Scott is the Director of Aboriginal Drug and Alcohol Council, (ADAC). He is an Aboriginal man from the Stolen Generation. Scott's background is one of poly drug use he has spent considerable amounts of time and effort learning to live illicit drugs and alcohol free lifestyle.
Scott's youth was spent misusing and abusing alcohol and other drugs, which bought him into both law enforcement and health agencies constantly.
The Aboriginal Drug and Alcohol Council (SA) Inc. Interviewed Scott 1994 applied for the position of Director. Scott was appointed Acting Director and 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.
Scott’s commitment and involvement in Indigenous substance misuse sees him in a variety of structures and committees. Here are some of them:
Deputy Chairperson of the Alcohol Education Rehabilitation Foundation
(AERF) 2001 - current (appointed by the Prime Minister) Deputy Chairperson National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Committee
(Formerly called the National Drug Strategy Reference Group for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples)
1997 -, (Ministerial appointment) Council Member and Executive member of the Australian National Council on Drugs (ANCD),
1998-2007 (appointed by the Prime Minister) Executive Director of the Alcohol and Other Drugs Council of Australia (ADCA),
1997 - 2005 Ministerial appointment onto the National Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Health Council
2001-2004 Ministerial Appointment onto the National School Drug Education Committee
2001 - 2004 National Inhalants Taskforce
2004 - 2006 Board Member National Drug Research Institute
1997 - 2003 Board Member National Centre for Education and Training in Addictions
1998-2002 National Cannabis Strategy Taskforce
2004-2005 National Illicit Drug Strategy State Reference Committee (SA)
1998 - National Illicit Drug Strategy Media Campaign Reference Committee
1998- ongoing A variety of other National and State committees.
Scott’s involvement was recognized in 1997 by ADCA in receiving the ADCA Australia Day Award and in 2003 was a recipient of the Australian Centenary 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.
Billy WilsonFamily Mentor Project Officer
Based in Murray Bridge South Australia, the Family Mentor Project aims to train family mentors who will be able to assist other family members to address issues such as drug use, domestic violence, financial difficulties as well as physical and mental health problems.
Billie no longer works for ADAC
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 MorleyProject Coordinator - North West Regional Rehabilitation Centre
Kym ThomasManager for Footsteps - Road to Recovery residential rehabilitation service.
Kym is a Nukunu descendant and committed to the holistic development of both individuals and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, particularly in regards to personal development, health, employment and education.
Prior to working at the rehab Kym’s former employment included the Indigenous Local Area Network Officer for Country North SA Medicare Local, under the Closing the Gap program. His role was focusing on building and strengthening partnerships, identifying and addressing barriers to Aboriginal people’s access to quality health care and comprehensive chronic disease management at a local level.
He was also the former head of the Indigenous Unit, at the University of South Australia’s (UNISA) Centre for Regional Engagement. Kym has worked for over 14 years in the Government sector, and Universities at regional, state and national levels. His experience has mainly been in adult education, conducting and managing preparatory education programs.
Kym is currently a Board member of and Treasurer for Nukunu Peoples Council and MIB (Males in Black) Aboriginal men’s group in Port Augusta, a former Indigenous Board member for Australian Red Cross, Pika Wiya and Chairperson Aboriginal Staff Alliance Network and University Departments of Rural Health. In 2006, Kym received the Vice Chancellor’s Award UniSA, for outstanding contribution to service initiatives and excellent service to the university and its communities.
Maria AndersonOutreach and Support Supervisor - North West Regional Rehabilitation Centre
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.