Program Committee

Mr Gerard Byrne, Operations Manager, Recovery Services, The Salvation Army (Co-Chair)

Gerard has spent the past 26 years working in the AOD field with The Salvation Army. Currently he is the Clinical Director for The Salvation Army Recovery Services, which has services in NSW, Qld and the ACT.

Gerard has also worked in the private and government AOD sectors for 11 years, providing a range of specialist AOD services. Gerard holds qualifications in Social Sciences, AOD, Psychotherapy, Clinical Supervision, Business Management, Human Resource Management and Workplace Training and Assessment. Gerard holds the following Board positions; NADA, QNADA, ATODA and the ATCA.

Dr Christine Palmer, Lecturer in Nursing, University of the Sunshine Coast (Co-Chair)

Christine Palmer is a Lecturer in Nursing at the University of the Sunshine Coast. She is a mental health nurse with extensive experience in child, adolescent and adult inpatient and community care. She has also worked in private practice, operating from a person-centred, trauma-informed approach.

Dr Maria Bellringer, Associate Director, Gambling and Addictions Research Centre, Auckland University of Technology

Dr Maria Bellringer is a Senior Research Fellow and Associate Director of the Gambling and Addictions Research Centre, Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand. She has nearly three decades of research project management experience including 15 years researching gambling issues. Her varied background includes biochemistry and toxicology, executive management (CEO of a national gambling helpline) and counselling experience (Rogerian person-centred approach).

Dr Matthew Berry, DPsych MAPS, Hurstwood

Dr Matthew Berry is a clinical psychologist specialising in addiction as well as substance use and related compulsive appetitive behaviours including sexual behaviour, overeating, and compulsive use of electronic media/internet.

He is currently in private practice, providing consultancy, supervision and training in Melbourne and across Australia and New Zealand. His career to date has primarily been in the alcohol and other drug sector, working in voluntary and forensic, private and public, community and residential settings.

For the past 13 years he has taught post-graduate addiction counselling and is an experienced trainer having developed and delivered more than 100 workshops on a range of topics including in Addiction, Motivation, Supervision Skills, and Managing Challenging Behaviours. Recently consultancy roles have included the Victorian Department of Health and Anglicare Victoria developing both voluntary and forensic drug and alcohol treatment guidelines. Matthew is also finishing off his first textbook about the management and treatment of addiction and associated disorders.

Ms Anni Hine Moana, PhD Candidate, Latrobe University

Anni Hine Moana was born in Melbourne. After studies at Deakin and at The University of Melbourne, Anni worked for many years in education and in community health. As a counsellor, Anni has worked with many Indigenous women, not only the First Nation people of Australia, but those from the Torres Strait, New Zealand and Polynesia.  In addition to her academic work she has worked in mental health and alcohol and other drug (AOD) agencies as a senior clinical practitioner educator, counsellor, counselling supervisor and served as a committee member of the Counsellors and Psychotherapists Association of Victoria (CAPAV).

Her interest in some of the particular issues experienced by First Nation people who have experienced colonisation became heightened through working, in a counselling role, with Aboriginal women in Melbourne and Maori women in Brisbane.

Anni’s way of working has been informed by the work of Aunty Barbara Wingard and Michael White whose work is cited as providing culturally acceptable responses to Australian Aboriginal people who have been affected by a range of issues including loss and trauma.

Currently undertaking a PhD by research at LaTrobe University, using narrative/ethnographic research methods Anni is exploring the reported relationship between the self-conscious emotion of shame and alcohol problems amongst Australian Aboriginal women living in urban and regional areas. Anni’s research interests include the significance of language, and issues of power and privilege in the development of therapeutic relationships.

Anni also is currently working at Uniting ReGen as a senior clinical practitioner educator.

Mr Steve Stokes, Consultant & Counsellor, Steve Stokes Consulting and Counselling

Steve Stokes is a counsellor, and has been working in the Addictions and Mental Health Field for 29 years. Currently runs Steve Stokes Counselling Services and Consulting, and works for the Department of Health. Formerly the Program Director of South Pacific Private.

Specializes in Developmental Trauma Treatment, Complex PTSD and Affect Regulation Techniques and it’s relationship to all Addiction Treatment. Steve specializes in Sex Addiction Treatment, Drug and Alcohol Addiction and co-occurring addictions.

Steve is also a practitioner of Radical Exposure Therapy (Tapping Therapy) trained by Dr Laurie McKinnon , and Brainspotting, trained by Dr Roby Abeles. Private Practice offers one on one and relationship counselling, Interventions and currently facilitating Mens and Women’s Yallom Process Groups.