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.
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.
- 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