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Webinar

Jack Freestone

The GHB Cultures, Practices and Experiences Study

by Insight

  • date & time

    Wed. 15 Jun 2022
    10:00 am – 11:00 am
    AEST (QLD time)

  • location

    Online

This presentation will overview findings from the first phase of the GHB Cultures Practices and Experiences Study, a qualitative study conducted with 31 sexuality and gender diverse people across Australia. Research findings relate to the context and cultures of GHB use, the experience and understandings of GHB related pleasures and harms. Harms reported related to GHB overdose, hospitalisation and sexual violence.

Jack is a PHD student at the Kirby Institute at UNSW and the Manager of AOD Research and Development Programs at ACON. Jack’s PhD research comprises of two projects addressing substance use among sexuality and gender diverse communities. In partnership with NCCRED, Thorne Harbour Health and the Western Australian AIDS Council Jack is conducting a multiphase national research project investigating GHB use in LGBTQ communities. This research will focus on the experience of GHB overdose with a view to generating evidence informed and peer led prevention responses. Additionally, in his role at ACON Jack has co-developed a peer led brief intervention program addressing harms associated with sexualised drug use among gay and bisexual men, transgender women, and non-binary people. Throughout his PhD candidature, Jack will monitor and evaluate this program of work. Prior to commencing his PhD, Jack worked as the Manager of Alcohol and Other Drug Programs at ACON. He has worked with LGBTQ communities across the fields of health promotion, service delivery and evaluation, community development and volunteer management for over seven years.


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