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.
Michael White – Executive Officer
Michael White is Executive Director of the South Australian Network of Drug and Alcohol Services (SANDAS) a role he commenced in 2014. Michael represents the interests of members at both state and federal level. His role is focuses on member advocacy, AOD policy development, systems planning and the engagement of the non-government sector in research and its translation to practice. He sits on a number of committees representing the non-government AOD sector. Michael has worked in the nongovernment and education sectors for over 35 years. He holds qualifications in adult and vocational education, quality improvement and management. Michael has a keen interest in systemic improvement and the enhancement of inter-sectoral practice.
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 worked in AOD treatment in both front line and management roles, providing client support, staff and volunteer training and supervision.
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 Other Drug 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.
Chris Chalubek – Chair
Chris has a long-standing interest, specialisation and commitment to the areas of mental health and alcohol and other drug service delivery. This has been achieved and sustained for over a decade through his work as a social worker; program and executive manager.
As Mental Health and AOD Manager with Sonder Chris is responsible for the strategic leadership of the Mental Health & AOD portfolio which supports an integrated suite of recovery orientated clinical mental health and alcohol and other drug services that support individuals across the western and northern suburbs as well as the Gawler Barossa region.
Ruth Tulloch - Secretary & Deputy Chair
Ruth Tulloch is an organisational member of SANDAS, representing Uniting Communities. She joined the board in December 2020. Ruth has over 20 years’ experience working in the community services sector across various NGOs.
Ruth is working for Uniting Communities (UC) as a Service Manager with Aboriginal Community Connect in UC AOD Treatments services where she is responsible for community residential rehabilitation program, outreach, counselling and case management (AOD) services. Ruth also manages Family By Family a service that provides a lived experienced peer support network of families. Uniting Communities Aboriginal AOD services has regional and metropolitan sites across north / west Adelaide, Riverland, Murray lands and Limestone coast.
Paul Brianni – Treasurer
Having lost a close friend and family member to substance abuse, Paul is committed to supporting the operation of SANDAS, bringing extensive industry specific experience to benefit South Australians. As a Chartered Accountant and Manager at Rinaldi & Co, Paul utilises his strong finance background and small business knowledge to deliver an exceptional level of service to his clients.
Away from work, Paul can be found either at the beach or refining his soccer skills for Adelaide Red Blue Eagles in the SAASL Division 6 Amateur League.
As the Regional Leader for Mission Australia Community Services, Ashleigh currently leads a large portfolio which delivers homelessness, AOD, FLO, Mental Health, Care Mentoring and Employment services across regional and metropolitan South Australia. Prior to this she led the largest NDIS LAC region – Southern Adelaide, as well as the Continuous Quality and Improvement Portfolio for Mission Australia. Ashleigh has over 18 years experience in human services and has worked within acute and community settings across a wide range of programs, including Mental Health, Homelessness, AOD, Disability and Aged services. Ashleigh also actively participates in her local community in her personal time to create outcomes for community members at a leadership level.
Vicki Holmes is an Aboriginal woman descended from the Tanganekald and Western Arrente clan. Vicki has been with Nunkuwarrin Yunti for 40 years where she has had many roles; her first position was the medical receptionist but she also did whatever was needed including home visits, transport and hospital visits. In 1986, Vicki became the Health Coordinator and while in this role programs such as women’s health, HIV, diabetes, mental health and social/welfare support expanded and developed.
In 2010, Vicki became the CEO of Nunkuwarrin Yunti of South Australia. As CEO of Nunkuwarrin Yunti, she held positions on the Boards of NACCHO, the Aboriginal Health Council of South Australia, Research Excellence in Aboriginal Community Controlled Health (REACCH), and First Peoples National Congress and now SANDAS. Since 2010 under Vicki’s leadership, Nunkuwarrin Yunti has grown from 2 sites to 6 sites in the Metropolitan area and 1 site on the Yorke Peninsula. Over her time, staff numbers have almost tripled. Services to the community include, diagnoses of acute illnesses, chronic conditions, antenatal and postnatal care services, tackling smoking, alcohol, women’s and men’s illness.
Vicki has always been passionate about best practice in the social and emotional wellbeing of the Aboriginal community.
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.
Sally Underdown joined the Alcohol and Drug Foundation as State Manager for South Australia and the Northern Territory in July 2018 with demonstrated success in delivering national policy and programs within the health, aged care, Indigenous affairs and sports sectors.
In her early career Sally was an Exercise Physiologist, working with clients, practitioners and allied health professionals in an Adelaide based hospital before she moved to Canberra to commence a 15 year career within the Australian Public Sector.
Working across a range of Australian Government Departments Sally demonstrated effective partnering and delivering social policy and health programs with a diverse network of service providers, government agencies and Ministers. A key feature of her work is her commitment to facilitate the genuine participation of Australian communities, including remote Indigenous communities in policy and service design. In 2013 Sally lead the negotiations and drafting of the inaugural Regional Partnership Agreement with the Australian and State Governments and the APY Executive for the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands in South Australia.
In a working life that has spanned quantity surveying to nursing, lecturing to management, Tom Steeples’ CV reflects a diverse range of experiences. Since the mid-1990s Tom has worked in the youth health sector in South Australia. He was managed a wide range of programs for young people with high and complex needs including those experiencing homelessness, alcohol and other drug issues, child protection, mental illness, and broader health concerns. His volunteer work has included being a management committee member and chairperson of the Youth Affairs Council of SA and the Health Consumers Alliance, and he has held a ministerially appointed position on the Health Performance Council of South Australia. As a PhD scholar, Tom is researching the impacts of homelessness on the health and well-being of young people in Adelaide. His current role is as the Limestone Coast manager for FocusOne Health, a service providing alcohol and other drug interventions throughout the South-East.
Kim has 20 years’ work experience in the non-government community mental health sector, currently employed as Executive Manager of the Health Wellbeing and Education services Unit in Centacare. Kim is a passionate strong advocate for Mental Health workforce development and ongoing professional development in the mental health sector. Kim is a board member with the Mental Health Coalition, past chairperson of the Mental Health Consumer, Carer and Community Advisory Group and is an experienced Trainer and Assessor in Certificate IV Mental Health and Diploma of Mental Health training packages.
Jenny is the organisation representative for Country and Outback Health and is based in Port Augusta and covering much of Northern South Australia. Jenny has a keen interest in systems advocacy and the promotion and representation of regional and rural people experiencing drug misuse at state and national levels. Jenny is committed to the 5 core values of SANDAS and has a particular interest in Lived Experience, employing staff members who share their lived experience. Jenny is passionate and motivated to support change at a broader higher systems level.
Karrin Marshall is Operations Manager for Life Without Barriers, accountable for the Residential Care, Youth mentoring and Alcohol and other Drugs programs across South Australia. In this role, Karrin is responsible for the delivery of quality services and achieving positive outcomes for the people who access those services. Responsibilities also include the strategic and fiscal oversight to ensure the operations run smoothly and effectively for the organisation and stakeholders.
Karrin has 20 years of experience in the not for profit sector; including 10 years in leadership. With a background in child protection and alcohol and other drugs, youth work, mental health and homelessness, Karrin is passionate about supporting people across all aspects of life, with particular interest in issues of social justice and equity in our community.
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 outlined a set of Strategic Directions in line with our Vision and Mission.
SANDAS is committed to continuous quality improvement in order to provide an effective service to the NGO AOD Treatment Sector.
Our Quality Policy and other Policies are available below for your information and use.