Floor 4, ‘Biala’ City Community Health Centre
270 Roma Street
Brisbane, QLD 4000
+61 7 3837 5655
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Brooke is an Aboriginal woman who belongs to the Wiradjuri people of the Riverina region in NSW. She carries a backpack of knowledge across a range of roles including print and broadcast journalism, child protection, community services and AOD treatment. Passionate about cultivating culturally safe environments and interactions, Brooke creates cultural training and education programs as part of her broader role supporting our deadly workforce and empowering our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to connect and feel safe in accessing services. Her personal interests are being submerged in water, spoken word poetry, guinea pigs, dadirri, barefoot walks and story telling.
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.
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.
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.
Irene is an Occupational Therapist and adult educator with many years of experience in mental health, forensic mental health, project management, and volunteering (too much). Irene loves to come up with ideas and revels in a solution-focused approach to work and life. She enjoys training development and delivery, group facilitation, using community engagement, and helping to identify recovery-oriented approaches. Irene is passionate about including a consumer and carer voice, and her lived experience caring for family members with mental health, alcohol and other drug issues has shaped both her clinical approach and facilitation style. Irene is likely to break out in song and/or dance at any moment, just because. She is getting better at keeping plants alive.
James is a Psychologist with 20 years’ experience providing therapeutic and alcohol and other drug support in residential programs, youth services, the military, the courts, policy and most recently in AOD community clinics. James is interested in the development of evidence-based models of care and ensuring that access for people experiencing AOD issues and their loved ones is always at the forefront of service design. He is also committed to good practice approaches to working with trauma and AOD. When not at work, he enjoys the simple pleasures of farm life.
Karl has worked in the youth alcohol and drug sector in direct practice through to service management roles both in Australia and the United Kingdom. More recently he has worked in Queensland’s child, youth and family support sector on sector and workforce planning and development initiatives. He now brings these two worlds together to support a sustainable youth AOD workforce in Queensland. Karl is passionate about social justice… and surfing!
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.
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.
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.
Jade is a Social Worker with several years of experience in the youth drug and alcohol sector. Jade has worked at a number of youth drug and alcohol programs across South East Queensland and England in outreach and individual counselling settings. Jade has a passion for working with hard to reach young people and an interest in trauma informed care and practices.
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.
Maeve is a video director and editor, with a background in international documentary production and social impact filmmaking for charitable organisations. Passionate about creating content rooted in empathy, Maeve makes educational content for Insight and gets genuinely excited about gigabytes of footage sitting on a hard drive. She particularly enjoying creating films that involve interviewing clients and highlighting their lived experiences. In her freelancing time, she also dabbles in the big, bad world of advertising - directing and editing television commercials for brands. But don’t hold it against her.
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.
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...