Fiona Patten was a member of the Victorian parliament in Australia from 2014 to 2022. She campaigned on harm reduction policies for 30 years and ran the adult industry association (Eros) for 20 years. She initiated and delivered reforms including voluntary assisted dying, abortion law reform, the decriminalisation of sex work and drug law reform.
Since leaving parliament she has continued to work on social reform issues including medicinal cannabis, drug harm reduction including for tobacco, criminal justice reform and greater separation of church and state.
In 2018 she published her autobiography -‘Sex, Drugs and the Electoral Roll’. She is also the owner of a registered wildlife sanctuary.
- United Kingdom
Since graduating with a degree in Politics and Government in 1978, Paddy has worked in a number of aspects of public health and social care, including alcohol and drug services, the probation service and public health advocacy. In addition to these he has worked in event management, including directing five editions of the International Harm Reduction conference. Since 2012 he has been mainly involved in the development and promotion of Tobacco Harm Reduction, including directing the Global Forum on Nicotine.