Robert (he/him) plays a key role in supporting member services in AOD and public health policy, advocacy, planning and funding, research and evaluation, performance and compliance, accreditation and quality improvement, governance, and sector and workforce development. Robert has worked in the AOD sector for almost 20 years, and holds qualifications in public health and community management. His doctorate explored performance measurement of NSW non-government AOD treatment services. Contact Robert Stirling.
Chris (she/her) plays a key role in organisational development and lead on AOD sector policy and advocacy. Chris has 20 years’ experience across government and non-government healthcare settings in Australia and the UK, including occupational therapy, mental health and peak body positions. She also brings a background in organisational leadership, planning and performance, workforce development and commissioning. Chris holds qualifications in occupational therapy, project management and community sector management. Contact Chris Keyes.
Michele (she/her) provides expert clinical advice and resource development across the range of NADA strategic goals, informing the continued development of a skilled, competent and relevant AOD sector. Other responsibilities include sector advocacy and representation with external stakeholders, as well as contributing to NADA policy responses and external policy development. She has worked in the AOD sector for over 25 years in a range of residential and non-residential settings. She holds qualifications in psychology, counselling, strategic organisational development, leadership and management, and leadership coaching. Contact Michele.
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. Contact Raechel Wallace.
Antonia supports member clinical teams, with a focus on the Continuing Coordinated Care Program. She provides clinical advice, support and advocacy to enhance service accessibility; best practice treatment approaches that also include the transfer of care for clients; and support for creating sustainable work practices. Antonia has 30 years of frontline experience in the AOD sector, including homelessness and complex trauma counselling. She has qualifications in communications, AOD, mental health, counselling and holds a Masters in Sandplay. Contact Antonia Ravesi.
Hannah (they/them) is non-binary and bi+, and manages projects for NADA. Contact Hannah if you would like to join or learn more about: the Youth AOD Network, the Women’s AOD Network and/or the Gender and Sexuality Diverse AOD Worker Network. Hannah is also the contact point for NADA’s Policy Toolkit and Reconciliation Action Plan, which are being developed with staff and stakeholders. Contact Hannah Gillard.
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. Members can contact her with event or training grant queries. Alice comes from a human security/international relations background, and is currently undertaking postgraduate studies in social work. Contact Alice Guirguis.
Mei Lin provides NADA and its members with research and ethics support. She also supports best practice governance of NADAbase data, in coordination with the NADA Data and Research Advisory Group. Mei Lin comes from a clinical pharmacist and public health background. She holds a Ph.D. from the Center for Big Data Research in Health, UNSW Sydney. Contact Mei Lin.
Jennifer assists member services to assess, improve or develop their consumer participation initiatives. She is also responsible for ensuring that NADA’s programs and service has input from people with living/lived experience, and for supporting our consumer groups and network. She has experience working in frontline AOD services and is working towards a degree in social science. Contact Jennifer Lucas.
Responsible for NADA’s communications, Sharon’s activities include strategy, marketing and promotion, brand management and publications. She is also a member of the advocacy subcommittee. Contact Sharon if you would like to contribute to Frontline or the Advocate. Sharon holds qualifications in public health, marketing and visual art, and is driven to create positive health and social change. Contact Sharon Lee.
Maricar (Maz) is responsible for office management, human resources, finance support, executive/secretariat support for the NADA Board of Directors, and coordinating functions in relation to operations and corporate events. She leads NADA’s accreditation process, providing oversight of continuous quality improvement systems. Members can contact her for quality improvement and membership enquiries. Maricar holds qualifications in business and management, human resources, and visual communications. Contact Maricar Navarro.
Jo is responsible for administrative duties, accounts, incoming enquiries, and provides secretariat support for a range of NADA networks. Members can contact her to upload job vacancies to the NADA website, and also for account and general enquiries. Jo holds qualifications in politics and international relations. Contact Jo Murphy.
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