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Peter Doherty: An Insider’s Plague Year
‘I’ve worked on aspects of infection and immunity for almost six decades, I am an insider.’
With a lengthy and highly-awarded career in research and medicine, including the 1996 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his work in immunology research, Peter Doherty knows infectious diseases like no other. Throughout 2020, as the world grappled with the impact of Covid-19…
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Better Off Dead
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Andrew Denton investigates the stories behind Victoria’s landmark Voluntary Assisted Dying (VAD) law: Who seeks to use it, and why? Who are the doctors stepping forward to help them? And how does the church continue to resist a law it describes as ‘evil’?
Co-produced by Go Gentle Australia and the Wheeler Centre, season two of Better Off Dead looks at what happened in Victoria after the legislation came into effect in June 2019.
"It’s not an easy process. But neither should it be. This is the ending of a life. And it ought to be treated in a serious manner – because it's a serious thing to do." – Former Supreme Court Justice, Betty King, now Chair of the Voluntary Assisted Dying Review Board.
Please note: this podcast is not about suicide. If you are interested in increasing your understanding of suicide and how to support someone experiencing suicidal ideation, visit Conversations Matter or BeyondBlue.
If you (or someone you know) require immediate assistance, contact one of the following 24/7 crisis support services: Lifeline (13 11 14), Suicide Call Back Service (1300 659 467), MensLine (1300 78 99 78), beyondblue (1300 22 4636), Kids Helpline (1800 55 1800) or eheadspace (1800 650 890).In this episode
In order of appearance: Andrew Denton, Katie Harley, Dr Kristin Cornell, Jean Caliste, Dr Greg Mewett, Dr Cameron McLaren, Professor Michael Dooley, Former Justice Betty King QC, Molly Carlile AM, Archbishop Mark Coleridge, Dr Andrea Bendrups, Lisa Hogg.
Better Off Dead season two is produced by the Wheeler Centre and Go Gentle Australia
Writer, Co-Producer and Host: Andrew Denton (Go Gentle Australia)
Series Co-Producer and Script Editor: Bethany Atkinson-Quinton (The Wheeler Centre)
Associate Producers: Kiki Paul and Steve Offner (Go Gentle Australia)
Audio Editor and Engineer: Martin Peralta
Production Assistant: Alex Gow (The Wheeler Centre)
Marketing: Emily Harms (The Wheeler Centre), Steve Offner (Go Gentle Australia) and Frankie Bennett (Go Gentle Australia)
Publicity: Debbie McInnes (DMCPR Media)
Episode Pages: Mia McAuslan (The Wheeler Centre)
Commissioning Editors: Kiki Paul (Go Gentle Australia) and Caro Llewellyn (The Wheeler Centre)
Theme music: ‘Loydie’s Angel’, written and performed by Jordan Laser
Listen to Better Off Dead season one here, and subscribe in iTunes, or via your favourite podcast app.
9 How to Make Your Doctor Listen
If you live with an illness for long enough, you become something of an expert in it – at the very least, in how it affects your body. Sometimes, though, doctors don’t take your expertise seriously. They’re the experts, after all, and they’re used to having the power in these interactions. This is why it's important to learn how to advocate for yourself or find someone to advocate for you.
In this episode of Pill Pop, hosts Silvi and Izzie speak with physiotherapist, PhD candidate, and health communication researcher, Louisa Walsh. They speak about her experience advocating for herself and others as a person with Cystic Fibrosis and a double lung transplant recipient.
Content warning: this episode includes discussions of physical and mental illness, hospitals, medical trauma.Further reading Using Social Media to Facilitate Consumer Engagement in Health Service Improvement, Louisa Walsh's PhD research, La Trobe University Impure Science: AIDS, Activism, and the Politics of Knowledge by Steven Epstein, published 1996, University of California Press Get in touch
We want to hear from our listeners! Tweet us your own health advocacy stories at @PillPopCast, or send us an email at email@example.com.
Hosted, produced and edited by Silvi Vann-Wall and Izzie Austin. PhD Candidate, physiotherapist, and lecturer Louisa Walsh 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' and 'More on That Later' by Lee Rosevere. Sound effects sourced from SoundSnap and Klankbeeld.Transcript
A transcript of this episode will be available soon.
The Leap Year
21 Ahmed Dini on the towers
Ahmed Dini is an African youth community leader, who lives in one of the nine Melbourne public-housing towers that underwent hard lockdown in July. In this episode, he speaks with Sally about the shock and the lingering implications for residents detained in their homes without warning, and about the dissonance between Victoria’s progressive self-image and the harsher reality laid bare by Covid-19.
The Leap Year
13 Kara Baker on Covid and clothing
Kara Baker is a fashion designer, whose business stopped dead on 13 March this year, when a host of major events including Melbourne Fashion Festival were cancelled.
In this episode, she talks with Sally about how major historical events influence the evolution of fashion, how the pandemic might change outdated and unsustainable fashion business models and how women might want to burn their leggings after lockdown.
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