ONLINE Talking Point - Jenny Valentish - Wednesday 2 August 2017

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TALKING POINT’S next free seminar presents:

Jenny Valentish, author of Woman of Substances: a Journey into Addiction and Treatment, in conversation with Dr Naomi Crafti

DATE: Wednesday 2nd August 2017

TIME: 1:00pm – 2:00pm EST


Jenny Valentish is the author Woman of Substances, published in June 2017 by Black Inc. It draws on 300 studies and 35 firsthand interviews for a gendered look at addiction, and has received coverage in The Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian, The Guardian, The Monthly, Vice, Radio National’s Big Ideas and Life Matters, Mornings with Jon Faine, Richard Fidler’s Conversation Hour and more.

Jenny is the former editor of Time Out Melbourne and Triple J’s Jmag, and a regular contributor to The Age, The Monthly and the Saturday Paper, for whom she has written about AOD researchers ‘outing’ themselves as consumers; the logistics of updating AA; the problems faced by ED/AOD clients; cross-sensitisation and more. She has a graduate certificate in Alcohol and Other Drugs from Turning Point and is one of the team behind AOD Media Watch, dedicated to the critical analysis of stories that contain misinformation or perpetuate stigma.


Jenny's conversation with Naomi Crafti will cover the challenges and personal risks of writing about lived experience, as well as navigating the ensuing press coverage and examining media tropes of women who use drugs. Jenny will share her findings in the areas of self-medication and the pathologising of women; will discuss where women fit it into treatment paradigms, and ask if there is a paucity of gender-specific research.


There is no cost to attend online the Talking Point Seminar Series but registrations are essential.

If you have any enquiries about the event please contact Anna Guthrie on (03) 8413 8486.

**Final day of online registration is Monday 31st August 2017 at 9am for event on Wednesday 2nd August at 1pm EST.

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