Program Committee

Ms Georgia Hunt, Allied Health Lead, Clarence Street, Mater Health Service

Georgia Hunt is an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker with over thirty years of experience in the field of mental health, alcohol, other drugs and domestic and family violence.

Georgia is employed as the Allied Health Lead and Family Therapist at the Mater Young Adult Health Centre. In this role and in private practice she provides individual, couple, family and group therapy, psycho-education and support aimed at growing family resilience.

Georgia is also a PhD candidate at The University of Queensland. Her research is near completion and concentrates on consumer, family and carer participation in public mental health services.

Mr Paul Martin, Executive Manager, Mental Health, Alcohol and Other Drugs, Brisbane North Primary Health Network

Paul’s 27-year career in health spans health promotion, advocacy and oversight of health care service delivery here and in the UK.

Within Brisbane North PHN, Paul has played an integral role in health system reforms to support the recovery of people with severe and persistent mental illness through Partners in Recovery and mental health reforms.

As Executive Manager, Paul is responsible for primary mental health care, alcohol and other drug treatment and elements of the PHN’s flexible funds, after hours funding and integrated team care Indigenous funding along with our Knowledge, Planning and Performance team.

Associate Professor Scott Wilson, CEO, Aboriginal Drug & Alcohol Council SA

Scott’s background is one of poly drug use and he spent considerable amounts of time and effort to give up illicit drugs and alcohol. Scott has been employed by the Aboriginal Drug and Alcohol Council (SA) Inc since November 1993. In 1995 he became the Director a position he has had ever since. Since working at ADAC, Scott has led a drug free lifestyle and has bought his background of abuse into being, where ADAC now has a harm minimisation focus.

In 2003, Scott was a recipient of the Australian Centenary Medal for services to the Indigenous community and wider Australian population. In 2012, Scott graduated in the Masters in Indigenous Health (Substance Use) with Merit at Sydney University.

Dr Michael Doyle, Senior Research Fellow, The University of Sydney

Michael is a Bardi man (WA) and Wingara Mura Fellow at the University of Sydney. He has a particular interest in prison-based alcohol and other drug treatment, which is the topic of his PhD thesis (completed in 2018).

He has extensive experience in Indigenous Australian health service delivery, policy/planning and research.

Ms Bridgitte Thornley, National Director, PGF Group

Bridgitte is a Registered Social Worker, a qualified alcohol and drug counsellor, and a member of DAPAANZ. Her current role is National Director of PGF Services, a gambling harm counselling and public health service in New Zealand. Bridgitte has Postgraduate Diplomas in Social Work (2011) and Clinical Drug Dependence (1993). She has worked in the addiction sector since 1990 and in the gambling harm sector since 1999.

Bridgitte had lived experience of addiction which enriches her knowledge and experience. This, and her conventional study, has enabled her to have a successful and rewarding career in the addiction field. Bridgitte is passionate about her work and leading a team of dedicated clinical and public health professionals committed to reducing the harm from gambling in Aotearoa.

Dr Stefan Gruenert, Chief Executive Officer, Odyssey House Victoria

Dr. Stefan Gruenert is a psychologist with 20 years of experience in the AOD sector as a clinician, researcher, and manager. He is currently CEO of Odyssey House Victoria, a Board Director of VCOSS, and past President of VAADA.

Stefan has been a counsellor in residential and community settings, conducted research on treatment effectiveness and family work, and contributed to resources on parenting and family violence.

He regularly provides advice to government, delivers conference presentations, and contributed to international drug policy for the UNODC in Vienna in 2008, and received a Harvard Fellowship to attend Harvard Business School in 2014.

Mr Toby Price, Patient Services Manager, Ramsay Health

Toby Price is a Credentialed Mental Health Nurse and Clinical Manager with over 14 year’s experience working in mental health. He has two degrees in Behavioural Science and Nursing, as well as two Masters in Mental Health Nursing and Health Services Management. He has extensive experience in mental health triage, risk assessment and crisis management in both public and private settings.

Toby currently works as the Patient Services Manager for Caloundra Private Clinic which is a private mental health facility that offers a range of treatments for mental health conditions and addictions. Toby has an interest in health service integration and looks forward to a future where different health services can coordinate care better for patients with mental health conditions, addictions and dual diagnoses.

Dr Yvonne Bonomo, Director, Department of Addiction Medicine, St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne

Yvonne Bonomo (MBBS, FRACP, PhD, FAChAM) is Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, University of Melbourne.

She is the Director of the Department of Addiction Medicine at St Vincent’s Hospital and Medical Head of the Women’s Alcohol and Drug Service (WADS) at the Royal Women’s Hospital Melbourne.

Yvonne is a Chief Investigator on the NHMRC funded Australian Centre for Cannabinoid Clinic