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Whether you’re negotiating a medical certificate for time off work, or you're back in the clinic every fortnight because this latest medication works a bit better than the last but you’re wondering if the dry mouth is worth it – you’ve been to a doctor. Maybe it’s been fine, maybe it’s been … less than fine. And if you're not a white, cis-het able-bodied person with no history of mental illness, your experiences of the medical system could range from being excellent to being very bad indeed.

In this episode of Pill Pop, hosts Silvi and Izzie interview Hayden Moon about navigating the medical system as a chronically ill Brotherboy – and about the best and the worst they’ve seen in the medical system.

'They've gone to the doctor for a cold, or because they've hurt their wrist – and the doctor asked them, "What's it like … being a lesbian?"'

Hayden Moon

Hayden Moon (he/they) is a Wiradjuri Brotherboy, PhD candidate, Pinnacle scholar and competitive Irish dancer. He has worked with the Trans and Gender Diverse Community Advisory Group (ACON), TransHub and Trans Action Warrang to ensure young trans and gender diverse people have the tools they need to navigate their transition and beyond.

Content warning: this episode includes discussions of transphobia, racism, severe physical and mental illness, hospitals, and medical trauma.

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In this episode

Hosted, produced and edited by Silvi Vann-Wall and Izzie Austin. PhD candidate, trans activist and Wiradjuri Brotherboy Hayden Moon is our guest.

Recorded at Studio 757, Melbourne and Silvi and Izzie's respective home offices. This series is produced in partnership with the Wheeler Centre's Signal Boost programme. Mentorship and production support from Bec Fary.

Music: 'Dip Dop' by Barrie Gledden; 'Sad Marimba Planet', 'Thought Bubbles' and 'More on That Later' by Lee Rosevere; Night In Venice by Kevin MacLeod under the Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) license. Sound effects sourced from


A transcript of this episode will be available soon.


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 Hayden Moon

Hayden Moon

Hayden Moon is an out and proud 26 year old Queer, legally blind, transmasculine person. He is a PhD candidate in Theatre and Performance Studies at the University of Sydney, a Pinnacle Foundation Scholar and a competitive Irish dancer.

In any spare time he can find, he advocates for the LGBTQIA+, disabled and First Nations communities through his roles in various activist collectives. He also consults with LGBTQIA+ organisations such as ACON and The LGBTI Health Alliance. In 2020, Hayden was awarded the Out For The Next Generation – Student of the Year award in Out For Australia’s 30 Under 30 Awards. 

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.