Shannon Bell

Board Member since 2018

Shannon Bell is the Senior Manager of Clinical Programs at Uniting ReGen, the leading AOD treatment and education agency of Uniting Victoria and Tasmania.  With over 15 years’ experience working as a clinician, supervisor and manager in the AOD sector Shannon has managed a range of treatment setting including non-residential rehabilitation, non-residential withdrawal, prison based programs, counselling and workforce development. Shannon is an accredited forensic clinician and has extensive experience working with both young people, adults and families involved in the justice system. He is also an accomplished facilitator of therapeutic and psycho-educational groups. Shannon has played a key role in the development and expansion of ReGen’s Catalyst Therapeutic Day Rehabilitation Programs. He has a special interest in ensuring the consumer participation plays an active role and is incorporated into AOD treatment, policy and service system decision-making.

Andrew Bruun CEO of YSAS

Andrew Bruun

Board Member since 2015

Andrew Bruun is the Chief Executive Officer at YSAS and an Honorary Fellow at the University of Melbourne, Department of Psychiatry. Andrew has been active in the alcohol and other drug (AOD) and adolescent health fields as a manager, practitioner, researcher and educator since 1985. Andrew was a member of the YSAS implementation team and has been a Director, serving on that organisation’s Executive team since inception in 1998. Prior to his involvement with YSAS, Andrew was the joint managing-director of Task Force Community Agency, a drug and alcohol treatment service in Melbourne’s inner-south where he established programs for young people and families. Andrew has also worked in the dual diagnosis (Mental health and AOD) field with the Federal Government’s Community Rehabilitation Services and he established the first community youth outreach service for Victorian Department of Planning and Development housing estates in Melbourne’s Inner Northern Suburbs.

Elisa Buggy

Board Member since 2019

Elisa Buggy is a Social Worker from Tasmania who started her career in the not-for-profit sector as the NIDS portfolio holder at the Link Youth Health Service. Elisa then helped develop the State’s Drug Court before moving to Victoria to manage the Drug Court and build the Family Drug Treatment Court here.  She has also been Research and Policy Officer at the Alcohol Tobacco and Other Drugs Council (Tas peak body) and Principal Practitioner at ACSO and is currently acting Executive Officer of Flat Out.  Elisa has been a long-time friend of VAADA and was on the steering committee for VAADA’s submission to the current Royal Commission into Mental Health.  She is also very familiar with best practice in governance having obtained her MBA in 2011 and chaired the Board of ANTaR Vic from 2015-2017.  Elisa is an alumni of the Williamson Community Leadership Program with Leadership Victoria.

Kent-Burgess from Thorne Harbour Health, formally VAC

Kent Burgess

Board Member since 2017

Kent is currently General Manager, Healthy Communities at Star Health. Star Health is a leading provider of AOD and community health services in Melbourne’s Bayside and South East.  An OT by background, Kent has a Master’s in Public Health. Previously, Kent held an executive leadership position at LGBTI and HIV health service, Thorne Harbour Health and leadership roles across AOD, mental health and community health. 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

Board Member since 2015

Rebecca has completed an Associate Diploma of Welfare Diploma of Business Certificate IV of Alcohol and Other Drugs Certificate IV of Work Place Training and Assessor and is currently studying her MBA with LaTrobe. 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.

Victoria-Manning from Turning Point

Victoria Manning

Board Member since 2017

Victoria Manning is the Head of Research and Workforce Development at Turning Point and Associate Professor in Addiction Studies at Monash University, where she coordinates a Masters Degree in 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.

Mike Carroll

Board Member since 2020

Mike Carroll is an Addiction Counsellor in the private sector. Mike set up MC Counselling in March 2020 providing Gippsland and Melbourne face to face Addiction Counselling and other states Counselling via Zoom and phone. Mike has been an AOD Counsellor for 15 years with an Advanced Diploma in Counselling and Communications. He began his Counselling career at YSAS in Fitzroy. Mike is intersex and has recently started a podcast “Titanium” which you should check out. Mike is passionate about Personal Development, – helping people become the best versions of themselves which is central to his successful work with clients.

Naomi Rottem

Board Member since 2018

Naomi Rottem is a Social Worker and Family Therapist, with over 20 years’ experience. After 13 years working at The Bouverie Centre where she managed workforce development, she has recently moved into a new role at Drummond Street Services, managing training and consultancy, with a focus on lived-experience workforces, family violence, and intersectionality trainings. She has designed and delivered a range of training, supervision and consultation to workers and managers in AOD and other health and welfare sectors. She has a wealth of experience in family work, workforce development, clinical supervision and single session work. She also sits on a committee of management of a community organisation.


Tamsin Short

Board Member since 2018

Dr. Tamsin Short is a registered clinical and forensic psychologist who has worked in a range of clinical and management roles over the past ten years, including positions within AOD, forensic mental health and community health programs. Tamsin is currently the Senior Manager of Mental Health and AOD Services at Access Health and Community, a community health service in the Inner East of Melbourne. Tamsin is also the Co-Convenor of the Change Agent Network, a network of leaders in the Victorian AOD Sector, and Co-Chair of the Eastern Mental Health Service Coordination Alliance (EMHSCA). She is passionate about supporting excellent leadership and advocacy in the AOD sector.