WORD FOR WORD FESTIVAL - Panel Discussion - Hidden Illness

Word for Word Festival

Event Date: 
22 November 2020
Author / Presenters: 
Jacinta Parsons, Karen Hitchcock, Astrid Edwards & David McCooey

Nearly half of Australians live with a chronic illness, but most of these conditions are not obvious and are often endured in secrecy. In this discussion we explore what it is like for people living with an invisible illness and what it means for their quality of life and mental health over time. Modern medicine has improved our lives in so many ways, but has that also created a perception that illness is something that can always be fixed with a pill or procedure? Who perpetuates those beliefs? Join us for this fascinating discussion with ABC broadcaster Jacinta Parsons (Unseen: The Secret World of Chronic Illness), doctor and writer Karen Hitchcock (The Medicine: A Doctor’s Notes) and writer, podcaster, contributor to the forthcoming 2021 anthology Growing Up Disabled in Australia, and National Advocate for MS Australia, Astrid Edwards.

Panel discussion with Deakin University’s David McCooey.