Reference Group

To ensure the Alcohol and Other Drugs Knowledge Centre meets the purposes for which it has been established, the governing structure includes members from the Drug Strategy Department of the Department of Health (the Knowledge Centre funding body) and an over-arching Reference Group (RG) made up of stakeholders from peak AOD bodies, the workforce at the community level, and those with expertise in relation to the various drugs of concern. These stakeholders come from various states and territories of Australia and include appropriate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander representation.

The composition of the RG reflects the variety of input required to ensure a robust coverage of the field to best support the workforce at the community level, community members working to reduce the harms of drug use, and programs and policy.

The RG provides a broad view of the drug field and provides invaluable guidance to the Knowledge Centre in terms of the requirements of the workforce, people involved at addressing AOD issues at community level, and senior program managers. As such, the RG provides an important role in informing evidence for both workforce support and policy support. The benefits of this governance structure go beyond the Knowledge Centre website, and foster engagement and synergistic relationships between different stakeholders in the field.

Reference group members

Anna-Lee Stearne
Research Associate/PhD Candidate
National Drug Research Institute
Perth, Western Australia

Daniel Morrison
Chief Executive Officer
Wungening Aboriginal Corporation
Perth, Western Australia

Professor Dennis Gray
Adjunct Professor
National Drug Research Institute
Perth, Western Australia

Eddie Fewings
AOD Coordinator
Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council (QAIHC)
Cairns, Queensland

Jill Smith
Chief Executive Officer
Council for Aboriginal Alcohol Program Services (CAAPS) Aboriginal Corporation
Darwin, Northern Territory

Noel Hayman
Clinical Director and Medical Practitioner
Inala Indigenous Health Service
Brisbane, Queensland

Raelene Stephens
Nurse Manager AOD Program
Mallee Districts Aboriginal Services
Mildura, Victoria

Scott Wilson
Chief Executive Officer
Aboriginal Drug and Alcohol Council of South Australia
Adelaide, South Australia
Co-Deputy Director
Centre for Research Excellence Indigenous Health and Alcohol

Professor Simon Lenton
National Drug Research Institute
Perth, Western Australia

Collaborating partner representatives

Professor Anne Roche
National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction, Flinders University
Adelaide, South Australia

Dr Jocelyn Jones
Senior Research Fellow and Program Leader
National Drug Research Institute
Perth, Western Australia

Professor Anthony Shakeshaft
Deputy Director
National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, University of New South Wales
Sydney, New South Wales

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