Half a Million Steps: Documentary Screening

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The Roundhouse

Anzac Parade

Kensington, NSW 2052


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You're invited to a free screening of the documentary "Half a Million Steps"

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In October 2018, as part of the Fair Treatment campaign, 100 supporters walked the 500,000 steps from Dubbo to deliver a message to NSW Parliament in Sydney – highlighting how far a person in regional NSW may have to travel to reach the drug treatment they need.

This Long Walk to Treatment has now been made into a powerful and moving documentary telling the personal stories behind a movement to reform drug laws and policy and make treatment available to all.


The screening will be followed by a panel discussion.

Opening Address: Professor Eileen Baldry

Deputy Vice-Chancellor Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, UNSW Sydney

Professor Eileen Baldry is Deputy Vice-Chancellor Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and Professor of Criminology at UNSW Sydney. Her research focuses on social justice and includes mental health and cognitive disability in the criminal justice system; criminalised women and Indigenous Australian women and youth; education, training and employment for prisoners and ex-prisoners; homelessness and transition from prison; Indigenous justice and social work; community development and social housing; and disability services.

Event MC: Professor Alison Ritter

Director, Drug Policy Modelling Program (DPMP), Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW Sydney

Professor Alison Ritter is an internationally recognised drug policy scholar and the Director of the Drug Policy Modelling Program (DPMP) at the Social Policy Research Centre (SPRC) at the University of New South Wales. She leads a multi-disciplinary program of research on drug policy. The goal of the work is to advance drug policy through improving the evidence-base, translating research and studying policy processes.

Panellists include:

Dr Suzie Hudson

Clinical Director, The Network of Alcohol and other Drugs Agencies (NADA)

Dr Suzie Hudson is an accredited mental health Social Worker who has a PhD in public health and community medicine. With over 20 years’ clinical experience, she has worked, developed and managed alcohol and drug services both in Australia and overseas. As the current Clinical Director at NADA, passionate about enhancing the capacity of the AOD treatment sector, Suzie also maintains a private counselling consulting and clinical supervision practice.

Professor Carla Treloar

Director, Centre for Social Research in Health and Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW Sydney

Scientia Professor Carla Treloar is Director of the Centre for Social Research in Health and the Social Policy Research Centre at UNSW, Sydney. Her work crosses disciplines of health psychology, sociology, public health and health services research in the fields of drug use and drug treatment, hepatitis C, experience of incarceration, and in Aboriginal health.

Ms Roz Hennesy

Drug Law Reform Advocate and Fair Treatment Campaign volunteer

Roz is a volunteer with the Fair Treatment campaign who has spent 23 of her 36 years battling drug and alcohol dependency, including 10 years seeking treatment. Roz participated in the Long Walk to Treatment, delivering the baton in the Blue Mountains. Roz is a passionate advocate for drug law reform and more treatment options for those still struggling addiction.

Dr Kerry Chant

Deputy Secretary, Population and Public Health and Chief Health Officer, NSW Health

Dr Kerry Chant leads the Population and Public Health Division which has accountabilities for a broad portfolio of issues, including tobacco control, reduction of risk drinking and obesity, the promotion of physical activity, end of life care and organ donation. She has a particular interest in the response to HIV, hepatitis C and hepatitis B and Aboriginal Health.

To attend this free screening, please click the Register button

This event is hosted by:

National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, UNSW

Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW

Centre for Social Research in Health, UNSW

The Kirby Institute, UNSW

This documentary is part of the Fair Treatment campaign spearheaded by Uniting, which calls for drug law reform and enhanced access to treatment and harm reduction services in NSW and ACT.

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Kensington, NSW 2052


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