DEN provides community members with the resources, information and connections they need to keep themselves and their community safer in relation to their individual circumstances. Our goal is to meet people where they are and encourage open dialogue that empowers the individual to be the primary agent of their own physical, mental, and emotional well being.
DEN is funded to improve the well-being of Tasmanian’s through prevention, resource development, education and training to service providers and the wider community on alcohol and other drugs. Through its Vision and Values, DEN delivers high quality services and programs in a challenging and rapidly changing environment.
Improve the health and well-being of all community members through the provision of resources and education aimed at reducing the impact of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs.
DEN values excellence in service provision, accountability, professionalism in our interactions with others, working collaboratively, and being responsive to challenges and requests for service. The values of honesty, compassion, integrity, creativity and respect guide DEN across all our service provision.
Founded in September 1986, the Drug Education Network has been working with the Tasmanian community for over 30 years to deliver training, develop resources and provide information and education.
Shirleyann has been involved in the community services sector, both in Scotland (UK) and Australia since 2005. Shirleyann is committed to the ongoing development of educational initiatives to empower individuals, families and their wider community to understand alcohol, tobacco and other drug use, harms associated with misuse of all drugs and addiction. She is passionate about the development and promotion of health promotion, prevention and early intervention resources and education, with a particular interest in tackling discrimination and stigma associated with drug use.
Qualifications: BA (Hons) Economics, Diploma of Management, TAE40110.
Anita joined our team in 2015 and looks after DEN’s finances and payroll. She also provides secretariat support for the Promotion, Prevention, Early Intervention (PPEI) Implementation Plan, for which DEN is the leading agency. She gained her financial experience both in private business and in the community sector, but much prefers working for the non-profit sector where she can identify with the goals of the organisation. The Finance role is her latest professional choice after a range of occupations in the past, from toolmaker to a masters in science to running an eco-tour business! She moved only recently to Tasmania, thoroughly enjoying the wonderful outdoors the island offers.
Qualifications: Masters in Applied Mathematics (UNSW Credit for Diploma in Meteorology (Munich University)), Competency in Plan for Community Engagement – Incidental Counselling (10093 NAT), Recognise and Respond Appropriately to Domestic and Family Violence (CHCDEFV301A), 16 Years’ Experience in Finance and Payroll (Director of Private Business, Employee in Not-For-Profit Sector)
Maria brings extensive experience as an Educator to this role. She has worked with adult learners in a variety of settings for 17 years. This experience is combined with a background in nutritional health and holistic approaches to well being. Maria’s work focuses on contemporary public health practice, encompassing models of empowerment and frameworks for change. Maria uses her knowledge and skills to deliver educational experiences which are accessible and relevant for all community members. The end result is people equipped with tools and knowledge suitable for their needs, to make positive changes for their health and well-being, and influencing others to do the same.
Qualifications: Diploma of Applied Science in Naturopathy, Masters in Public Health, Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (TAE 40110)
James is passionate about education and hopes that his work can bridge the gap between academic curricula and the lived experience of students. The activities and resources he develops have the goal of empowering the learner and to help to develop the protective factors and resilience within the students that they can call upon when they are faced with real life alcohol and other drug situations.
James believes that the approach to education and the activities and resources developed will help form an inclusive school practice that advocates for a community that neither condemns nor condones the use of drugs and that the young people that practice these activities become knowledgeable advocates for the health of their community.
Qualifications: BSc (Hons) Business and Management, MEd Education, Certificate IV Alcohol and Other Drugs, Certificate IV Mental Health
Marion Hale has worked in improving health equity in the Tasmanian and Australian community for the last 20 years. Marion’s career has spanned crisis support, counselling, community development, policy development and population health. She was the Women’s Health Policy Officer with Population Health in the state government from 2003 to 2013. In 2012 Marion was elected to the Board of the International Network of Women Against Tobacco (INWAT)and in 2015 became the President of INWAT.
In 2012, Marion was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to visit programs that support women to become smoke free in pregnancy. Marion is also a Panel Member for the Alcohol Advertising Review Panel and is a Community member on the Psychology Board of Australia. Marion’s work history prior to the DEN has given her a passion for an expertise in gendered health. Marion will work with the ATOD sector to improve our gendered response.
At the World Congress on Tobacco or Health 2015 Marion was elected President of the International Network of Women Against Tobacco (INWAT) This work involves engaging women working in tobacco control across the world to promote a gendered approach to Tobacco Control and working against the very strongly gendered strategies of Big Tobacco. Marion was appointed to Alcohol Advertising Review Panel in 2014. In 2015 Marion was appointed to the Australian Health Practitioners Registration Agency – Psychology Board of Australia and is their newest Community Representative.
Qualifications: Graduate Certificate Management and Leadership, Diploma of Business, Diploma of Social Science
Maurice is a qualified social worker, holds a fine Art degree, has worked in advertising and marketing, illustrated children’s books, worked in animation and been a professional musician. He has worked in the Welfare sector for the last 20 years. His professional experience covers areas as diverse as PTSD counselling, Drug and Alcohol counselling, family and relationship counselling, mental health, court and family mediation, prison based parenting programs, early year’s program development, working with men and violence and sexual offenders. Maurice has also held team, regional and state wide management positions for several organisations over that period. Maurice has a strong belief in the impact of early years’ development, and was awarded the community services award for professional practice in 2009, for his work with new fathers, and his role in supporting the development of parenting programs for Prison inmates. Maurice brings these skills, plus a boundless belief in the power of connection and communication as key aspects to facilitating changes in individuals lives, to all he does.
Qualifications: Bachelor of Social Work, Degree in Fine Art, Bachelor of Arts
Mary-Jane is the friendly voice at the end of our phone and the first point of contact for all DEN enquiries. Mary-Jane co-ordinates the day-to-day running of the office and has a strong history in business management, holding a Certificate IV in Small Business Management and Business Sales. Having recently moved from Queensland where she was heavily involved in her passion for animal welfare through volunteering with the QLD RSPCA over a 10 year period and operating a pet sitting business. An avid knitter, Mary-Jane is enjoying the tree change to Tasmania and making the most of the cooler, more knitting-friendly climate.
Qualifications: Certificate IV Business Sales, Certificate IV Small Business Management
Known to the team simply as Pixie, Zoe takes care of many things behind the scenes; building and designing resources, investigating and implementing new systems and software, aiding and running projects, scrutinising data, and maintaining the computer fleet. She has many passions, including making information accurate and supporting people to use the full potential of their brains to make informed decisions. When not busy using her powers for the good of DEN, Zoe can be found scribbling away in Illustrator or flexing her gaming prowess.
Qualifications: Certificate IV Community Services, CHCAOD402B (Work Effectively In The Alcohol and Other Drug Sector), Digital Vision Prize (2008) Computer Graphics and Design, Brighton Council Prize (2008) for Health Studies
The Drug Education Network is funded to provide resources, education and training to the whole Tasmanian population.
DEN is primarily funded by the Crown through the THO-S.
DEN is proud to collaborate with many services and organisations throughout Tasmania, Australia and the World.
The Drug Education Network Inc. (DEN) is incorporated as an association under the Associations Incorporation Act, 1964.
DEN is governed by a Board, currently consisting of seven members elected for a twelve-month term at the DEN Annual General Meeting.
Sandra Lovell &
Director / Public Officer
Drug Education Network
1/222 Elizabeth St
1300 369 319 (Australia)
37 Brisbane St.
1300 369 319 (Australia)
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