Sydney / 1:45 pm Amsterdam / 3:45 am


Sex and Drugs in Sydney's Kings Cross + Winter Drinks

21st Aug
6:30pm to 10:00pm
Hilton Sydney - Level 1, Room 5&6, 488 George Street

Presentation Dr. Ingrid van Beek - "Sex and Drugs in Sydney's Kings Cross"

Join us for an evening with keynote speaker Dr Ingrid van Beek AM - a public health and addiction medicine physician who was the longstanding Director of the Kirketon Road Centre (KRC) until 2017. Located in Sydney’s Kings Cross, KRC has the responsibility for the prevention of HIV and other transmissible infections among sex workers and people who inject drugs. She was also the founding medical director of Australia's first 'medically supervised injecting centre', which commenced in Kings Cross in 2001.

Ingrid will provide a perspective on how public health and public order issues associated with Sydney’s epicentre of sex and drugs were approached from the late 1980s until the present time. She will also reflect on how these urban issues in Kings Cross compare to Amsterdam, where she has had both personal and professional links over many years.

Ingrid was awarded a Doctorate in Medicine in 2010 in recognition of her body of published scholarly work in the international field of Harm Reduction, and is currently a Conjoint Professor at UNSW Sydney’s Kirby Institute. Her contribution to improving the health of socially marginalised populations was recognised in 2010 when she was awarded Membership of the Order of Australia.

Members: free, Non-members: $10 cash upon arrival

Winter Drinks

Please join us after this inspirational talk for our annual winter drinks at the Marble Bar. Everyone is welcome (18+) so do bring along your (non-Dutch) friends, family and co-workers! Happy hour (house wine and beer) during the whole evening and cheese from Old Amsterdam#oldamsterdamaustralia 
Wednesday 21 August 2019
Walk in from 6:30pm
7:00pm - 8:00pm
The Winter drinks at the Marble Bar will start after the presentation.
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