Kathryn Wright, the territorial alcohol and other drugs (AOD) director, has welcomed Deb Little to the AOD team at territorial headquarters. Deb, until recently the network director of the Kardinia Network in the Western Victoria Division, has worked for The Salvation Army in the AOD sector for 11 years.
Now employed as a service development officer, Deb will act in Kathryn’s stead during the AOD director’s maternity leave. Deb will be joined by Belinda McNair, another service development officer, on 9 July.
The AOD team will be focusing on developing and helping to implement clinical models for AOD work throughout the territory, assisting services with tender applications, encouraging and facilitating partnerships, and establishing and cultivating relationships with governments. In time the unit will assist in developing broad models for use in AOD services.
‘My new role is about supporting the territory’s AOD services and their staff,’ Deb told e-connect. ‘We face challenges with our ongoing relationships with governments, the need to ensure all of our programs are operating on evidence-based practice, and the need to use our resources to their maximum capacity.’
‘We need a unified voice to speak with governments and with funders,’ added Kathryn, ‘and we need to ensure and communicate our place and role in the sector so as to better help people in need. Along the way we will also be focusing on workforce development and collegiate activities.’
‘This means giving people the opportunity to interact with Salvation Army colleagues throughout the sector,’ added Deb, ‘and working to reduce the sense of isolation across the territory. ‘
Asked where the review recommendation from last year’s appraisal and the ongoing team deliberations are likely to take the territory, in terms of AOD work, Kathryn pointed to: the need to factor in the local circumstances of services and clients; the historical needs of communities and The Salvation Army; and the available evidence on recovery and rehabilitation that existed throughout the world.
‘We’re not trying to make a “one size fits all’ model of service delivery,’ she said, ‘but to maintain the strengths of individual services.’