Program of Event
Keynote Speakers

Shanna Whan

Sober in the Country is a national conversation led by one woman; where a rapidly growing tribe of like-minded rural Aussie peers are now gathering to openly discuss, question and positively change their relationships with alcohol. It is a campaign positively impacting thousands of rural Australians.

Founder Shanna Whan almost lost her life to alcohol and now uses a combination of this survival story, a down-to-earth approach, much humour, a national rural network and plenty of lived experience to publicly challenge the entire social license around booze in the bush. Shanna has become a national speaker, author, Rural Woman of the Year finalist, and public figure after five years of tireless advocacy for her peers in the mental health space.

Shanna says “I actually represent many, many rural men and women in a similar boat. The only difference is that I choose to speak openly and candidly about my story. Because not even nearly enough is being done in this space for our peers. So, I decided to call that out and to basically be the change that was so very overdue and necessary.”