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01/30/2010 - 16:00
01/30/2010 - 19:00

The final report of 2009 Men who have sex with Men (MSM) Sex Survey conducted by Fridae.com indicated that 13.4% of the respondents in Singapore consumed recreational drugs (e.g. Viagra, ecstasy, poppers, methamphetamines) for sex. Yet, the communities have very little understanding on drug use, its effect and the danger of developing drug addiction. The survey also reported that MSMs on drugs are more likely to engage in unsafe sex (51% on drugs versus 29.6% no drugs)*

At the same time, oversea studies show that the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) individuals who are struggling to cope with their sexual identities, are at a higher risk of developing addictive behaviours such as drug, alcohol and sex addiction.

In Oogachaga's first community talk "Understanding Addiction" in 2010, we aim to provide basic understanding of drug, alcohol and sex addiction. This talk consists of two parts.

Part One
A presentation by Ms Marjorie Nixon from WE Care Singapore

Part Two
A panel discussion facilitated by Oogachaga and the invited panelists are:
- Ms Marjorie Nixon, Program Director, WE Care Singapore
- Mrs Juliana Toh, Clinical Director, Counselling and Care/Clinical Supervisor, Oogachaga Counselling and Support
- Ms Cynthia Chng, Head, Aftercare, Singapore Anti-Narcotics Association

Date - 30 January 2010
Time - 4 to 7pm
Venue - Jade 1 Room, ParkRoyal at Kitchener Road (PLEASE NOTE THE VENUE CHANGE)
Direction - Parkroyal at Kitchener Road is located near Farrer Park NE8 MRT Station. Please use Exit G or H.
Admission - Free

Please register at events@oogachaga.com for the event as seats are limited and we may not be able to accept walk in during the event. We will also keep you updated on more information via email.

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The presenter 
WE CARE COMMUNITY SERVICES LIMITED is the first freestanding non-denominational centre specializing in the treatment of addictive diseases in Singapore.  It provide a community based drop-in centre with facilities, programs, and counseling for all addictions including drug, alcohol, gambling, and eating disorders. It also work with family members whose lives have been affected by addictions.  

The panelists 
1. Ms Marjorie Nixon
Ms Nixon is Program Director for WE Care, Singapore’s non-denominational centre specialized in addictive diseases. She was the principal therapist of CAMP program in IMH.

2. Mrs Juliana Toh
Mrs Toh is clinical director of Counselling and Care Singapore, which is widely recognized as the pioneer counseling centre in Singapore. Ms Toh has years of experiences and training on LGBTQ communities during her sabbatical in San Francisco. She is also the clinical supervisor of Oogachaga Counseling and Support.

3. Ms Cynthia Chng
Ms Chng is head of Aftercare in Singapore Anti-Narcotics Association and has been in social services sector since 2003. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Applied Psychology with National Technological University. 

* Information from MSM 2009 Sex Survey Final Report reproduced with permission from Dr Stuart Koe, Fridae.com.

 Read the Straits Times article on this talk here.