Our Vision

SANDAS works to lead and strengthen community responses to the harms caused by alcohol and other drugs.


Our Mission

SANDAS facilitates networking, collaboration, research, information sharing, advocacy, training and policy review to reduce the harmful impacts of alcohol and other drugs. We are the voice of our members and stakeholders at national and state levels.


Our Values

The work of SANDAS is underpinned by 5 core values:

Health and Wellbeing: We work to reduce individual and community harm associated with alcohol and other drug use. Our work is underpinned by a belief in the rights of people to health, social justice, equity, reconciliation, cultural safety and social inclusion.

Evidence: We support alcohol and other drug treatment using evidence based interventions, provided by workers who are qualified and supported to deliver high quality, culturally appropriate services to individuals, families and communities.

Lived experience: We value the lived experience of clients, families, peer workers and communities as integral to the provision of effective treatment services.

Collaboration: We enable the strengthening of connections between individuals, organisations, communities, the alcohol and drug and other related sectors, to facilitate collaboration and co-operation.

Representation:  We represent the AOD NGO sector knowing our united voice is stronger than individuals or organisations acting alone. We actively engage our members in the development of our representation work with the community, government, media and other stakeholders.

SANDAS produces Annual Reports to provide members, funding bodies and the community with a comprehensive picture of our work over the previous financial year.

The reports are distributed at the AGM and subsequently by email to all members.

You can download a copy here or to obtain an email or hard copy please contact sandasinfo@sandas.org.au.

Annual Report

Financial Report


Michael White – Executive Officer

Michael is the Executive Director at SANDAS. He has over 25 years’ experience in the community services and health sectors.

Michael has held a range of positions in other organisations. Most recently he was the Senior Project Manager – Workforce Development at the National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction, Flinders University where he was responsible for a broad program of work including sourcing project opportunities; collaborating with external stakeholders; establishing projects overseeing them from conception to completion; developing resources; participating in national and jurisdictional VET qualification committees and representing NCETA at national and state level on a number of workforce development committees. Michael presented conference papers on child and family sensitive practice, workforce development, vocational education and training in the AOD sector, workplace health and safety, and inter-sectoral practice.


He was co-convenor of the Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol & other Drugs (APSAD) 2014 Scientific Conference, a member of the Conference Organising Committee and Scientific Committee (2013-2016).

Previous roles included Workforce Development Leader, Australian Centre for Child Protection UniSA where he was responsible for managing the ‘Protecting and Nurturing Children: Building Capacity, Building Bridges project. He also co-convened (with other key stakeholders) the “Children, Communities, Connections Conference 2010”. Michael also worked as senior project manager with an industry skills council.

Previously he was Executive Director of the Victorian Community Services and Health Industry Training Board. Director, Learning and Development, Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare (CECFW).
Michael has developed and delivered a broad range or training programs to Graduate Certificate level. Topics have included: governance; quality improvement; change; career transition; conflict resolution and mediation; and supervision skills.


Sam Raven – Senior Policy & Project officer

Sam has a background in Social Work, Alcohol and Other Drugs and Mental Health, Training and Community Services Management.

Previous to her current role she was the State Manager for Drug ARM Australasia, an organisation that provides treatment services for people experiencing harms associated with the use of alcohol or other drugs.

She is passionate about work in this sector and has taken on her role at SANDAS in order to further advocate for the needs of workers and clients in the Alcohol and Drug Sector.


Gwenda Owbridge – Admin/Finance Officer

Gwenda joined the SANDAS team in late December 2017 on a part time basis.  She has had many years of experience working in administrative, business and human resource management roles, predominantly in health, education, welfare and not-for-profit organisations.

She holds a Bachelor of Business (Administrative Management) and a Master of Health Service Management.

Gwenda is looking forward to contributing to the SANDAS team and the AOD sector.


Lesli Bevan – Assistant Projects & Communications Officer

Lesli joined the SANDAS team in November 2014.

She has an extensive background in the SA community services sector, with experience in administration, contract management, quality improvement, project and service management, policy and procedure development, human resources and event coordination.

She looks forward to working with and supporting the AOD sector to continually improve the way in which we serve our clients.

Helene Nielsen – Chair

Helene Nielsen is an organisational member of SANDAS, representing Centacare.  She has been on the board since 2009 AGM, and the chair since 2013.

She currently works for Centacare in the role of Executive Manager, where she is responsible for services across alcohol and other drugs (AOD), mental health, employee assistance programs, registered training organisation, and school retention. Centacare have a variety of AOD services, including Centacare Drug and Alcohol Services. These services have a focus on working with young people 10-30 years and their families, individuals from the LGBTIQ community confronted by AOD issues, Integrated Youth Substance Misuse Service (residential rehabilitation, outreach and sobering up service for young people) and Police Drug Diversion.  She has also worked juvenile justice, mental health and homelessness services, both in management and client related roles, both in Australia and overseas.

Cheryl Hillier - Secretary & Deputy Chair

Mark Anders – Treasurer

Mark joined the SANDAS Board in March 2015. Mark is a chartered accountant with over 18 years’ experience working for various chartered professional firms and currently works for RSM Australia Pty Ltd.

Mark provides audit services and the provision of specialist advice to clients in the not for profit and private sectors.  Mark and his wife, Julie, have previously spent two and a half years working in Papua New Guinea and now spend their time running around after their three young children.

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Debby Kadarusman

Currently Debby works at Sonder as the Clinical Coordinator of the Northern Connect Program, a program that works with co-morbid MH/AOD clients. The challenges that these varied roles have presented Debby with while working in the AOD sector are what has contributed and strengthened her commitment to the AOD Sector. Debby has a strong stand and commitment to ensure the AOD sector continues to be recognised as a professional sector through upholding quality processes and evidence based practice. She has a strong stand and commitment to represent AOD workers by advocating for continued workforce development and education. She also has a strong stand and commitment to the clients of the AOD sector and would like to stand and advocate for those who are often the most stigmatised and under-privileged people in our community.

Brendan Jones

Brendan is passionate about the alcohol and drug sector and is excited about  working with an organisation which enhances community well-being and aims to reduce harms caused by alcohol and other drugs. Brendan brings the voice of families to the SANDAS Board as well as other experience and expertise. He is currently the SA Project Officer and in this role facilitates Family Drug Support services to South Australians as well as continuing to build their service footprint.

He has completed tertiary studies in human services, business and training and assessment and has many years’ experience working in a variety of roles in the alcohol and other drug, mental health, education and crisis environments.

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Susan Allen

Sue has been involved in the AOD sector for over 3 years and is currently the case worker at Drug ARM Warradale. Her previous career was in teaching English to migrants, most of whom came from refugee backgrounds and were experiencing complex trauma, PTSD and depression. This work led Sue to studying counselling and subsequently working in the AOD field.

She is passionate about helping those who are affected by addiction and dependency. She has a particular interest in the connection with mental health issues and criminal justice. Sue has served on previous boards including ICGC which reviews policy and clinical practice standards for Healthy Options Australia.


Kyp Boucher

Kyp has a Bachelor of Social Work and is an experienced health and community services senior manager with strong leadership, clinical, management, organisational development skills and business acumen.

Kyp has over 24 years’ experience across a broad range of sectors including Mental Health, Drug and Alcohol, Immigration, Disability, Homelessness, and Out of Home Care. She has significant experience in managing organisational change, and has successfully developed and implemented new service models.

Margie Randle

Margie is currently working at Hepatitis SA in the position of acting CNP peer Projects Officer. She has worked in the role of Peer Educator for Hep SA and SAVIVE for the last 6 years. Last year she worked at NSW Users and Aids association (NUAA) as a Peerlink Officer, training clients about Hep C, treatment, harm reduction, stigma and discrimination. She is passionate about peer work and the value a peer brings to a role. Being a peer is not something learnt but lived, enhancing interactions with clients.  Margie believes the AOD sector need to work together as one to make the future more effective for clients and workers. She has presented at AIVL and has done CNP training sessions.


Sue Bertossa

Sue Bertossa is the Manager of the Flinders Aboriginal Gambling Service, which is responsible for addressing the harm caused by gambling among Aboriginal people living. The Service adopts a community development approach aimed at promoting safer gambling behaviour, as well as providing culturally-adapted treatment for people experiencing severe gambling problems.

Employed by Flinders University, Sue wears many hats, including her role providing professional development and practice supervision to the NGO-sector in the field of AOD and mental health. She holds Masters qualifications in Social Work and Mental Health Science, and is a trained CBT practitioner. She is nearing completion of a PhD on Vietnamese help-seeking behaviour. Her specialisations are addiction, mental health and therapy adaptation for Aboriginal and other cultural minorities.

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Leigh Garrett

Leigh Garrett was appointed to the Board of SANDAS in February 2018.  Leigh is the Chief Executive Officer of OARS Community Transitions and the Centre for Restorative Justice.  Leigh commenced work with OARS SA in January 1994.  OARS is well known for its work in providing support, advocacy, counselling, and drug and alcohol treatment for offenders, those at risk of offending, and their families.  In 2010 the new business name OARS Community Transitions was created, reflecting the importance of transition points in people’s lives and the risks associated with this.

In 1997 Leigh established the Centre for Restorative Justice in SA.  The Centre works in courts, schools and businesses to assist in repairing the harm associated with crime and poor behavior and bullying in schools and workplaces.

Leigh is also currently a:

  • Board Member, Unity Housing Company
  • Board Member, Social Impact Investment Network SA (SIINSA)
  • Board Member, Australian Crime Prevention Council
  • Life Member of SACOSS
  • Life Member Restorative Practices International
  • Life Member National Association of Community & Restorative Justice USA
  • Member European Forum on Restorative Justice

Leigh holds a degree in Education, a Post Graduate degree in Occupational Health & Safety Management, and a Master of Business Administration degree from the International Graduate School of Management, University of SA.  He has been awarded Fellowships of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Australian Institute of Managers and Leaders (Formerly AIM).  In 2002 Leigh’s Leadership Achievements in the Not-For-Profit sector were recognised when he was awarded the National Title `CEO of the Year’ for the NFP Sector by Equity Trustees.

As the peak body for non-government organisations working in the alcohol and other drug sector, SANDAS is governed by its constitution which sets out the objects and the governance structure of the association.

To download a copy of our constitution click the pdf icon.

As the peak body for non-government organisations working in the alcohol and other drug sector, SANDAS has devised a Strategic Plan in line with our Vision and Mission.

To download a copy of the SANDAS Strategic Plan 2015 – 2018 click the pdf icon.

Work for Us


Part time: 0.4-0.5 FTE Ongoing (negotiable and subject to funding) SCHADS Level 4 ($32.12 – $34.56 per hour) negotiable according to experience.

The South Australian Network of Drug and Alcohol Services (SANDAS), the peak body for non-government drug and alcohol services in South Australia is seeking a Finance and Administration Officer to work in our small, flexible team.


The Finance and Administration Officer (FAO) reports to the Executive Officer and provides bookkeeping, finance and related admin functions associated with the delivery of member services to the Non-Government Alcohol and Other Drugs Sector in SA.

Capability requirements:

  • Good organisational and time management skills including an ability to work in a small team environment with competing priorities.
  • Good oral and written communication and interpersonal skills.
  • High level financial management and reporting skills including payroll, super, salary packaging, GST, PAYG, payments and receipts, budget preparation and monitoring etc.
  • Well-developed skills in Microsoft and relevant experience with the MYOB AccountRight software.
  • A recognised qualification in finance, or equivalent work experience, or progress towards a qualification is desirable.
  • Knowledge of alcohol and other drugs and related health and community service issues is highly desirable.
  • Knowledge of and commitment to equal opportunity in all aspects of employment and service delivery.
  • A full and current South Australian driver’s licence.

Download the full Position Description.

Applications addressing the Capability Requirements and including a covering letter and resume should be addressed to Michael White, Executive Officer at michael@sandas.org.au by close of business Monday 15 October 2018. Applications that do not meet these requirements will not be considered. For further information contact:

Michael White Executive Officer
SA Network of Drug and Alcohol Services (SANDAS)

Ph   08 8231 8818

Mob 0416 176 611