Stefan Gruenert CEO of Odyssey House

Stefan Gruenert

President (since 2013)

Stefan is a registered psychologist with more than 17 years of experience in the drug and alcohol sector as a clinician, supervisor, researcher, and manager. He is currently the Chief Executive Officer for Odyssey House Victoria. In the past, Stefan has worked as a senior counsellor in a range of settings and has conducted research on treatment outcomes, alcohol use, men’s issues, intimacy, family work, and fathers. Stefan is actively involved in promoting change to better address family violence and the needs of children affected by problematic parental substance use. He has developed a number of resources for workers in the drug and alcohol field, regularly provides advice to government, and has delivered a number of presentations at national and international conferences.

Sally-Mitchell from cohealth

Sally Mitchell

Vice President (since 2018)

Sally is the Executive Director Mental Health, AOD and Homelessness at cohealth.  cohealth is one of the largest community health organisations in Australia.  With over 30 years’ experience working in the community sector in a number of roles, Sally is committed to addressing health inequalities and maximising service access particularly for those people who experience barriers to accessing health services.  Sally has been a VAADA Board member since 2014 and Vice President since 2018.

Alan Murnane from Star Health

Alan Murnane

Secretary and Treasurer (since 2016)

Alan has a wealth of management and strategic experience with over 25 years working in the health and community sectors including roles in nursing, disability employment, youth services, housing, men’s family violence, drug and alcohol services and public health policy and program development in the state government. He is concerned by the inequity that exists in the community, the limited income redistribution occurring through the tax system, and the inadequacy of funding to the public education system. Alan has a Masters in Organisational Leadership.

Andrew Bruun CEO of YSAS

Andrew Bruun

Ordinary Member (since 2015)

Andrew Bruun (ADCW, BSW, Dip AOD Work, Hon Fellow, Dept. Psychiatry, Uni. of Melb.) is the Chief Executive Officer at YSAS, the Director of The Centre for Youth AOD Practice Development and an honorary fellow at the University of Melbourne, Department of Psychiatry. He has worked in the field of adolescent health as a practitioner, educator and researcher since the mid-1980s. His special interest is in young people and families experiencing alcohol and drug-related problems and is committed to enabling service providers and policy makers to better understand and respond to their needs.

Kent-Burgess from Thorne Harbour Health, formally VAC

Kent Burgess

Ordinary Member (since 2017)

Kent is currently Director of Services at VAC. VAC is the leading provider of AOD and other health services to the Victorian LGBTI community. An occupational therapist by background, Kent has a Master’s in Public Health. Previously, Kent held an executive leadership position at Star Health and was Chair of the Inner South East Primary Care Partnership. Kent has a passion for ensuring community participation in responses to address their healthcare needs. Kent also brings governance skills, developed through Board roles in the housing and environmental sectors, including as Chair of The Wilderness Society Victoria.

Rebecca-Lorains from Primary Care Connect in Shepparton

Rebecca Lorains

Ordinary Member (since 2015)

Associate Diploma of Welfare Diploma of Business Certificate IV of Alcohol and Other Drugs Certificate IV of Work Place Training and Assessor. Rebecca has been with Primary Care Connect since 2002 and is currently the Chief Executive Officer. She has been part of the Leadership and Management team at Primary Care Connect since 2006 and has vast management experience across a range of health and counselling services. Rebecca is responsible for all clinical programs at Primary Care Connect ensuring the complex, multi-needs and vulnerable client groups in our community are serviced with high quality and safe programs. She has attained years of experience working with vulnerable and complex families, in particular young people, within the alcohol and other drugs sector and the justice system. Rebecca is currently on the Board of Victorian Healthcare Association and Board Chair of Mooroopna Education and Activity Centre.

Victoria-Manning from Turning Point

Victoria Manning

Ordinary Member (since 2017)

Victoria Manning is a Senior Researcher Fellow at Turning Point and Monash University, where she leads the Treatment and Systems research program and the Masters of Addictive Behaviours. As a chartered psychologist with 18 years clinical research experience in addiction treatment settings in the UK, Asia and Melbourne, she has extensive knowledge of the AOD treatment evidence-base and its implementation in real-world clinical practice. She has spent much of her career designing treatment outcome monitoring systems and trialling innovative approaches to enhance treatment effectiveness. She oversaw the successful completion of the ‘Patient Pathways’ study and co-ordinates multiple DHHS-funded research activities aimed at supporting the Victorian AOD sector.

Jane Measday, Ballarat Community Health

Jane Measday

Ordinary Member (since 2017)

Jane Measday is the General Manager of Social Support at Ballarat Community Health.  Ballarat Community Health provides a range of primary care and wellbeing services across the Central Highlands. She has worked in a range of roles in the primary care sector over the last 22 years. This has included working at General Practice Victoria in the area of GP and Hospital communication, coordinating the Vic GP Liaison Program. Jane has a special interest in partnership work and service system development such as the development and implementation of the Grampians/Loddon Mallee Pharmacotherapy Network. As a regional manager, she is committed to the ongoing development of the AOD service system in regional and rural areas and in particular recruiting and retaining AOD workforce.

Anne-Maree Rogers of EACH

Anne – Maree Rogers

Ordinary Member (since 2012)

Anne Maree Rogers has worked for over 30 years in the drug and alcohol/mental health sector. Anne Maree is a mental health nurse who has worked in clinical, training and management roles in a number of government and non-government agencies in Regional and Metropolitan Melbourne. – Anne Maree currently works at each social and community health as the Program Manager of Alcohol and Drug Programs. Each is the lead agency for the SURE consortium.