Program speakers


Pia Clinton-Tarestad

Pia is a health economist who worked with Deloitte and has extensive experience in the National Health Service in the UK.  She also has lived experience of excessive alcohol use and is now recovered, thanks to going through the Clean Slate program.  She teamed up with Dr Chris Davis (GP specialising in alcohol and other drugs (AOD)) and Chris Raine (founder of Hello Sunday Morning) to found Clean Slate Clinic in 2020, hoping to make alcohol rehab accessible to all who need it, especially those in rural and regional areas.

Clean Slate Clinic is the only organisation offering home-based alcohol detox fully via telehealth across Australia, enabling people to safely go through alcohol withdrawal within the comfort of their own home, supported by a specialist clinical team.  Excessive alcohol use is widespread, with 1 in 4 people in Australia drinking at risky levels.  Being able to access withdrawal within your own home helps to overcome barriers of cost, access as well as stigma and shame.  An independent evaluation has shown the service to be highly adoptable, safe and effective, and service data to date indicates that relapse rates are significantly lower than comparable face-to-face programs at 6 months post completion.

Clean Slate Clinic is currently raising capital via a SAFE round to enable scaling up of operations and proof of concept.