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POSITION HELD BY
PRESIDENT Dr Rose Neild
IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT Prof Amanda Baker
VICE PRESIDENT / PRESIDENT ELECT Dr Lynda Berends
SECRETARY Mr Peter Athanasos
TREASURER Mr Anthony Jackson
NEW SOUTH WALES REPRESENTATIVE Dr Marianne Jauncey
VICTORIA REPRESENTATIVE Dr Matthew Dunn
AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY REPRESENTATIVE Mr Kevin Foreman
TASMANIA REPRESENTATIVE Dr Raimondo Bruno
QUEENSLAND REPRESENTATIVE A/Prof Leanne Hides
NORTHERN TERRITORY REPRESENTATIVE Mr Geoff Lohmeyer
SOUTH AUSTRALIA REPRESENTATIVE Mr Peter Athanasos
WESTERN AUSTRALIA REPRESENTATIVE Dr Julia Butt 
NEW ZEALAND REPRESENTATIVE A/Prof Janie Sheridan
INDIGENOUS REPRESENTATIVE Ms Annalee Stearne
DRUG AND ALCOHOL REVIEW EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Prof Robin Room
DRUG AND ALCOHOL NURSES ASSOCIATION (DANA) REPRESENTATIVE Ms Charlotte Byrne 
CHAPTER OF ADDICTION MEDICINE (ChAM) REPRESENTATIVE Dr Lucy Harvey-Dodds

PRESIDENT

Dr. Rose Neild, MBChB MPHC FAChAM
Rose Neild - NZ Rep Dr Rose Neild works as an Addiction Medicine Consultant for Drug & Alcohol Services South Australia. She also holds an adjunct senior lecturer position at the school of Public Health, Flinders University of South Australia as well as an affiliate senior lecturer position at the University of Adelaide.
Rose is a current student in the Master of Medicine (pain management) course at Sydney University and is also completing her Doctor of Public Health at Flinders University.
Rose is a member of the APSAD Scientific Program Committee and a reviewer for the peer reviewed Medical Journal of Australia. She has a particular interest in working with women with substance use disorders especially those that are pregnant or parenting as well as those with pain issues attending Drug and Alcohol services or within broader healthcare environments.
Other interest areas include physical and psychiatric co-morbidities with dependence in both clinical and public health arenas. Rose is widely published in the area of trauma, mental health and substance use and more recently the impact of substance use on parenting.

IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT

Prof. Amanda Baker, BA(Psychology) MPsychology PhD
img_4357 3 Professor Amanda Baker is a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Senior Research Fellow. She is a senior clinical psychologist who has practiced in the United Kingdom and Australia. Her research focuses on the challenging area of the psychological treatment of comorbidity (co-existing mental health and alcohol and other drug problems). Since 2000, she has been a Chief Investigator on 12 NHMRC project grants (total $5,049,948), including 9 as CIA. These projects have typically involved multi-site randomised controlled trials of psychological interventions among people with severe mental disorders and substance use problems. Her total research income since appointment to the University of Newcastle in 1995 is $9,394,014.
Amanda has over 100 publications (95 articles in peer reviewed journals including 8 papers in Addiction, the leading journal in the alcohol and other drug field, recent publications in the American and British Journals of Psychiatry, 2 books, 27 book chapters, 6 treatment manuals, and 5 clinician guidelines).
Amanda is the chief editor of two books: National Drug Strategy Monograph 32: "Models of intervention and care for psychostimulant users, 2nd edition" (2004) and "Clinical Handbook of Co-existing Mental Health and Drug and Alcohol Problems", co-edited by Professor Richard Velleman, (Routledge, 2007). She has co-authored 5 national amphetamine treatment clinician guidelines and 6 treatment manuals for comorbidity.

VICE PRESIDENT / PRESIDENT ELECT /

Dr. Lynda Berends, BEd, BSc(Hons), PhD, GradCertHE

Lynda Berends - VIC Rep Lynda Berends is Program Leader, Treatment and Systems, at Turning Point Alcohol and Drug Centre, Eastern Health and Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at Monash University. Lynda was awarded her PhD in 2001 in the field of psychology and has graduate qualifications in health economics and education. She has a particular interest in health services research on contextual factors impacting service delivery and effectiveness, along with client pathways into and beyond treatment.
Lynda has undertaken many health services projects examining alcohol and other drug programs and systems, including evaluations of residential and outpatient services, a review of Victoria's specialist alcohol and drug treatment service system, and an examination of the mental health and addictions workforce development infrastructure in New Zealand.
Lynda is currently researching centralised intake models for alcohol and other drug services/systems and leading a national project on client pathways. She has published more than 60 technical reports, peer review and community publications. Lynda chairs the Health and Human Services / Systems Working Group on behalf of the Alcohol and other Drugs Council of Australia.

SECRETARY / SOUTH AUSTRALIA'S REPRESENTATIVE

Peter Athanasos, RGN RPN BA BSc (Hons)
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Peter Athanasos is a researcher and registered mental health nurse working in Adelaide, Australia. Peter's main area of research interest is the effect of substance use on co existing disorders such as mental health, pain and other pathophysiology. He has published a number of chapters and articles in these areas. He is currently national Secretary and South Australian Representative for the Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and Other Drugs (APSAD).He is also a member of Drug and Alcohol Nurses of Australasia and the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses.

TREASURER

Tony Jackson RN, BSc Health, MA. Grad Dip. Public Admin

 Tony Jackson is currently the Operations Manager, for Drug and Alcohol Services, South Eastern Sydney Local Health District. Tony has worked in the Drug and Alcohol field in various clinical, policy and administrative capacities across a range of areas for over 20 years including: Clinical Services Manager, Kirketon Road Centre, Clinical Services Manager, Drug Health Services, Sydney South West Area Health Services, Opioid Treatment Program Manager, South Western Sydney Area Health Service and Policy Officer with the NSW Department of Health.

NEW SOUTH WALES REPRESENTATIVE

Dr. Marianne Jauncey, BMed MPH (hons) FAFPHM
Marianne Jauncey - NSW Rep Dr Marianne Jauncey was appointed to the position of Medical Director at the Sydney Medically Supervised Injecting Centre in August 2008. This followed on from the original Medical Director, Dr Ingrid van Beek, who founded the service. Dr Jauncey is a Public Health Physician and has worked in the drug and alcohol field since the late 1990s.
Dr Jauncey previously worked as a drug and alcohol doctor in Kings Cross, having spent four years at the Kirketon Road Centre where the primary focus is injecting drug users, sex workers and youth at risk. She has also worked at a number of Area Health Services around NSW, at the NSW Dept. of Health, and at the National Centre in HIV Epidemiology and Clinical Research, now named the Kirby Institute. Her particular research interests include increasing access to hepatitis C treatment for injecting drug users, drug overdose, and the physiological changes that occur after drug injection.

VICTORIAN  REPRESENTATIVE

Dr Matthew Dunn  
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Matthew Dunn is a senior lecturer in public health at Deakin University and a conjoint senior lecturer at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre. Matthew was awarded his PhD in 2006 in the field of behavioural and community health, and has graduate qualifications in psychology and population health. Matthew’s research interests are varied, and include monitoring trends in the use of and harms associated with ecstasy and related drugs, emerging and novel psychoactive substances, performance and image enhancing substances, and substance use in sport. Matthew also teaches at the undergraduate and postgraduate level.


TASMANIAN  REPRESENTATIVE

Dr. Raimondo Bruno, PhD (Clin. Psych.), MAPS  

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Dr Raimondo Bruno is a lecturer at the School of Psychology, University of Tasmania. He has been involved in the alcohol and drug sector in Tasmania for the past decade in numerous research, evaluation and consultancy roles.  His main research interests include the health and cognitive consequences of use of substances such as ‘ecstasy’ (MDMA), cannabis, and benzodiazepines; illicit drug market trends, in particular those relating to unsanctioned use of pharmaceuticals; and approaches to the reduction of harm associated with the injection of tablet-based pharmaceuticals. As part of his academic roles, he leads a group of postgraduates, doctoral candidates and research fellows conducting research within these areas, and teaches trainee clinical psychologists in the areas of psychopharmacology and substance use, among others. He is the Tasmanian Chief Investigator on the Illicit Drug Reporting System and Ecstasy and Related Drug Reporting System series of projects in collaboration with the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, and is an honorary fellow of Turning Point Alcohol and Drug Centre. In addition to his role on APSAD council he is co-chair of the ADCA Pharmaceuticals working group and a committee member of the Australian Psychological Society Psychology and Substance Use interest group.


QUEENSLAND REPRESENTATIVE

Associate Professor Leanne Hides 
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Leanne holds an  Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellowship at the Queensland University of Technology. She is a clinical psychologist with expertise in primary and co-occurring substance use disorders in young people.  Her main areas of interest include the development and testing of brief and cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) interventions for substance use and comorbid mental health issues in young people, including web and mobile phone based interventions.  Leanne is the Deputy Director of the Centre for Youth Substance Abuse Research (CYSAR), the only youth-focused research centre of its kind in Australia. She is also the QUT project leader of the Etools for Wellbeing project, which is developing Etools for enhancing the mental health and wellbeing young Australians people as part of the Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre. Leanne has published 55 peer reviewed journal articles and 11 book chapters (66 in total) and has attracted almost $10 million in funding in the past 10 years, including nearly $6 million in current Nationally competitive funding. She was the recipient of the 2008 APSAD early career award.

NORTHERN TERRITORY REPRESENTATIVE

Mr Geoff Lohmeyer

Geoff Lohmeyer is the Team Leader for the Sunrise Health Service Social and Emotional Well-Being group. He designs and runs programs across 14 remote Indigenous communities to the east of Katherine. These programs cover alcohol and other drugs, mental health and youth. He has pioneered the “Adventure Therapy” and Narrative practice within Sunrise.
In his other work activities he is training groups of Indigenous workers in their Certificate IV Alcohol and Other Drugs as he believes that, unless there are a number of trained people on each of the communities, there will never be an end to the anti-social problems on our remote communities. He is passionate about equipping local people to solve local problems.

INDIGENOUS REPRESENTATIVE

Annalee Stearne, BA Aboriginal & Intercultural Studies, GradDip Secondary Education, PostGradDip PH
Anna Stearne - NT Rep Annalee Stearne, a Nyungar from WA, has been working in the National Drug Research Institute's Indigenous Australian Research Program since 2001. She has a background in Indigenous education and public health. She has been involved in numerous evaluations of Indigenous Australian substance misuse interventions in the Northern Territory, Western Australia, and South Australia. Between September 2005 and November 2008, while located in Alice Springs she worked closely with Tangentyere Council's Research Hub.
In 2006, she was a member of the research team that won the National Drug and Alcohol Award for Excellence in Research, and a Curtin University Vice-Chancellor's Award for Excellence. Her main interests lie in project evaluations, database design and development, the ethics of research with Indigenous communities, and Indigenous involvement and capacity building through research. Currently she sits on the board of Palmerston Association of WA.

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF, DRUG AND ALCOHOL REVIEW

Prof. Robin Room, BA MA (Princeton) MA PhD (UC, Berkeley)
Robin Room - DAR EiC Robin Room is a sociologist who has directed alcohol and drug research centres in the United States, Canada and Sweden, and now in Australia, his native country. He is a Professor at the School of Population Health of the University of Melbourne and at the Centre for Social Research on Alcohol and Drugs at Stockholm University, and the Director of the Centre for Alcohol Policy Research at Turning Point Alcohol and Drug Centre, in Fitzroy, Victoria, Australia.  He has received awards for scientific contributions in the U.S., Sweden and Australia, and the premier international award in alcohol studies, the Jellinek Memorial Award for Alcohol Studies. Since 2006, he has been President of the Alcohol and Other Drugs Council of Australia, the national peak body of non-governmental organisations in the field. He has been an advisor for the World Health Organisation since 1975, has been a president of an international scientific society, the Kettil Bruun Society for Social and Epidemiological Research on Alcohol, and is Editor-in Chief of Drug and Alcohol Review.
Professor Room's research is on social, cultural and epidemiological studies of alcohol, drugs and gambling behaviour and problems, and studies of social responses to alcohol and drug problems and of the effects of policy changes. Recent books on which he is a co-author include Cannabis Policy: Moving beyond Stalemate; Drug Policy and the Public Good, and the 2nd edition of Alcohol – No Ordinary Commodity, all published by Oxford UP.

DANA REPRESENTATIVE

Charlotte Byrne, RN (B Nurs.) Grad Cert HlthSc (Newc.) Grad Dip Add. & MHlth (Adel.)
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Charlotte is a Registered Nurse with 12 years experience in the Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs (ATOD) sector.  Charlotte is the Victorian Representative for DANA and is employed by Ovens and King Community Health Service as an Withdrawal and Pharmacotherapy Nurse in Wangaratta, Victoria.  Charlotte moved to regional Victoria 6 years ago from Sydney where she worked at St Vincent’s Hospital, Darlinghurst in the ATOD service (Rankin Court Treatment Centre).

CHAPTER OF ADDICTION MEDICINE REPRESENTATIVE

Dr Lucy Harvey-Dodds
LucyHarveyDodds - ChAM Rep Lucy is currently on maternity leave and Prof. Adrian Dunlop is proxy for her until her return.