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Sex, Lies & Pharmaceuticals: the merging of marketing and medical science

As the search for the so-called ‘Pink Viagra’ continues, controversy surrounds the nature of the medical ‘condition’ such a pill would treat. Do women with a low libido really have a disease called ‘hypoactive-sexual desire disorder’? Does it really affect one-in-ten women as drug companies claim?

Award-winning investigative journalist Ray Moynihan reveals how pharmaceutical marketing is merging with medical science, inexorably expanding the boundaries of illness to grow markets for the latest medicines.

Lunchbox/Soapbox is a simple idea; an old-fashioned Speakers’ Corner in the middle of the city, in the middle of the day. A weekly piece of polemic for lunching folk to chew on. BYO lunch.

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Portrait of Ray Moynihan

Ray Moynihan

Ray Moynihan is a health journalist, author, documentary-maker and academic researcher with a global reputation.

Lunchbox / Soapbox

We love exploring ideas at the Wheeler Centre, and encouraging others to do the same. That’s why every Thursday lunchtime we hand the microphone over to the great thinkers, dreamers and orators of our time.

With a dazzling range of passionate speakers and unusual topics, our soapbox provides a platform for the eclectic, topical and enlightening stories you won’t hear elsewhere. This is the most memorable lunch break you’ll have all week.

If you’re in need of sustenance of body as well as mind, the MOAT lunch cart will be serving delicious $10 lunchboxes in the Performance Space from 12.20pm.


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