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 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 commitment 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 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.
Alison is a registered pharmacist with an interest in harm reduction. As an owner of Spreydon Pharmacy from 1986 for 27 years, Alison was one of the early participants in the needle exchange program. She has also been a board member of the Rodger Wright Trust for many years. Alison currently works as a locum pharmacist in many pharmacies around Christchurch. This has been great experience and has given her an interesting look at many different pharmacies, both big and small, in many different areas of the city. Alison was also involved in the start-up of the mobile pharmacist team at Canterbury Community Pharmacy Group (CCPG) and was thrilled and privileged to be able to return to the team to work closely with patients and fellow health care providers to ensure they are getting the best health care.
Director Māori Development - University of Otago
Tuari Potiki has had a rich involvement across the education, justice, mental health and Māori health sectors for well over 25 years. Before taking his current position as the Director of the University of Otago’s Office of Māori Development in 2012, Tuari was previously the General Manager of Strategic Operations with the Alcohol Advisory Council of New Zealand and the Deputy Chief Executive of the Ngāi Tahu Development Corporation. Of Kāi Tahu, Kāti Mamoe and Waitaha descent, Tuari is also the Chairman of the Drug Foundation. He has also served as a Board Member of the Southern District Health Board, the Canterbury District Health Board and the Canterbury Community Trust. In 2013, Tuari was appointed to the Ministerial Forum on Alcohol Advertising and Sponsorship. He has also previously been an Executive Member of the Drug and Alcohol Practitioners Association of Aotearoa New Zealand (DAPAANZ). He was also the Senior Māori Advisor to the National Addiction Centre who sit within the University of Otago.
Professor of Public Health, University of Otago
Professor Michael Baker is a public health physician and professor of public health at the University of Otago, Wellington. Michael has been described as ‘the founding architect of the NEP’. While in the Minister of Health’s office in 1986-87 he worked with the community of injecting drug users, enlightened politicians and a range of organisations to facilitate a law change leading to establishment of the NEP in 1988. He describes this as ‘health promotion in action’ with healthy public policy finally catching up with the need to strengthen community organisations and create supportive environments to reduce the harm caused by a lack of clean injecting equipment in NZ. Seeing the power of good public policy encouraged Michael to pursue a career in public health medicine His work since then has included a strong focus on infectious diseases, housing and health and environmental health. He has authored more than 250 papers on these topics and contributes to a range of national and international research and policy organisations.
Principal Public Health Officer, Queensland Health, Australia
2018 marks 30 years of my involvement with harm reduction policy and practice in both New Zealand and Australia, starting with the development of the first Needle Exchange Programme in Auckland in 1988 and was appointed to the National Council on AIDS in 1990. Over the course of the next decade Robert was involved in a number of projects intended to develop the evidence base and strengthen drug related harm reduction services including; developing and undertaking the first national study of injecting behaviours and prevalence of HCV, HBV and HIV among people who inject drugs in New Zealand, establishment of the first community based HCV outreach clinic, organisation of the national opioid treatment conferences and developing and publishing both the consumers and health professional’s guides to methadone treatment.
Pharmacist/Owner Ferry Road Pharmacy, NZ
Chris Chapman is the owner pharmacist at Ferry Road Pharmacy situated in the suburb of Phillipstown in Christchurch. Chris received his BPharm at Otago University and returned home to Christchurch, buying Ferry Road Pharmacy in 2006. Chris' practice has a heavy harm reduction focus with Ferry Road, at times, being the largest pharmacy outlet for needle exchange in New Zealand as well as providing services to a large group of OST clients. Chris is a member of NAOTP and has been involved in the Canterbury Clinical Network led process "The Pharmacy Integration Design Group - Mental Health". Chris volunteers at the Phillipstown Community Hub and is currently a member of the Phillipstown Neighbourhood Safety Panel. Chris works in a community suffering economic and drug use challenges. His professional responsibilities have combined with his duties as nominated director for a co-located PostShop/Bank to allow him to provide an interesting perspective in providing effective client-focused services that cover a range of areas of access, system navigation, and integration.