• Address

    Floor 4, ‘Biala’ City Community Health Centre

    270 Roma Street

    Brisbane, QLD 4000


  • Phone

    +61 7 3837 5655

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Meet the team

  • Jeff Buckley


    Jeff is a Social Worker with 20 years’ experience in alcohol and drug practice, youth homelessness, community development and adult education. He has a particular interest in the art of group facilitation, interactive games, team problem-solving and trivia competitions! He hopes to one day invent the best boardgame in history and retire to the beach.


  • Samantha Clark

    Nurse Educator

    Samantha is a Mental Health Nurse with over 20 years’ experience in mental health and alcohol and drug service delivery, policy and program management. She has a particular interest in dual diagnosis, Cognitive-Behavioural Integrated Treatment (C-BIT) and working with vulnerable populations. She also bakes a mean cake.


  • Laura Harriss

    Business Coordinator

    Laura uses her amazing organisational skills and Excel superpowers to keep the whole place ticking over. With private sector experience in the travel industry and managing insolvency programs, she brings a sharp systems approach to the role. The Director is particularly dependent on her as his second memory and diary… Have a new idea, question or problem? Laura is definitely your first port-of-call.


  • Cameron Francis

    Principal Consultant - Dovetail

    Cameron is a Social Worker with over fifteen years' experience in the youth alcohol and other drug sector in roles spanning individual counselling, outreach and peer education. A Dovetailian since 2010, Cameron combines his systems-approach to understanding work vulnerable young people with his in-depth drug geekery to support the workforce to better respond to complex youth alcohol and drug problems.


  • Benjamin Dougherty

    Information Systems Coordinator

    Ben started at Dovetail in 2009 and since has gone on to manage the print and digital content needs of Dovetail and Insight. Experience in AOD, digital and print media and education has led to Ben being involved in the editing and production of a range of diverse AOD training materials such as webinars, eLearning, textbooks, factsheets, campaigns and websites. In his spare time he prefers to play with musical instruments and analogue technologies.


  • Michelle Taylor

    Advanced Clinical Educator - Occupational Therapist

    Michelle is an Occupational Therapist with over 25 years’ experience supporting clients, families and workers in the areas of alcohol and drugs and mental health. She has a keen interest in sensory approaches, occupational approaches, trauma informed care, family inclusive practice, and creative writing.


  • Margaret Ness

    Advanced Clinical Education Coordinator - Psychologist

    Margaret is a Psychologist with over 20 years’ experience in the alcohol and drug field, working across both government and non-government sectors. Within her capacity as both a psychologist and a registered nurse, her career has included roles in AOD research, clinical counselling and workforce development. She also enjoys pottering around the garden whenever she is not pottering around the office…


  • Dan Phillips

    Advanced Clinical Educator - Psychologist

    Dan is a Psychologist who has served a long sentence in the alcohol and drug sector, but with good financial behaviour he may be released in another ten to fifteen years. He has over 25 years’ experience in the sector in roles spanning detox and telephone counselling, rehabs and corrections, and more recently community AOD treatment. This has given him experience in counselling and therapy, group facilitation, case management and now training and education.


  • Peggy Manton-Williams

    Aboriginal and Torres Strait AOD Workforce Development Coordinator

    Peggy is a Kamilaroi Women who has worked in Queensland Health for over 25 years with experience in AOD Prevention and Practice, Nursing and management. She has a Bachelor in Indigenous Primary Health Care and Grad Certs in Health Promotion and Public Health -AOD. She has transferred from Inala Indigenous Health Centre of Excellence where she has worked as a Team Leader for 8 years. In her spare time Peggy enjoys playing video games - her current favourite is “The Witcher 3”.


  • Jim Hunt

    Nurse Educator

    Jim is a plumber from South London who after working in orphanages in Romania, decided he wanted something different out of life! He then studied to become a Registered Mental Health Nurse, spending time in a variety of inpatient, community and forensic settings. He has a passion for supporting people with alcohol and drug issues in a way that promotes engagement and reduces stigma.


  • Krystal Scott

    Administration Officer

    Krystal brings with her history of working in a variety of roles in the justice and alcohol and other drug fields across both not-for-profit and government sectors. With her passion for group facilitation and training, she brings her strong organisational skills to the administration team to provide support to the Insight and Dovetail teams.


  • Peter Cochrane

    Principal Project Officer

    Pete is a nurse with 18 years’ experience in alcohol and drug services. He has worked across opioid treatment, withdrawal services, and needle and syringe programs as well as education and training, regulation and policy. He is currently working on the SCOT Project to improve integrated care for opioid dependence in Brisbane North.


  • Tracey Veitch

    Nurse Project Officer

    Tracey is a nurse with 10 years’ experience in Corrections, OTP, Dual Diagnosis and drug and alcohol treatment. She has a post grad in Addiction and Mental Health and is passionate about ensuring this often vulnerable population receive the best possible care in a manner that normalises treatment and reduces stigma. For this reason, Tracey is very excited to be working on the SCOT Project aiming to increase treatment options for those on QOTP.


  • Dr Hoi Yan (Karen) Li

    Advanced Clinical Educator

    Karen is a Clinical Psychologist and Board approved supervisor for psychologists. She is a jack of all trades with experience working with adults, children, families in areas of community mental health, persistent pain, tobacco cessation and AOD. She has experience with research, giving lectures, group facilitation, counselling and workforce development. She may be small, but makes up for it with personality.


  • Bec Mounsey

    Social Worker - Dovetail

    Bec graduated as a Social Worker in 2013. She has supported both young people and adults in her roles as youth worker, family case manager, group work facilitator and alcohol and other drugs counsellor in the not-for-profit sector. Bec has a particular interest in complex trauma and its link to AOD use. She is passionate about reducing the stigma and shame felt by people in AOD treatment.


  • Sonia Boyd

    Senior Social Worker - Family Responsive AOD Practice

    Sonia is a Social Worker with a background in alcohol and drug practice, project management, remote area work and service commissioning. She also has a Master in International and Community Development. All-in-all it's a marvellous combo of skills and experience for building family responsive AOD practice across Queensland. When she's not employing these skills she's deploying her quick, dry wit on her work colleagues...


  • Anita Myers

    Nurse Educator

    Anita is a Nurse with a Masters of Public Health. She has over 12 years’ experience primarily in the Emergency Department alongside placements with DABIT and the Queensland Drug and Alcohol Court. Many of those years doing night shift have resulted in her becoming quite the coffee connoisseur! She is passionate about bringing her medical knowledge into providing biopsychosocial care for clients and breaking down stigma.


  • Lisa Barling

    Nurse educator

    Lisa is a clinical nurse consultant and has been working in the Alcohol and Drug sector for 20 years. She feels extremely passionate about breaking down the stigma in this area. Lisa has a vast array of experience from opioid substitution therapy, Homeless outreach, education and legislation. In Lisa’s down time she “loves to skate” enjoying the community involvement of her teams of roller derby and street roller hockey.


  • Anu Manoharan

    Senior Project Officer

    Anu has been working in the Alcohol and Drug sector for the past 7 years. She has worked at ADIS, Insight and had a short non-AOD stint in the MN Consumer and Community engagement team. Her previous life was in the world of Humanitarian Settlement supporting persons and families arriving into Australia on refugee visas, audit and policy. She has a keen interest in providing consumers with opportunities to share their experiences and stories in their own words and using this rich information to help inform practices, reduce stigma and promote client engagement.


  • Niall Steward

    Project Officer - Multimedia Design

    Niall has been working in the multimedia design field for several years with experience in interactive displays, video editing and creative problem solving. He now slaves away in a dark, window-less office to make other team members' presentations look amazing.


  • Denny Ryan

    Project Officer - Video Production

    It was a VHS copy of Spike Lee’s Do The Right Thing that sent Denny onto a path of making moving pictures. He now has many years of experience working in video production and post production. His experience includes lifestyle television, art documentaries, music videos, short films and corporate videos and has worked hands-on in all aspects of video creation. Denny now collaborates with the Insight and Dovetail teams to transform their knowledge and skills into engaging and educational videos.


  • Emma Armitage

    Service Development Coordinator

    Emma is a Social Worker with experience in alcohol and drug practice, youth work and health promotion both in Australia and the UK. She is now indulging in the wonderfully list-ridden world of AOD safety, quality and clinical governance, which is ironic given that she admits to being the most accident-prone team member on the floor. Emma has a particular passion for building genuine and meaningful participation and engagement opportunities for AOD clients.