NAPWHA HIV Self-Testing, Uncle Riyad's Hunger Strike for Gaza, Uncle Ihab's Sit-Intifada, Rihab Charida MEAA statement, VAADA Surge in Fatal Overdoses in Victoria, 'Everybody's Home Campaign'

Thursday, 16 November 2023 - 7:00am to 8:30am
Uncle Ihab from Sit-Intifada on Wed 15 Nov 2023. Uncle Ihab is wearing black and white and black Keffiyeh holding a microphone next to three Palestinian flags, with trees, sunset and trams behind him.

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Beau Newham - NAPWHA


Beau Newham from NAPWHA - the National Associtation of People with HIV - joins us to discuss the recent launch of free nation-wide HIV self-testing kits available for home delivery, an initiative in partnership with Queensland Positive People. Beau is the project lead of the national HIV self-testing project at NAPWHA. Find out more about HIV self-testing and order a kit by heading to //


Uncle Riyad - Block The Dock


Uncle Riyad Aladassi is a Narrm/Melbourne-based Palestinan nurse who is currently on hunger strike for 7 days as of today, at Webb Dock Drive in Port Melbourne. Riyad who is leading the protests & Camp out at the dock, which successfully prevented at least one ZIM truck which was transferring Israeli weapons on Wed 8th of November, is on hunger strike in solidarity with his people in Gaza. “If my people don’t eat, I will not eat- until my demands are met or I die.” //


Uncle Ihab @ the Sit-Intifada


On Tuesday this week, Priya caught up with Ihab, a Palestinian activist who has staged the Sit-Intifada on the steps of Victorian Parliament calling for justice for Palestine and an end to the genocide in Gaza. As of today, Ihab has been conducting this peaceful protest for 32 days straight. //


Rihab Charida - independent filmmaker and MEAA member


Palestinian media artist, documentary filmmaker, writer and producer Rihab Charida joins us to discuss the recent publication of a statement of solidarity with Palestine developed by rank and file members of the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance or MEAA. While the MEAA released its own official statement on the 'Israel and Palestine crisis' on November 6th, rank and file members have united to call for stronger action by their union on Palestine solidarity, including with regard to the protection of journalists and cultural workers, implementation of boycott, divestment and sanctions measures against Israel, and mobilisation of members in support of Palestine. The statement is published in Overland, and is still open to signatures from MEAA members wishing to express solidarity with Palestine. //


Scott Drummond - VAADA


Scott Drummond program manager of Victorian Alcohol and Drug Association, peak for the Victorian AOD treatment sector is here to chat about the surge in fatal overdoses in Victoria during 2022 as detailed in the data released by the Coroners Court of Victoria. Heroin related fatal overdoses were the highest since 2000, with the City of Melbourne having the highest number of heroin related fatal overdoses 24 in 2022, which is two people every month who die from a preventable death, just in the City of Melbourne. The soaring number of fatal overdoses is indicative of a preventable crisis with harm reduction measures such as Overdose Prevention Centres and Drug Testing urgently required to save lives. //


Maiy Azize - Anglicare

"Everybody's Home" is a national housing campaign that this week called for one in ten houses to be social housing over the next decade as a measure to end homelessness in Australia, and has recommended the 10 per cent target in it's submission on the National Housing and Homelessness Plan which is expected to be released next year. This morning we will be having a conversation with the spokesperson from the "Everybody's Home" campaign Maiy Azize about their recommendations and the federal government response to homelessness. //