Robert is responsible for representing the interests of members at both levels of government. His role is primarily focused on member advocacy, as well as AOD policy, planning and research. He sits on a number of committees representing the non government AOD sector. He is a board director for the AADC (the national AOD peak body) and NCCRED (a national clinical research centre), and is a NSW Justice of the Peace. Robert has worked in the AOD sector for 15 years across the government and non government sectors. He holds qualifications in public health and community management, and is currently undertaking a doctorate exploring performance measurement of NSW non government AOD treatment.
Suzie provides clinical advice and consultation for NADA members, and contributes to policy and advocacy submissions. Suzie oversees the custodianship of NADAbase, and provides advice and support regarding client outcome and reporting. Suzie is an accredited mental health social worker with over 20 years’ clinical experience in the fields of substance misuse, mental health, forensics, research and evaluation. Suzie has worked, developed and managed community based and residential AOD services both in Australia and overseas. She provides training workshops and maintains a private counseling practice. Suzie has a PhD in public health and community medicine and a passion for engaging with social change.
Michelle provides clinical advice, consultation, training and advocacy to improve pathways for AOD continuing care. Michelle has over 20 years’ experience in the health and human services sector from AOD, housing, domestic and family violence, forensics and child protection. In the AOD non government sector, she has supervised and coordinated outreach counselling teams, needle syringe programs and worked for drug and Koori court diversion services. She has qualifications in training and assessment, criminology and addictive behaviours.
Sianne is responsible for a number of sector development projects, including leading the development of a workforce development plan for the NSW non government AOD sector. Sianne has worked in the AOD sector since 2006 and has experience in project management, quality improvement and research. She has qualifications in criminology, social science and policy. Her areas of interest include blood borne viruses, consumer participation and reducing AOD harm among older persons.
Raechel provides NADA and its members with advice and guidance regarding culturally appropriate practice alongside Aboriginal people who work in, or are seeking assistance from, AOD treatment. Raechel’s mob is the Wandi Wandian people of the Yuin nation. Raechel has worked in the AOD sector for the past 15 years primarily supporting Aboriginal people. Her background includes service management, project management and workforce support.
Tata provides NADA and its members with NADAbase support, and works on the NADAbase expansion project, specifically around the redesign and development of NADAbase reports, dashboard, and tutorials. In addition, Tata also provides secretariat support and project coordination to the NADA Practice Leadership Group. Tata comes from a project administration and management background with experience in Australia and overseas. She holds a bachelor degree in international studies.
Hannah (they/them or she/her) manages projects and advocacy networks for NADA. Some of the projects Hannah oversees include the development of NADA’s resources and organisational policy development work. They have over a decade of experience in the non profit sector, including in the human rights and homelessness spaces. Their background also includes university teaching and lecturing. Hannah has tertiary qualifications in gender studies and law, and is currently completing their PhD on queer workplace diversity.
Sanjana (Sun) Budhai supports NADA staff with the administration of events and grants. She also works as casual academic at the University of Sydney, enhancing the learning experience for students, and supports clients with a disability to live independently in the community. She has attained a Master of Global Health and Bachelor of Science.
Rose is responsible for facilitating research involving NADA and its members. This includes leading research projects which strengthen the performance of the sector as a whole, support with NADAbase and the routine collection, reporting and analysis of data and outcomes. She has worked as a researcher in the AOD sector since 2017 and has experience in university-level research and teaching. Rose has a PhD in psychological science, a BSc in psychology and a BA in creative arts and writing.
Liz raises awareness on consumer participation in the AOD sector and support in increasing and improving the quality of consumer representation to NADA member services. Liz provides a consumer perspective on NADA resources and projects. She has worked as a peer support worker in the homelessness space and is passionate about advocating to reduce stigma for people who use drugs and for adequate funding for AOD treatment services.
Chris provides advice and support on policy and advocacy matters. She has over 30 years’ experience in the AOD, mental health and human services sectors as a clinician, policy analyst, health services planner, educator and consultant. Chris is passionate about AOD work and is committed to supporting the non government AOD sector through effective advocacy.
Sharon develops, manages and evaluates NADA’s publications, organisation and conference materials. Driven to make change, she develops communications to engage, inform and persuade. For the past 15 years she ran a digital consultancy, connecting clients to their audience with research, strategy and design. She holds qualifications in public health, marketing and visual art.
Maricar supports NADA through office management, human resources, finance support, executive/secretariat support, general administration and coordinating functions relation to NADA operations. She also leads NADA’s accreditation process, providing oversight of continuous quality improvement systems. She holds qualifications in business and management and visual communications.
I deliver administrative and support services to meet the needs of our members, our executive, and extended team. I aspire to promote a culture of workforce wellbeing and enhance our ability to operate as a quality, member driven non government organisation. Please contact me for membership, account, or operation enquiries.
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