Pill Pop

An audio road trip for the chronically ill.

Pill Pop is hosted by two chronically ill people – Izzie and Silvi – who take you on a road trip through chronic-illness country. Izzie was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes as a young kid, and Silvi was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis as a teenager.

We've lived the majority of our lives with illness, and now it's time to share our stories with people just like us. So hop on in to the back seat of our secondhand ambulance and buckle up for the trip of a lifetime!

At each Pill Pop Pit Stop, we'll interview a guest about their life with chronic illness, covering everything from the funny, the sad and the flat-out gross. Each episode will take you on a journey – from diagnosis, to finding a good doctor, to accepting that your illness is forever.

For anyone who's wondering what it's like to be chronically ill, we use the power of audio to fully immerse each listener in the body of our guests! It's like the episode of The Magic School Bus Ms Frizzle didn't want you to know about.

Latest episode

Listen to Bonus Episode 11 Pill Pop Live: Growing Up Disabled in Australia

Pill Pop hosts Izzie Austin and Silvi Vann-Wall alongside Jane Rosengrave, Lucy Carpenter and Carly Findlay
‘This book will change history. It’s the first of its kind in Australia. And I hope it won’t be the last. We deserve better representation in literature.’

Edited by writer, speaker and appearance activist Carly Findlay, Growing Up Disabled in Australia captures the complexity and nuance of life with disability, reflected by its diverse range of more than 40 contributors. The landmark anthology offers disabled people of all backgrounds and life experiences a chance to see themselves reflected on the page, in a world…

Produced, hosted and edited by Silvi Vann-Wall (she/her) and Izzie Austin (they/them) in partnership with the Wheeler Centre's Signal Boost programme. The show’s first season is co-produced by Beth Atkinson-Quinton and Jon Tjhia at the Wheeler Centre

Mentor and production support from Bec Fary (they/them). Recorded at Studio 757, University of Melbourne. Music and sound effects from Audio Network, Lee Rosevere, Soundsnap and Incompetech. Tile artwork by Tara McKenzie Illustration.

Get in touch: pillpoppodcast@gmail.com




'It’s so cute and fun, and I learned a lot.'

Kaitlyn Plyley, host of Just a Spoonful

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'I LOVED it, couldn’t stop giggling the whole way through!'

dee.zoe, YouTube vlogger

Portrait of Silvi Vann-Wall

Silvi Vann-Wall

Silvi Vann-Wall is an audio producer and podcaster, with a strong journalism background. She loves making weird and wonderful audio and is usually found with headphones on. She has lived with a chronic illness for ten years and this informs her current work.

Portrait of Izzie Austin

Izzie Austin

Izzie Austin is a zinester and postgraduate student who grew up in Brisbane with several cats, and now lives in Brunswick with just one cat. They are currently undertaking a PhD in cinema studies and working on Pill Pop – a podcast about chronic illnesses, including their own messed-up pancreas.

Portrait of Beth Atkinson-Quinton

Beth Atkinson-Quinton

Beth Atkinson-Quinton is the Wheeler Centre's audio producer, and a broadcaster, audio producer, and artistic programmer living and working on the unceded lands of the Kulin Nation.

Beth is the co-founder of podcast network Broadwave where she mentors emerging audio producers. Beth presents weekly storytelling show The Glasshouse on Triple R, and is the former Creative Producer of Express Media, where she managed the annual program of events, publications, prizes, and fellowships.

Portrait of Jon Tjhia

Jon Tjhia

Jon Tjhia was the Wheeler Centre’s Senior Digital Editor.

He worked on the Wheeler Centre's multimedia, editorial and digital projects from 2010–2020, including #discuss, the short-form multimedia series Housekeeping, and long-form podcast series Better Off Dead and The Messenger, which won several awards. He's a co-editor and co-founder of the Australian Audio Guide, and has been a member of Audiocraft's programming committee, the Walkley Awards' Radio/Audio Feature judging panel, the New York Festivals Radio Awards Grand Jury and ABC RN's Ian Reed Foundation committee for audio fiction/drama.

Elsewhere, Jon produces the Paper Radio literary fiction and creative non-fiction podcast, makes the occasional radio thing, writes essays and plays music with Speed Painters. In 2016, he was a top-ten finalist in Radiotopia's Podquest competition.

Better Off Dead was named Finalist at New York Festivals Radio Awards 2016. The Messenger was awarded the Grand Trophy and two Gold Medals at New York Festivals Radio Awards 2017; the 2017 UNAA Media Award for Best Radio Documentary; the 2017 Walkley Award for Radio/Audio Feature; and (with Behind the Wire's They Cannot Take the Sky), the 2017 Australian Human Rights Commission Media Award. It was also a finalist at the 2017 Quill Awards, and runner-up for the 2018 Whicker's Documentary Audio Recognition Award.

Previously, as a digital producer at ABC Radio Australia, Jon developed websites in seven languages, interviewed musicians from around the Pacific Islands, and provided multi-platform coverage of that region’s largest music festival, Fest'napuan. He’s occasionally involved in art and sound projects (including a collaborative residency in Wiluna, Western Australia, Eavesdropping at the Ian Potter Museum of Art, and the Soundhouse programme at London's Barbican Centre) and has presented, suggested and advised on sound design and audio storytelling at an armful of festivals, conferences and email threads.

He holds a BA (Cultural Studies) and MMm. The latter is an actual postnominal, although your cooking is indeed good.