SANDAS works to lead and strengthen community responses to the harms caused by alcohol and other drugs.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Bec Rilett – Admin/Finance Officer
Bec joined the SANDAS team in a part time capacity during April 2014.
She has over 15 years’ experience in admin and finance and has worked within both the private and not-for-profit sectors.
Bec enjoys working in the AOD sector and is currently undertaking her Cert IV in AOD through TAFE.
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 has been on the SANDAS Board since 2009, and was elected as Chair in 2012. She has previously held the positions of Treasurer and Deputy Chair.
Helene is passionate about an AOD service system which is integrated, holistic and inclusive. She has worked across youth and family inclusive service both in Australia and oversea and also sits on the State Reference Group for the Illicit Drug Diversion Program.
Helene currently works for Centacare in the role of Assistant Executive Manager, where she is involved supporting services across in AOD, Mental Health, EAP, RTO, and school retention.
Carol Gannon - Secretary
Carol is the Manager of Streetlink, a youth health service for homeless and at risk young people. Carol is a Registered Psychologist with over 10 years experience working in management and clinical roles within the government and non-government health and drug and alcohol sector.
Carol is Deputy Chair of the board of the South Australian Network of Drug and Alcohol Services (SANDAS).
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.
Karen Flenche is the Team Leader of the Towards Independence Network of Services, Salvation Army, Sobering Up Unit.
She has worked at the Sobering Up Unit for almost 10 years, joining the SANDAS board on becoming Team Leader in 2010.
Debby Kadarusman joined the SANDAS board in 2014. She currently works at Drug ARM Australasia as the SA Team Leader with experiences coordinating an alcohol and other drug (AOD) brief intervention/treatment program, a drug diversion program, providing supervision to AOD case workers, and being a clinical lead within an AOD program.
My Phuong Sramek
My Phuong is the manager Manager for Addiction (AOD and gambling) Intervention Services at Community Access and Services South Australia (CASSA) which servies Vietnamese and other non- English speaking backgrounds (NESB) communities.
Her main interest is to assist community members from NESB to increase access to information and education around AOD and treatment and support services.
My Phuong has an excellent understanding of the AOD sector, organisation quality improvement and services practice standards and some governance knowledge. She was previously a board member for two terms until 2014.
Deirdre is dedicated to, and passionate about, helping women experiencing homelessness deal with and address the issues that have created this episode in their lives. This includes having access to the highest standard of programs and services all designed to assist them move forward in life – in a way that brings them joy, economic independence and a renewed sense of self belief in who they are and what they can achieve in life.
In 2011 and 2013 she ran, as a complete novice, in the New York and Paris Marathons to raise funds for the Catherine House Education and Employment Program. She did this to ensure she could walk the talk – that through self-belief, being task focused and a lot of hard work, dreams and goals can be achieved. In 2009 she funded her own trip to Nepal and raised funds with Habitat for Humanity to assist a family build a home in a remote village. The “can do” attitude of the local community and the joy shown by people with so little has remained with her as a reminder that attitude to life and access to opportunities is so important.
Adam is employed by Mission Australia as an Area Manager. Adam is committed to ensuring universal access for consumers to appropriate servicing, that is acknowledged as best practice through evidence and outcomes, ensures appropriate care and provision – and is underpinned by strong relationships with Government to help enable ongoing commitment to funding provision.
Equally, Adam believes that it is imperative to ensure there is a peak body for NFP AOD sector, that can position itself to be representative of the sector and ‘on the ground’ servicing, and position itself to be the ultimate voice of consumers to ensure ongoing Government Commitment to our sector.
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.
Carol has worked in the AOD/BBV area for almost 2 decades, mostly at the AIDS Council of SA in SAVIVE, the drug user peer program, but also with the Aboriginal Drug and Alcohol Council and now at Hepatitis SA. Carol has participated in governance in state based and national organisations such as Hepatitis SA, Hepatitis Australia, and the Australian Injecting and Illicit Drug Users’ League (AIVL). Carol also co-ordinates the SA Lived Experience Network (SALEN) meetings which are regular networking and professional development forums for lived experience workers of all backgrounds.
As someone with lived experience of drug use and of being a client of AOD services, Carol provides a client/service user perspective and can identify with the needs of AOD service users. Carol has a passion for peer work and believes that there is scope for peers to play a bigger role in the Alcohol and Other Drug sector – they can provide knowledge and skills that cannot be learnt, but that can only be gained through lived experience.
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.
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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.