in Substance Users
Conference: INHSU 2017
Journal: INHSU and the International Journal of Drug Policy special edition – coming Sept 2018 – keep an eye out!

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.

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Ep 5 related links

Website: AOD Media Watch

Ep 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.

Ep 4 Related Links

Website: Jailbreak Radio
Facebook: Jailbreak
Website: The Last Kinection

Ep 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.

Ep 3 Related Links

Rainbow Serpent Festival
The Nest at Rainbow Serpent
Harm Reduction Victoria

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

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 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 fortnight.

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)!

Ep 8 Related Links

Article: Melbourne safe injecting room trial set to get the go-ahead
Report: Annual Report of Trends in Behaviour
Twitter: @SpeakEasy_UNSW

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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.

In order of appearance in the episode:

ExtraEasy Ep 7 Related Links

Website: INHSU17
Contact: Dr Mark Tyndall

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?

Ep 6 Related Links

Twitter: #AVHEC2017 on Twitter
Link: Cairns Heptatis Action Team facebook page

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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.

Ep 5 Related Links

Report: Cochrane Review
Article: Media reporting of the Cochrane review
Letter: The Lancet open letter from Australian academics responding to the Cochrane Review
Statement: UN and WHO joint statement on decriminalisation
Report: Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission Illicit Drug Data Report
Article: Decriminalisation is the only way to arrest Australia's drug problem

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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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Ep 4 Related Links

Article: Fentanyl test boosts dose-reduction rate, could lead to fewer overdoses
Watch: Highlights from the 25th Harm Reduction International Conference in Montreal

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.

Ep 3 Related Links

Website: PLuS Alliance
Info: Community Reference Panel
Article: Greens, health professionals hit back at festival pill testing rejectionArticle: Allowing pill testing at the Spilt Milk festival would be a big win for public health

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.

Ep 2 Related Links

Report: Australia 21: Can Australia respond to drugs more effectively and safely?

Paper: Neale, J. (2016). Iterative categorization (IC): A systematic technique for analysing qualitative data. Addiction, 111: 1096–1106.  DOI: 10.1111/add.13314

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
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
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...

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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.