Addicted? How addiction affects every one of us and what we can do about it

Matt Noffs & Kieran Palmer In Conversation with Laura Tchilinguirian

Sunday 26 August 2018
2.30PM – 3.30PM
Visions Theatre
National Museum of Australia

Addiction to smartphones, sex, games, social media, gambling, money, alcohol and drugs – this book is about addictions of all kinds. It journeys across the spectrum of addictive behaviours. It debunks the myth that all addiction is identical and predictable. It offers personal accounts from inspirational people who have found themselves in the grips of such addictions, and their amazing stories of survival. Matt Noffs and Kieran Palmer In Conversation with ABC Canberra’s Laura Tchilinguirian.

Matt Noffs  is the co-founder of the Street Universities and CEO of Noffs Foundation, Australia’s largest drug and alcohol treatment service provider for young people under 25. The Noffs Foundation is a leader in providing drug and alcohol services for young people in Australia. Working in the social sector has been part of Matt’s life for as long as he can remember. The Noffs Foundation was founded in 1970 by his grandfather, Reverend Ted Noffs and Margaret Noffs. The couple established Sydney’s The Wayside Chapel, set up the first drug referral centre in Sydney and co-founded Lifeline in 1963. As CEO of the Noffs Foundation for a new generation, Matt, with his partner Naomi, established and now runs an early intervention service known as The Street University, in Sydney’s West and Southwest, which aims to reconnect kids with their communities and help them discover their innate capacity. Kieran Palmer  is the clinical programs manager at Ted Noffs Foundation where he started as a frontline worker over a decade ago. He is a psychologist and a leader in the field of youth mental health, drugs and alcohol. Kieran lives in Sydney but works across Australia. 

Laura Tchilinguirian was born and raised in Sydney and moved to the ACT at the age of 19 to study Communications at the University of Canberra.  She developed a passion for radio while volunteering at Canberra community radio station CSPR (now ArtSoundFM) in the early 90s. During her seven years in Canberra, Laura worked in the news rooms at Mix 106.3 and 2CC/2CA, covering major stories including the Thredbo landslide and the Canberra Hospital implosion. Laura has been a presenter and producer at ABC NewsRadio since 2009 and at the end of 2016 Laura returned to the ACT as a presenter on ABC Radio Canberra.