Mr Chris Gough
Canberra Alliance for Harm Minimisation and Advocacy (CAHMA)

Mr Chris Gough is Executive Director of the Canberra Alliance for Harm Minimisation and Advocacy (CAHMA) and The Connection health service. He holds a Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Honours in entomology and developmental parasitology from the University of Queensland. He has over ten years of experience in the blood borne virus and alcohol, tobacco and other drug sectors, and has identified as a person who uses drugs for 25 years. Chris’ expertise centres around peer and consumer driven programming including peer treatment support, community development, consumer navigation, health equity and empowerment, consumer representation and individual and systemic advocacy. He is passionate about true person-centred healthcare and creating a health system where there is no power imbalance between the consumer and the healthcare professional. He has worked at the Medically Supervised Injecting Centre (MSIC) and the NSW Users and AIDS Association (NUAA). Chris has served on the Boards of the Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations (AFAO), NUAA, the ACT Alcohol Tobacco and Other Drug Association (ATODA) and is currently the Secretary of the Australian Illicit and Injecting Drug Users League (AIVL).

 

Presentation: CAHMA and The Connection – As the times change: the new paradigm and people who use drugs (PWUD) role in the ACT ATOD Sector