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But You Don’t Look Sick

Sun 12 Sep, 2pm
State Library Victoria, Village Roadshow Theatrette

Nearly half of Australians live with a chronic illness, but many of these conditions are invisible and endured in secrecy. Triple J presenter and How to Endo author Bridget Hustwaite teams up with ABC Radio presenter and Unseen author Jacinta Parsons to speak with Jamila Rizvi about living with hidden illness. They reflect on the challenging path to diagnosis—Hustwaite with endometriosis, and Parsons with Crohn’s disease—how the medical system ignores women, and the complex dynamic between those living with illness, their bodies, and society at large.


1 hour


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Bridget Hustwaite is a triple j presenter and the author of How to Endo. Bridget was diagnosed with endometriosis in 2018 and following the outpouring of support she received for going public with her story, Bridget launched the Instagram account @endogram, which aims to educate and start conversations about endometriosis with its 34,000-plus followers.

Jacinta Parsons is a broadcaster, writer, speaker and author of memoir Unseen: The secret life of chronic illness. She is an ambassador for the Crohn’s and Colitis Association of Australia. She currently hosts Afternoons on ABC Melbourne, delivering a popular mix of art, culture and ideas.

Jamila Rizvi is Chief Creative Officer for Nine Entertainment's Future Women and a best-selling author for adults and children. She is an opinion columnist for The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald, and co-hosts two podcasts, The Weekend Briefing and Anonymous Was A Woman. Jamila lives and works on Wurundjeri land.

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