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De-stigmatising Drug Addiction: From the Personal to the Professional

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The Henley Club

Level 1/8 Rankins Lane

Melbourne, VIC 3000

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Join us for an intimate discussion about drug addiction and loss. We will be joined by channel 9 journalist, Laura Turner, who lost her sister to addiction last year, and Dr Stefan Gruenert, the CEO of Odyssey House and psychologist specialising in the drug and alcohol sector.

About Laura

Laura Turner is a senior reporter for Channel Nine and returned in early 2017 from a two year stint as the US Correspondent. She has covered some of the biggest news stories in the world including the mass shooting deaths of fifty people in Orlando Florida, the election campaign of Donald Trump, and the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flights MH370 and MH17.

Laura is particularly interested in issues of social justice and it was the tragic death of her own sister from a heroin overdose which has propelled Laura to further her interest in the area of harm minimisation and drug law reform. Laura was a strong advocate of the campaign for a Medically Supervised Injecting Centre in North Richmond Victoria and often participates in marches and forums attempting to educate the public on issues surrounding addiction. Laura believes stigma plays a huge role in a person’s ability to break free from addiction and she is working toward making every person who suffers from addiction feel valued and empowered.

About Odyssey House

Odyssey House Victoria has been around since 1979 and is the largest provider of drug and alcohol rehabilitation in Victoria. They provide a range of services including residential rehabilitation; community based counselling; day rehabilitation programs; specialist child and family support; counselling and support for young people and their families; financial counselling; and accredited training in the Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) Sector. More information can be found here.


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