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The Social Exchange Podcast with Tony

Tony Trimingham spends time talking with Zach Rhoads - Author and founder of The Social Exchange Podcast. Listen to the podcast here:
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Vale Ray Richmond

It is with great sadness that we have learned of the death of Rev. Ray Richmond, former Minister at the Wayside Chapel. Ray played an enormous part in helping to achieve Australia‚Äôs first injecting facility. When a group of us were planning to open an injecting facility. As a trial and an act of civil disobedience, Ray provided the final piece of the jigsaw by offering the Wayside Chapel as a location for the service. The Tolerance room opened for approximately 10 days and ensured an injecting facility was added to the agenda for the 1999 NSW Drug Summit.
The Drug Summit then approved a recommendation to open one in Kings Cross which became the MSIC. During the time that the tolerance room was open, Ray Richmond and 3 drug users were arrested in a police raid on the premises. The magistrate threw out the charges and complained about the waste of time and resources.
I remember Ray as a very warm-hearted person who wanted to make a difference to the lives of the people affected by drugs and other social problems. I am pleased to have called him a friend, and he will be missed.
Tony Trimingham, OAM
Family Drug Support


Tony Trimingham talks about International Family Drug Support Day 2018.
See the website for details of events around the world here:
Family Support Group sample
This is a sample of a video project in production showing what you may experience at Family Support Groups. Watch this space for the full production in the future.
Drug Addiction: How To Help Your Child - Michael Miller & Kerryn Redpath (The Exchange)
National FDS Day - 24th February 2016
Tony Trimingham - welcome video
National FDS Day - 24th February 2016
Tony Trimingham - thankyou video
Mulgoa 2015
Interview with a parent
CAPP October 2015 - NSW Police Force
13th Community Awareness of Policing Program

Bali 9 Clemency - Tony Trimingham Radio Interview
with 2UE's Justin Smith 21 Jan 2015
Ampuni (Mercy) Concert and Vigil - Federation Square,
Melbourne, Wed 18th Feb 2015
Video 1. Damien's Story
Video 2. Dealing with Feelings
Videos 1, 2 and 3 are a series whereby Tony draws on his own experience of drugs in the family. During his personal journey and that of his experience with other families through FDS he has concluded a number of coping mechanisms of which he explains here.

Video 3. Practical Advice for Families Video 4. Tony interviewed by SKY NEWS

Video 5. Safe Injecting Centre Part 1 Video 6. Safe Injecting Centre Part 2
Videos 5 and 6 are Part 1 and Part 2 of a documentary made about the success of the Medically Supervised Injection Centre in Kings Cross, Sydney.

Video 7 - Drugs in Australia 2013 - What could we do? 
Video 7 was created on 08 August 2013 during the FDS Event 2013 celebrating the 16th Anniversary of the founding of Family Drug Support. This video relates to a section of the day devoted to an appraisal of the drug scene back in 1997, a discussion on what has been achieved since then and a panel discussion on what can and should be done now and into the future.
The panel was made up of eminent and interested persons who are, in some way, connected to various aspects of the drug and alcohol scene from the law through treatment etc. The presenter, Paul Barry, is the person who presented a drug forum on the ABC's Witness program back in 1997 when Tony was confronting the death of his son Damien and the seeming lack of facilities for the support of families of drug users.

This video starts with an abridged look at the 1997 Witness program followed by the panel discussion. 

Video 8 - Judy - A Mother's Story
Judy and Ray (members of FDS and a drug affected family) last year lost their son Daniel to a drug overdose.
In this video Judy relates the family devastation they tried to deal with, Daniel's life up to his death and her own innermost feelings of fear, despair and emptiness.

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