The members of the NADA Practice Leadership Group are clinical practitioners, and are considered leaders in their fields, as evidenced by their professional backgrounds, accreditation status and clinical experience. The network informs the development of NADA policy and advocacy, and sector program development in relation to sector clinical and therapeutic practices.
Clinical director, NADA
Dr Suzie Hudson is an accredited mental health social worker with over 20 years’ clinical experience in the fields of AOD, mental health and forensics. Suzie has worked, developed and managed community based and residential AOD services both in Australia and overseas. Suzie has a PhD in public health and community medicine. Suzie interest lies in women’s issues, stimulant drug use and client outcomes.
Nurse manager, WHOs
Carolyn Stubley is a registered nurse with extensive experience in the AOD and mental health fields, and has worked with opioid substitution treatment (OST) for 17 years. Carolyn set up dispensing services at WHOs Rozelle, enhanced relationships with community providers and coordinated harm reduction strategies across seven WHOs programs. Carol’s expertise lies in OST, hepatitis C prevention and treatment, therapeutic community programs and harm reduction. She has attained a Master of Health Service Management.
Group manager clinical services NSW, Lives Lived Well
Michele Campbell is responsible for development, delivery and governance of a portfolio of clinical services and projects, and manages the clinical services operation for Lives Lived Well in New South Wales. Over the last 20 plus years she has worked in a variety of residential and non-residential services across the inner city and rural areas. Michele is particularly interested in service delivery in rural and remote areas, workforce development, practice-based research and innovative approaches to engaging marginalised populations. She holds qualifications in psychology, counselling and strategic organisational development.
Associate professor and Deputy head of school (Research), University of Wollongong
Dr Peter Kelly is an Associate Professor and Deputy Head of School (Research) at the School of Psychology, University of Wollongong. He is a registered clinical psychologist and member of the Australian Psychological Society College of Clinical Psychologists. Widely published in peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters, his interest lies in translating research into practice and co-occurring mental health and AOD issues. Prior to completing his PhD, Dr Kelly was employed as the chief executive officer at Kedesh Rehabilitation Services.
Senior psychologist, Triple Care Farm
Lauren Mullaney has worked in the AOD sector for approximately 10 years, and is registered as a psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). Lauren believes that everyone has the capacity to change, given the right tools and support to achieve their goals. Lauren is an advocate for staff and sector development and growth, as she believes that this has the potential to positively impact the treatment provided to people engaging with services. She is passionate about working with young people, the health of the workforce, and in using evidence based practices.
Clinical coordinator, SDECC
Belinda Volkov has worked in youth specific AOD for over 20 years in Sydney’s Northern Suburbs. She has a background in social sciences with a post graduate degree in addiction studies and is currently completing a Master of Social Work. Belinda is passionate about working in a family inclusive way and has been pivotal in developing models of service delivery that have been recognised both at state and national levels.
Homeless programs manager and clinical lead, Haymarket Foundation
Grace Ivy Rullis has more than 15 years’ experience working with and advocating for clients who face multiple service barriers due to lifelong complex trauma. She chairs sector lead working groups, the Collaborative Support Initiative and previously, the Sydney Women’s Homeless Alliance. Her passion lies in creating continuing support pathways for people who have experienced human services rejection. Risk environment framework, trauma informed practice and human cantered design inform her clinical expertise. Grace is a UNSW graduated social worker.
Regional manager - Reintegration housing support program, Community Restorative Centre
Paul Hardy has worked at Community Restorative Centre since 2012 when the AOD project began. He is from the UK originally and began working in the homelessness sector in London in 1999, working predominantly in outreach focused roles with people sleeping rough in central London, before moving to a building based AOD role with the NHS. Since moving to Australia Paul has mainly lived in Sydney, but has also spent time working with Aboriginal organisations in the NT.
Deputy chief executive officer, DAMEC
In her 20 years in the sector, Yasmin Iese has specialised in culturally specific and appropriate approaches to treatment. She has attained a Bachelor of Arts, a Masters in Psychiatry specialising in forensics, Post Graduate Diploma in Health Sciences, and a Post Graduate Certificate in Professional Supervision and Frontline Management. Yasmin also has extensive experience working with young CALD people, in particular people from Pacific Islander backgrounds.
Chief addiction medicine specialist, NSW Ministry of Health
Senior staff specialist in addiction medicine, St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney
Tony Gill has worked in the drug and alcohol field for over 25 years, primarily as a clinician and clinical leader. In his clinical role at St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney, he works with people with a range of AOD problems. He works clinically in the hospital setting and the outpatient/community setting. He is involved in teaching and also has experience as a clinician in rural settings.
Research, strategy and design coordinator, Youth Solutions
Emily Deans oversees Youth Solutions’ Research and Grants Program and works to embed qualitative inquiry into health promotion planning. Prior to her role with Youth Solutions, Emily formed part of a research team at Deakin University (Melbourne) concerned with preventing gambling harm among young men, and has worked at UoW’s Wellbeing Centre, which functioned as a mental health hub for students. Emily is passionate about advocacy and the basic right for all individuals to have access to the resources and support they need to make healthy life choices.
AOD case manager, Haymarket Foundation
Levii Griffiths has worked in the AOD sector for approximately four years in Sydney’s CBD. He has a background in AOD and mental health with a Diploma in AOD, Certificate IV in Mental Health and on his way to completing a Diploma in Community Services. His passion lies with helping others abstain from a life of mind-altering substances, creating supporting pathways to obtain employment and assist clients with independent living. Levii also has experience working with youth outreach to help break the cycle of people living with an AOD dependence.
Service manager and continuous quality improvement coordinator, Kedesh Rehabilitation Services
Danielle Breeze has worked in the psychology, co-occurring mental health and AOD sector for approximately six years following permanent relocation to Australia from Ireland, where she obtained tertiary education in social sciences and psychology coinciding with 10 years’ experience in health. Danielle is an advocate for workforce and sector growth and development. Her interest lies in the usage of skills in research and CQI processes to achieve evidence based outcomes for AOD services and clients in the community using a client centred care approach.
Program Manager, Weave
Dylan is the Program Manager for the Speak Out Dual Diagnosis team at Weave Youth and Community Services. He has experience in supporting young people, through therapeutic and holistic case management, with a particular focus on homelessness and co-occurring mental health and AOD use. Dylan is passionate about a strengths based approach to service delivery and is a strong advocate for disentangling the lines and barriers between AOD support and mental health support.
Programs Manager – Western Sydney, Ted Noffs Foundation
Simone has worked in the AOD sector since 2003, and in roles within Drug Health for NSW Health with a variety of different client groups. She has a passion for young people and working in the AOD sector with this client group. She has attained qualifications in social work and public health.
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