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Experience Media Training

This two-hour workshop is delivered on PowerPoint via Zoom or in-person. It’s designed to guide people with lived experience of drug use in sharing their story with the media. I’ve delivered it on behalf of SMART Recovery Australia; UnHarm (StoryLab campaign); Uniting Church (Fair Treatment campaign) and more.

I wear two hats here: as a journalist and as someone who has spoken publicly about their lived experience. We’ll cover how to create a compelling story, how to brief producers and journalists, how to do your research into a media outlet, how to deal with difficult questions and what kind of language to best use. 


I've written about drug use and treatment – or talked about my own – in The Age, the ABC, Vice, The Saturday Paper and Guardian Australia, and was a core member of AOD Media Watch, which responds to stigmatising, inaccurate and salacious reporting on drug use in the media. I sit on SMART Recovery Australia's board of directors and am chair of SMART Recovery International's Communications and Brand Committee. I'm an ambassador for Monash University's BrainPark; have completed SMART Recovery's two-day facilitator training. I have a graduate certificate in Alcohol and Other Drugs from Turning Point/Monash University, and have delivered talks at Turning Point and Uniting, which operates Australia's first safe injecting room.

Please contact me to discuss how I can help with this workshop.

Session Cost

$550 for Zoom workshop
$550 plus expenses for an in-person workshop

Let me be your media coach!