The members of the NADA Practice Leadership Group are clinical practitioners, and are considered leaders in their fields, as evidenced by their professional backgrounds, accreditation status and clinical experience. The network informs the development of NADA policy and advocacy, and sector program development in relation to sector clinical and therapeutic practices.
Jo Lunn Improving Organisational Capacity Officer, WHOs
Jo Lunn is a registered psychologist who has worked with, and consulted for, a number of agencies in the AOD field. Jo has worked in an expert advisory capacity for government, lectured at university and TAFE, is an experienced supervisor and a qualified trainer. Jo has a particular interest in increasing individual and organisational capacity to improve outcomes for clients with complex needs, including clients with AOD and mental health issues.
Dr Suzie Hudson Clinical Director, NADA
Dr Suzie Hudson is an accredited mental health social worker with over 20 years’ clinical experience in the fields of AOD, mental health and forensics. Suzie has worked, developed and managed community based and residential AOD services both in Australia and overseas. Suzie has a PhD in public health and community medicine. Suzie interest lies in women’s issues, stimulant drug use and client outcomes.
Carolyn Stubley Nurse Manager, WHOs
Carolyn Stubley is a registered nurse with extensive experience in the AOD and mental health fields, and has worked with opioid substitution treatment (OST) for 17 years. Carolyn set up dispensing services at WHOs Rozelle, enhanced relationships with community providers and coordinated harm reduction strategies across seven WHOs programs. Carol’s expertise lies in OST, hepatitis C prevention and treatment, therapeutic community programs and harm reduction. She has attained a Master of Health Service Management.
Michele Campbell Manager—Residential Programs, Lyndon
Michele Campbell has worked in the AOD field for the last 17 years, in city-based and rural services. Michele was the inaugural recipient of The Ian Webster Scholarship. She has a background in psychology and counselling, and is currently completing a Masters in Strategic Organisational Development. Michele is particularly interested in service delivery in rural and remote areas, workforce development, residential treatment and innovative approaches to engaging marginalised populations.
Douglas James Quality Systems Officer, Weigelli
Born in Wiradjuri Country, Douglas James has worked extensively in rural and remote areas of NSW, delivering community based counselling services and programs. He lectured in the Djirruwang programs at Charles Sturt University, which provides Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students with an opportunity to obtain a Bachelor of Health Science (Mental Health). He has a particular interest in Aboriginal health and treatment, residential treatment delivery and the social determinants of health. He holds qualifications in social work.
Dr Peter Kelly Associate Professor, University of Wollongong
Dr Peter Kelly is a Senior Lecturer and Cancer Institute NSW Early Career Research Fellow based in the School of Psychology, University of Wollongong. He is a registered clinical psychologist, and has been awarded membership of the Australian Psychological Society College of Clinical Psychologists. He has extensive clinical and research experience working with people diagnosed with severe mental illness and substance abuse problems. Widely published in peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters, his interest lies in translating research into practice and co-occurring mental health and AOD issues. Prior to completing his PhD, Dr Kelly was employed as the chief executive officer at Kedesh Rehabilitation Services.
Lauren Mullaney Senior Psychologist, Triple Care Farm
Lauren Mullaney has worked for seven years in the AOD sector, registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). Lauren believes that everyone has the capacity to change, given the right tools and support to achieve their goals. Lauren is an advocate for staff and sector development and growth, as this has the potential to positively impact the treatment provided to the consumers. She is passionate about working with young people, the health of the workforce and evidence based practices.
Belinda Volkov Clinical Coordinator, SDECC
Belinda Volkov has worked in youth specific AOD for over 20 years in Sydney’s Northern Suburbs. She has a background in social sciences with a post graduate degree in addiction studies and is currently completing a Master of Social Work. Belinda is passionate about working in a family inclusive way and has been pivotal in developing models of service delivery that have been recognised both at state and national levels.
Grace Ivy Rullis Manager (Homeless programs) and Clinical Lead, Haymarket Foundation
Grace Ivy Rullis has more than 15 years’ experience working with and advocating for clients who face multiple service barriers due to lifelong complex trauma. She chairs sector lead working groups, the Collaborative Support Initiative and previously, the Sydney Women’s Homeless Alliance. Her passion lies in creating continuing support pathways for people who have experienced human services rejection. Risk environment framework, trauma informed practice and human cantered design inform her clinical expertise. Grace is a UNSW graduated social worker.
Jesse Taylor Program Manager—Junaa Buwa!, Mission Australia
Jesse Taylor brings more than 15 years of management experience in high impact, innovative and diverse health and human service programs. With Mission Australia, Jesse implemented Partners In Recovery on the North Coast of NSW and the Stringybark integrated adult AOD resi-rehab in Darwin. His interests include identity, trauma and comorbid AOD substance use; public health advocacy; program management, integration and implementation; fundraising and clinical governance frameworks. He is currently pursuing his Masters of Public Health with The University of Sydney.
Jessica Burgess Psychologist—Junaa Buwa! and 360 Outreach, Mission Australia
Jessica Burgess has worked for three years in the AOD sector as a Registered Psychologist, and is registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). Jessica currently works within a youth residential rehabilitation service, targeting co-occurring mental health, substance use and offending behaviours. Jessica previously worked in return to work services. She enjoys the challenges and rewards of working with youth, supporting them to make positive changes, and seeing the fruit of a therapeutic environment.
Paul Hardy, Manager (AOD transition programs), Community Restorative Centre
Paul Hardy has worked at Community Restorative Centre since 2012 when the AOD project began. He is from the UK originally and began working in the homelessness sector in London in 1999, working predominantly in outreach focused roles with people sleeping rough in central London, before moving to a building based AOD role with the NHS. Since moving to Australia Paul has mainly lived in Sydney, but has also spent time working with Aboriginal organisations in the NT.