Scott is the Director of Aboriginal Drug and Alcohol Council, (ADAC). He is an Aboriginal man from the Stolen Generation. Scott has a background of polydrug use and he has spent considerable time and effort learning to live a lifestyle free of illicit drugs and alcohol. Scott's youth was spent misusing and abusing alcohol and other drugs, which brought him into contact with both law enforcement and health agencies constantly.
The Aboriginal Drug and Alcohol Council (SA) Inc. interviewed Scott in 1994 for the position of Director. Scott was appointed Acting Director then in 1995 became the Director, a position he has held ever since. Since working at ADAC, Scott has led a drug free lifestyle, but he has drawn on his understandings from his own background and so ADAC has a harm minimisation focus. Scott’s commitment and involvement in the Indigenous substance misuse field sees him in a variety of organisations and committees. Here are some of them:
Deputy Chairperson of the National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Committee (NIDAC; Formerly called the National Drug Strategy Reference Group for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples). Appointed by the Prime Minister.
Council Member and Executive member of the Australian National Council on Drugs (ANCD). Ministerial appointment.
Director and then Deputy Chairperson of the Alcohol Education and Rehabilitation Foundation (now called the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education- FARE)
Executive Director, the Alcohol and Other Drugs Council of Australia (ADCA). Appointed by the Prime Minister.
Ministerial appointment, National Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Health Council.
Ministerial Appointment, National School Drug Education Committee
National Inhalants Taskforce
Board Member, National Drug Research Institute
Board Member National Centre for Education and Training in Addictions
National Cannabis Strategy Taskforce
National Illicit Drug Strategy State Reference Committee (SA)
1998 - 2011
National Illicit Drug Strategy Media Campaign Reference Committee
Scott’s contribution has been recognized in 1997 by the ADCA Australia Day Award; in 2003 by the Australian Centenary Medal; and in 2012 by the University of Sydney’s, Sister Alison Bush Medal.
Helen WilsonOffice Manager
Helen has been at ADAC since 1995.
As the Office Manager Helen has a number of roles. She is responsible for the finances of ADAC, which includes payroll obligations, facilitation of grant moneys and financial acquittals. Helen is also responsible for the general supervision of administration. Another role, that seems to be growing, is the production of ADAC resources. These include ADAC Annual Report, posters, leaflets, and the Petrol Sniffing and Other Solvents Manual as well as the Petrol Sniffing Video, in more recent times the Meth Comic.
FASD has been an area that has grown with the FASD poster the FASD flipchart and leaflet also Alcohol and your health DVD.
Helen role has grown she is now responsible for the ADAC Website.
Sofia RiveraAdministration/ Finance Officer
Sofia comes from El Salvador in Central America. She has been in Australia for 13 years. Sofia began work at ADAC as a volunteer 7 years ago while she was studying an Advanced Diploma in Accounting and Business Administration. Sofia is now employed as Administration/ Finance Officer. Her financial duties include accounts payable and receivable, monthly Business Activity Statements, data entry to MYOB, travel allowance payments and bank reconciliation. Sofia is also responsible for the maintenance of ADAC's office equipment, maintaining the ADAC assets register for insurance purposes and setting up and maintaining several of the internal ADAC databases.
Geoffrey HawkinsResearch Administration / Officer
Geoffrey is part of ADAC administration team.
Geoffrey's main responsibilities is distributing and tracking the many ADAC resources. Also he is responsible for taking minutes for ADAC meetings including the Executive, Annual General Meeting and conferences. He also provides displays of resources at conferences and special events, and organises resources for project staff.
Jimmy PerryMakin' Tracks Project Officer
Jimmy is one of two Indigenous drug and alcohol workers in the Makin Tracks team.
Jimmy's heritage is Ngarrindjerri/ Arrernte. Jimmy's main role is to travel to communities that invite the Makin' Tracks team to work with them to address substance misuse issues within the communities.
Byron WrightMakin' Tracks Project Officer
Byron is an Aboriginal man from the town of Mungindi, which is 800 kilometers inland on the NSW-QLD border. He grew up in the suburb of Riverwood and later Liverpool in the western suburbs of Sydney. Byron's main role is to travel to communities that invite the Makin' Tracks team to work with them to address substance misuse issues within the communities.
Isabella NorvilIndigenous Elder
Isabella is a Ngarrindjerri women from Murray Bridge. Isabella joined ADAC in Murray Bridge in 1996 and 1997 to address the appalling levels of suicide and premature death being experienced by the community at that time.
Isabella moved on to be ADAC chairperson. Isabella is a member of the NACSP Board National Advisory Council for Suicide Prevention and SA Aboriginal Health Council Ethics Research Committee for the past 8years. Isabella sits on many other comittees eg the Granny's Group.
Sue-Anne MorleyFootsteps - Road To Recovery - Acting Manager / Project Coordinator
Maria AndersonFootsteps - Road To Recovery - Outreach and Support Supervisor
Maria Anderson-Tanner is from the Eastern Goldfields of Western Australia. Maria has worked and lived in Port Augusta for 23 years and has worked in Aboriginal Health for a number of years. This is inclusive of organization’s such as Pika Wiya Aboriginal Health Service, Australian Red Cross and the Division of General Practice.
Maria has worked in a voluntary role working with Youth, Elders, and Women’s Program, Dusty Feet Dance Group, Males in Black; NAIDOC and Reconciliation Week. Maria’s role is Outreach Support Supervisor and will work closely with key stakeholders, service providers and the Community. The Outreach team will play an important role in the Footsteps Road to Recovery Therapeutic Community engaging with potential residents and preparing them with their entry into the program.
Francz Varga Graphic Design and IT Specialist
Veronica StrangwaysFootsteps - Road To Recovery - Administrative Assistant
Colleen RobertsFootsteps - Road To Recovery - AOD Support Worker
Lisa BesantFootsteps - Road To Recovery - AOD Support Worker
Christopher WarrenFootsteps - Road To Recovery - AOD Support Worker
Carrolyn LoweAdministrative Assistant
Surleen AnandManager Stepping Stones Drug & Alcohol Day Centre - Ceduna
Rick DadlehManager Stepping Stones Drug & Alcohol Day Centre - Pt.Augusta
Troy BondHealth Promotion Officer
Tegan GascoyneDay Centre Administrator
Kaila De LisenSubstance Misuse Worker
Marie FeltusHealth Practicioner - Stepping Stones Pt.Augusta
Fiona StanleyAOD Worker - Stepping Stones Pt.Augusta
Leanne StuartAOD Worker - Stepping Stones Pt.Augusta