This programme is provisional until we confirm details of the last few speakers. Updated: 22 April 2021.
DAY 1, WEDNESDAY 12 MAY
9:00 Mihiwhakatau & Opening address from Minister of Health Hon Andrew Little.
9:45 Morning tea
10:15 A global shift to health after the war on drugs
Executive Director of NZ Drug Foundation Sarah Helm will interview Helen Clark, chair of the 26-member Global Commission on Drug Policy, and former Prime Minister of New Zealand about global progress towards a health-based approach to drug policy and practice.
10.45 The road to perdition: how science paves the way for the drug war
Professor Joseph Boden, Director of the Christchurch Health and Development Study, University of Otago.
11.15 Progress from across the ditch
Fiona Patten, Member for Northern Metropolitan Region in the Parliament of Victoria's Legislative Council and Leader of the Reason Party, will give us a progress update on Victoria and Australia’s path to health.
11.45 The politics of taking a health-based approach to drugs
A panel discussion on the politics of shifting to a health-based approach to drugs.
12.30 Lunch & networking
1.30 Short snapshots from the field
This session shows examples of promising health-based approaches in the field as good examples of what a health-based approach currently could look like in Aotearoa.
2.30 Imagining a comprehensive health-based approach to drugs: Policy
What would our policies, laws and regulations look like if we had a comprehensive health-based approach to drugs?
3.15 Stretch legs/afternoon tea
3.30 Stigma is a barrier on the road to health
How addressing stigma can help shift the dial to a health-based approach
4.30 Before the war on drugs
We will play a pre-recorded interview with Johann Hari, a British writer who has authored two New York Times best-selling books. His first book, ‘Chasing the Scream: the First and Last Days of the War on Drugs’, was adapted into the Golden Globe-nominated film ‘The United States Vs Billie Holiday’.
Then Russell, alongside Tuari Potiki, will share their knowledge of drug regulation and use in Aoteaora ‘before the war on drugs’.
5.30 Cocktails & networking
Seedlip are the world’s first distilled non-alcoholic spirit, solving the ever-growing dilemma of ‘what to drink when you’re not drinking’. Seedlip are working with parliament’s caterers to develop a series of both non-alcoholic and alcoholic food and drink pairings for an evening of
Mix and mingle with MP’s, the press gallery and symposium attendees.
DAY 2, THURSDAY 13 MAY
9.00 Imagining a comprehensive health-based approach to drugs: Practice
What services, interventions and approaches to drug harm with drug users would be in place if we had a comprehensive health-based approach to drugs?
10.00 Morning tea
10.30 International speakers
11.00 What does a health-based approach to methamphetamine look like – what's working and what's missing?
Rewired– Seb Stewart, Lead Facilitator
12.15 Lunch and networking
1.15pm Health-based approaches in a range of settings: workplaces, justice, correction, housing, festivals and hospitality.
This session is being jointly chaired by Sarah Helm and Ben Birks Ang, NZ Drug Foundation and Richard Taylor, Ministry of Health. (Closed to the media.)
3.00 Barriers to health
3.15 Break and stretch
3.30 What does a public health approach mean in the context of drugs?
Professor Papaarangi Reid, Head of Department of Māori Health at the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, University of Auckland.
4.15 Wrap up and thanks
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