Half a Million Steps: Documentary screening and panel discussion

Date Published: 
6 November 2019
Target Sites: 
The Kirby Institute (Please do not publish without approval prior)
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Event date: 
18 November 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Location: 
The Roundhouse, Anzac Parade, Kensington, NSW 2052
Event Type: 
Film
Cost: 
Free
Contact for inquiries: 
NDARC.Events@unsw.edu.au
Booking deadline: 
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The National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC), Social Policy Research Centre (SPRC), Kirby Institute (KI) and Centre for Social Research in Health (CSRH) are hosting a free screening of the documentary Half a Million Steps followed by a panel discussion at UNSW Sydney on Monday, 18 November 2019.

Half A Million Steps Trailer from UCA Synod of NSW & ACT on Vimeo.

In October 2018, a group of 100 people participated in the Long Walk to Treatment, a Uniting Church initiative to raise awareness of the lack of drug treatment services in regional NSW. The Long Walk to Treatment was a trek from Dubbo in central-west NSW to Sydney that delivered an open letter to NSW Parliament urging that effective drug treatment be available to all.

The journey was filmed for a powerful documentary, Half a Million Steps that shares the personal stories behind a movement to reform drug laws and policy and make treatment available to all.

The documentary screening will be followed by a panel discussion facilitated by Professor Alison Ritter, Director of the Drug Policy Modelling Program at SPRC, UNSW Sydney.

Panellists include:

  • Dr Suzie Hudson, Clinical Director, The Network of Alcohol and other Drugs Agencies (NADA)
  • Professor Carla Treloar, Director, CSRH and SPRC, UNSW Sydney
  • Ms Liz Gal, Personal Coach, Recovery Advocate and AOD Support Worker
  • Dr Kerry Chant, Chief Health Officer and Deputy Secretary, Population and Public Health, NSW Health