Treatment Denied

Date: 26/08/2022
Time: 06:30 pm
Location: Take lift to Reception on, 306 Little Collins Street Building Foyer down, Level 6 The Causeway, Melbourne VIC 3000
Public/Private: Public
Individual/Organisation: Individual
Name of Organisation:
Contact: Steven Bailey
Phone: 0400419404

On Friday 26 of this month, 6:30pm, at CURATE Space in the CBD, I will be speaking for about 45 minutes about my experience with a prescription opioid use disorder as published published by the Pharmacy Guild of Australia earlier this year – Treatment Denied, No Longer. I will be focusing on on how community pharmacy and a caring GP saved my life in Melbourne after being denied treatment and misdiagnosed for many years.

As a result, I experienced numerous overdoses during a four-year period. My last one changed my life with life-long affects.
I will also talk about how my disorder made a successful young man homeless, lose everything of any worth to him, and how the stigma still stings, professionally, personally, and publicly.

I have a demonstrable record of advocacy in mental health and have campaigned for drug law reform publicly since I registered the Australian Sex Party ACT branch in 2014 as its Secretary and its lead candidate in the 2016 ACT election. I campaigned for policies that later became legislative realities and/or will be legislative realities soon – pill testing, legalisation of cannabis, and removal of punitive measures for using small quantities of schedule 9 drugs.

I have no current political affiliation or political aspirations. I won’t be launching a campaign, but I would like to speak about the merits for State and federal governments having a Minister for Substance Use Health – a portfolio that should be shared with the minister responsible for mental health.

My intention is to confront the stigma and encourage others to do the same, and praise the work being done by so many other established organisations.

I have contacted the Pharmacy Guild and may be receiving some level of support – to be confirmed by the end of this week.

As it stands, I am organising this event at my own cost. The venue has a capacity of 100 and I expect to get at least 40 people there without advertising. However, I will advertise the event as soon as I know what support, if any, I have from existing organisations.

I think the event should be moderated by someone with an understanding of addiction or by a journalist. The event will be professionally recorded. If it is helpful to existing organisations, they may have the copyright at no charge. There will be a Q&A at the end of no longer than 30 mins.

Please let me know if you are interested or can offer any support. I have chosen the 26th as I’d like the event to occur before International Overdose Awareness Day, and will be asking everyone to wear purple.
Steven Bailey

I am in the process of creating an organisation – “Treatment Denied Australia” so the public contact email will be different. During the Q&A, I would like to discuss the ideas behind the organisation: having a dedicated minister and having an organisation that represents people who believe that they are being denied medical treatment for a substance use issue.

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