Professor Steve Allsop, Chairperson
Steve is a senior academic at the National Drug Research Institute (NDRI), Curtin University where his interests include preventing and reducing alcohol-related harm, amphetamine-related harm, and co-existing mental health and drug problems; responding to drug problems in the workplace; and, enhancing the capacity of human service providers to implement effective prevention, harm reduction and treatment strategies.
Steve has been involved in policy, prevention and treatment research and practice and professional development for health, police, education, and community organisations for over 35 years. He has managed prevention, policy and treatment services, and until September 2016 was Director of NDRI. His previous roles include A/Executive Director, Drug and Alcohol Office, Western Australia and Director of the National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction (NCETA), Flinders University of South Australia. His contribution to the field has been recognised with induction into the WA Alcohol and Other Drug Awards Honour Roll, the APSAD senior scientist award in 2015, and the National Alcohol and Other Drugs Honour Roll in 2017.
Angie Paskevicius, Vice Chair
Angie is the CEO of Holyoake and 2015 Telstra WA Business Woman of the Year.
Holyoake provides a comprehensive range of family focused services to people of all ages experiencing problems related to their own or someone else's alcohol or other drug use. Services offered include individual and group counselling, education and support at sites in Victoria Park, Midland, Northam, Narrogin and Merredin as well as outreach services to local communities. Holyoake also operates two social enterprises, Holyoake Wellbeing@Work® and the DRUMBEAT® suite of services.
Sheila has been CEO of Palmerston Association since 2009. Formerly a Member of the Western Australian Parliament from 1996 to 2008, Sheila was appointed a Cabinet Minister in 2001 and held various portfolio responsibilities which included Disability Services and Community Development. Her work as Minister for Community Development and Disability gave Sheila significant insight into family trauma and breakdown where alcohol and drug use are involved. Sheila has had an extensive career in industrial relations, educational and social policy research fields relating to social disadvantage in Australia and the United Kingdom.
Carol Daws, Treasurer
Carol is a registered clinical psychologist, a member of the Golden Key Honour Society for Academic Achievement, and CEO of Cyrenian House Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) Treatment Service. Cyrenian House operates two Therapeutic Communities, the Rick Hammersley Therapeutic Community (RHTC) at a semi-rural location in Perth's northern suburbs and Serenity Lodge in Rockingham. Cyrenian House also manages the North Metro Community Alcohol and Drug Service (NMCADS) and offers a comprehensive non-residential service that includes outpatient counselling services, prison programs and aftercare for people with drug and alcohol use and associated problems. Support and counselling is also available for family members and significant others.
Daniel is Chief Executive Officer of Wungening Aboriginal Corporation (formerly the Aboriginal Alcohol and Drug Service - AADS). His Father Noongar and Mother Yamatji have maintained strong traditional family lines. Daniel has dedicated much of his free time and energy to his community through roles including Chairperson of Noongar Mia Mia PTY LTD, representative to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission’s (ATSIC) Perth Noongar Regional Council, and as a member of both the Gordon Reid Foundation for Youth Fund and the National Indigenous Youth Leadership Group. Daniel’s studies have included Indigenous Community Leadership (FaHCSIA), Community Management and Development (Curtin), AICD Company Directors training, Public Sector Administration and other professional development programs related to social service and justice delivery while engaged in Family and Children’s Services and other government departments.
Paul McMullan, Secretary
Paul is Chief Executive Officer of Outcare. Outcare specialises in working with people prior to and after their release from prison as well as those at risk of becoming embedded in the criminal justice system. Outcare has a presence in every major correctional facility in the metropolitan area (except Wandoo) and delivers a range of services within the community. Outcare runs culturally specific programs for Aboriginal people, as well as specialist programs for people with cognitive disabilities and mental health issues. As families of prisoners need support, Outcare also offers a range of services to assist them and keep families connected.
Angela is Chief Executive Officer of Peer Based Harm Reduction WA (formerly WA Substance Users' Association - WASUA). Peer Based Harm Reduction WA provides non-judgmental, friendly peer based support, information and education, advocacy and harm reduction services, and services aimed at reducing the transmission of Blood Borne Viruses and Sexually Transmitted Infections associated with drug use in the community.
Jonathan manages St John of God Health Care's South West Community Alcohol and Drug Service (SWCADS). The service offers easily accessible counselling and support for people with alcohol and other drug issues and their families free of charge.
Andrew is Chief Executive Officer of Milliya Rumurra Aboriginal Corporation. Milliya Rumurra is a Drug and Alcohol Service based in Broome. Programs provided include residential rehabilitation, a sobering-up shelter, community based prevention and treatment. Milliya Rumurra primarily offers treatment services for Indigenous residents, however, non-Indigenous people are also eligible to access services.
Mick is CEO of Hope Community Services (HOPE), a not-for-profit organisation that has served Western Australians for over a century. HOPE provides much needed support to people affected by alcohol and other drugs, mental ill-health, youth justice issues and socioeconomic disadvantage.
Prior to his role at HOPE, Mick worked for MercyCare as Executive Director Family and Community Services. His focus was to expand services to marginalised people and to create place based services to support the development of individuals and families in their local communities.
As HOPE CEO, Mick is responsible for the strategic leadership of the organisation and ensuring that HOPE’s community services contribute to the development of healthy and inclusive communities in Australia.
Jo is WA State Director for Mission Australia. As a national organisation, Mission Australia has a goal to reduce homelessness and strengthen communities. Mission Australia’s strength is in supporting vulnerable people through its suite of alcohol and other drug support services, family and domestic violence crisis services, family support services, financial support, mental health recovery, and housing and homelessness support services.
Jo has an extensive background in leading and delivering child protection and community services, both in Commonwealth, State and Local Government, as well as the corporate sector. Jo holds a Bachelors of Arts and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.