Half A Million Steps premiere's across NSW and the ACT
In 2016 Synod membership endorsed a plan to look at Australia’s growing drug problem. In October 2018, the Uniting Church and Uniting sought a new path for drug reform with the launch of the Fair Treatment Campaign.
The grassroots campaign is calling on government to implement the reforms that Synod has called for. Since 2016, it has been backed by more than 59 organisations, including the Law Society of NSW, the NSW Bar Association, and the NSW branch of the Health Services Union.
The campaign gained national recognition with Sir Richard Branson in attendance at the launch at Town Hall in October 2018. Following the launch, the Long Walk to Treatment again raised awareness of the lack of services in regional NSW.
The Long Walk to Treatment sought to highlight the shortage of rehabilitation services in rural and regional areas, as more than 100 people walked in relay with a baton filled with signatures calling on politicians to change policy on drug law reform.
The campaign, its stories and the walk have been captured in a powerful documentary called Half a Million Steps.
Watch the Half a Million Steps trailer here.
Join a local screening
Half A Million Steps will be premiering in Sydney and Dubbo on the following dates:
- Palace Cinema in Paddington Sydney on 13 June 2019 (RSVP here)
- Dubbo RSL on 14 June 2019 (RSVP here).
- 5 July at Synod in The Junior Academy and Performing Arts Centre, Knox Grammar School, Wahroonga.
Host a screening at your Church
If you are unable to watch the documentary at the above times and locations, you can organise screenings of the documentary in your Church after 5 July.
This is a real opportunity to engage with our members and our wider communities to work for a better and less stigmatising response to illicit drug use.
Better outcomes for those who need it
200,000 Australians per year are currently refused treatment for addiction. That means we are turning away half of those who need it. The Fair Treatment campaign is asking for better outcomes for those people bringing together the best thinking from the sector with those who have lived experience, to help Australia lead the world in treating addiction.
For more information or make arrangements for a local screening, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website for more information.