Speakers, Panel Members and Workshop Presenters
Here are some of the speakers, Panellists and workshop presenters that will be giving lectures, presentations and joining panel discussions. The information will be updated regularly.
Dr Sue Bradford
Kotare Trust - NZ
Sue Bradford is a lifelong social justice activist and former Green MP (1999 – 2009). She is the subject of the recent biography Constant Radical by Jenny Chamberlain in which Sue went public for the first time about her years as an IV drug user in the early 1970s.
Sue brings to the conference a peer perspective from the years before needle exchanges existed, alongside many years working in the public policy sphere where she is a strong advocate for much improved resourcing for mental health and addiction services and a proponent of healthy drug law reform.
Dr Marianne Jauncey
Uniting MSIC - Australia
Dr Marianne Jauncey has been Medical Director of the Uniting MSIC since August 2008.
Dr Jauncey is a Public Health Physician who has worked in the drug and alcohol field since the late 1990s, including four years at the Kings Cross Kirketon Road Centre, which provides specialist health care for injecting drug users, sex workers and youth at risk.
Marianne holds a Masters in Public Health and is a Conjoint Senior Lecturer at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre UNSW, and a Clinical Senior Lecturer at Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney. Her research interests include increasing access to hepatitis C treatment for injecting drug users, drug overdose and the physiological changes that occur after drug injection. She prides herself on ensuring any research conducted at Uniting MSIC is translated into practice and makes a difference to the people involved.
AVIVA - NZ
Nicola Woodward worked as a nurse, strategist and commissioner in the UK and was at the forefront of early harm reduction initiatives, including the development of needle exchange programmes.
Nicola joined specialist family violence agency Aviva as CEO in 2011. Following the Canterbury earthquakes Nicola co-founded The Loft at Eastgate Shopping Centre in Christchurch, a multi-agency initiative that brings together a range of health and social services. Nicola is passionate about bringing purposeful social sector innovation to reform New Zealand’s response to family violence and wider social issues.
Frontline Harm Reduction and Support Worker
South Riverdale Community Health Centre – Canada
Zoe is a frontline harm reduction and support worker who is based at the South Riverdale Community Health Centre, Toronto, Canada. She coordinates the Hepatitis C program in Toronto and has been at the forefront of the overdose epidemic, among a slew of other responsibilities and commitments in her field. She is a leading harm reduction advocate and is unafraid to hold politicians to account and famously last year grilled Prime Minister Trudeau on a televised discussion panel on Canada’s lack of an effective response to the overdose crisis.
Dr Magdelena Harris
London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine - UK
Dr Magdalena Harris is an Associate Professor at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. Her expertise lies in qualitative methods and the social sciences of hepatitis C and harm reduction.
After devoting her 20’s to intensive ‘field work’ in the New Zealand injecting scene (including peer work at DIVO in Dunedin), Magdalena returned to University graduating with a PhD from the University of New South Wales, Australia. She has been based at LSHTM since 2009, where she conducts a programme of research investigating the lived experience of care, risk, treatment and prevention among people who inject drugs in the UK.
Magdalena is passionate about community engagement and building links between community and drug user organisations and social research institutions/academia. She is a trustee for the Hepatitis C Trust; associate editor for the International Journal of Drug Policy and Journal of Hepatology, Medicine and Policy; steering committee member for the London Joint Working Group on Hepatitis C and Substance Use and the European Hepatitis C Platform;. Also a board member for the Global Congress for Qualitative Health Research.
Some background about Magdalena’s roots in the NZ drug using community and how she came to work in the harm reduction field.
Professor Nicole Lee
360Edge – Australia
Nicole Lee is an internationally recognised leader in methamphetamine policy and practice. She is Director at Australia’s leading alcohol and other drug specialist consultancy, 360Edge, and Professor at the National Drug Research Institute. Nicole has published more than 100 journal articles, guidelines, chapters and books on alcohol and other drug harm reduction and treatment, and is a regular contributor to The Conversation. She currently serves on the Australian National Advisory Council on Alcohol and other Drugs (ANACAD) and is Deputy Editor on the journal Drug and Alcohol Review.
Our Panel Members
Dame Catherine Healy DNZM
National Co-ordinator - New Zealand Prostitutes’ Collective
Dame Catherine Healy is a founding member of NZPC. She played a significant role in the decriminalisation of prostitution which was achieved in NZ in 2003 and remains at the helm of NZPC as a strong advocate for sex worker rights, safety, health and well-being. She is frequently asked to contribute to discussions in relation to laws that impact on sex workers throughout the world. In 1988/9 Catherine was involved in supporting the first needle exchange in Wellington and is currently a Board member of its successor, Drugs Health and Development Project. She remains a committed supporter of the Harm Reduction movement.
Counsellor. Activist. Celebrant
Thirty one years ago Bill was one of the lead activists campaigning for the 1985-86 homosexual law reform, a campaign which was ultimately successful. More recently he was involved in a new campaign to expunge convictions under the old law from criminal records. He is also the Chair of New Zealand Needle Exchange Programme. Bill has been part of Wellington Gay Welfare Group since 1982. Co-founder of the NZ Aids Support Network 1984 & NZ AIDS Foundation 1985 and member of the Board. (NZAF Life Member 2005). He was the Chair Wellington Intravenous Drug Education 1989-90. Executive member National Association of Loss and Grief, 1996-99. Chair of Drugs Health Development Project Trust Board, Wellington, 2009- till present.