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
Sarah provides clinical leadership for the non-government AOD sector in line with NADA’s strategic direction, and also informs workforce strategies, policies and evidence based practice. Sarah has over ten years’ experience working in the AOD sector, both overseas and in Australia, in residential and community based services, and across government and non-government organizations. She holds a master’s degree in social work and is a member of the Australia Association of Social Workers.
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 23 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Clinical Coordinator, Sydney Drug Education and Counselling Centre (SDECC)
Belinda has over 20 years’ experience working with young people and their families with co-occurring substance use and mental health. Belinda also has an extensive training background in peer education, teaching, and training for capacity building. Belinda holds a Master of Social Science (Addiction) as well as a Master of Social Work she is passionate about social justice, harm reduction and advocacy for young people.
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.
Director – Centre for Alcohol and other Drugs, NSW Health
Stephanie has previously held the position of General Manager in an AOD service in a LHD. She has 30 years‘ of experience in the government and non-government AOD sector holding positions in leadership, management, clinical governance, and clinical roles. Stephanie has a passion for creating policy and developing systems which fosters an environment of equity and integrated, person centred care for people who use substances, through genuine partnerships with clients and staff in government, non-government and private sectors.
Manager – Multicultural Programs, Odyssey House
Teguh Syahbahar is the Manager of Multicultural Programs at Odyssey House NSW and leads Odyssey’s CALD specialist programs that supports culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities to support primary prevention and foster community resilience. He has spent the last 3 years working at a grass roots level providing AOD counselling for people from CALD communities in South-West and Western Sydney. Teguh is passionate in improving the long-term health and recovery outcomes for people seeking support. Teguh holds qualifications in Exercise and Health Science, a Master of Rehabilitation Counselling and is currently completing a Master of Addictive Behaviours.
Chief Operating Officer – Foundation House (The Construction Industry Drug & Alcohol Foundation)
Joan Purcell has worked with Construction Industry Drug
Alcohol Foundation (CIDAF), the charity that runs Foundation House, for the past 7 years. She has been working in the government and non-government alcohol and other drug sectors for the past 15 years and has qualifications in psychology and alcohol and other drugs. Joan is passionate about providing quality treatment options, opportunities and environments for people willing to change.
Clinical program manager
Michelle provides NADA and its members with clinical advice, training and advocacy support. Contact Michelle to learn more about continuing coordinated care, working with men who perpetrate domestic and family violence in an AOD context, access and equity to AOD treatment and enhancing partnerships with the NSW Department of Communities and Justice child protection. Michelle holds qualifications in training and assessment, criminology and addictive behaviours.
Project support officer
Alice is responsible for event planning and project support, as well as training grant administration. She also provides general secretariat support to the NADA Practice Leadership Group. Alice comes from a human security/international relations background, and is currently undertaking postgraduate studies in social work.
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