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We provide best practice information, resources and training for the Tasmanian Community.

Tackling drug issues at their source

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The Drug Education Network (DEN) neither condones nor condemns the use of drugs. Rather, we acknowledge that drug use exists irrespective of legal status or societal norms.

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.

Vision

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.

Values

Professionalism: We are professional, act with integrity and are accountable.

Excellence: We are committed to excellence and creativity that will produce efficacy and impact across the AOD sector.

Focus: We are focused on the outcomes and service required, educating and empowering people and communities.

Connectivity: We are collaborativeinclusive and respectful in all that we do.

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Working with the Tasmanian Community for over 30 years.

Founded on 23 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.

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Our People

Shirleyann has been involved in the community services sector in Australia and UK over the past 13 years. She is committed to the ongoing development of educational initiatives that empower individuals, families and the wider community to understand and reduce the harms from alcohol, tobacco and other drug use. She is passionate about the development and delivery of health promotion, prevention and early intervention resources, training and education, with a particular interest in tackling discrimination and the 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, and Early Intervention (PPEI) Implementation Plan, for which DEN is the leading agency. She gained her financial experience in her own business and in the community sector, but much prefers working within the non-profit sector, where she can identify with the goals of the organisation.

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), 17 Years’ Experience in Finance and Payroll (Director of Private Business, Employee in Not-For-Profit Sector)

 

Maria has extensive experience as an educator. She holds a Certificate IV in Training and Education, and has worked with adult learners in a variety of settings over the past 16 years. This experience is combined with a background in nutritional health and a Masters in Public Health, with a focus on contemporary public health practice, encompassing models of empowerment and frameworks for change. Maria uses her knowledge and skills in this area to deliver educational experiences that are accessible and relevant for all community members.

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 guidelines he develops are designed to empower the learner and help students develop protective factors and resilience that they can call upon when they are faced with real-life alcohol and other drug situations. James works with a range of organisations to develop resources that meet the specific needs of clients in their AOD journey. These resources help structure and develop communication and decision-making skills, and restore the agency of the client in their unique situations.

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 25 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. Marion joined DEN after an extensive period working in government policy and health programs, as well as community development work. Marion has a particular passion for the promotion of smoke-free pregnancy, and was awarded a Churchill Fellowship in 2012 to study smoke-free pregnancy programs internationally. Marion is on the Alcohol Advertising Review Panel and Smoke Free Tasmania and works hard to make the world a more equitable place.

Qualifications: Graduate Certificate Management and Leadership, Diploma of Business, Diploma of Social Science

Maurice is a qualified social worker who holds a Fine Art degree. He has worked in the welfare sector for the last 20 years and his varied experience includes roles in advertising and marketing, illustrating children’s books, animation, and working as a professional musician. His professional experience covers PTSD counselling, drug and alcohol counselling, family and relationship counselling, mental health, court and family mediation, prison-based parenting programs, early years program development, working with men and violence, and sex offenders. Maurice has also held team, regional and statewide management positions for several organizations. He has a strong belief in the impact of early years development, and received a 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, and a boundless belief in the power of connection and communication to facilitate change 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. She co-ordinates the day-to-day running of the office, has a strong history in business management, and holds a Certificate IV in Small Business Management and Business Sales. Mary-Jane recently moved to Tasmania from Queensland, where she applied her great passion for animal welfare to a 10-year volunteer role with the Queensland RSPCA, in addition to operating a pet sitting business. Mary-Jane is an avid knitter, and is enjoying the tree change to Tasmania and 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

Dave is a qualified Gestalt therapist, has a background working as a drug and alcohol counsellor, and is passionate about groupwork, personal growth and environmentalism. Dave emigrated to Australia 15 years ago and, prior to entering the welfare sector, worked as a design engineer in the automotive industry. He has worked in private practice and was part of the outreach team at the Buttery Rehab in Northern NSW. In this role, Dave ran several groups, including DRUMBEAT groups with men from the Aboriginal community, AOD support groups, and court diversion psycho-educational groups. Dave moved to Tasmania three years ago and worked in the homeless and mental health sectors before joining DEN as project coordinator for the wungana makuminya project. Dave continues to work in the AOD sector as a DRUMBEAT facilitator and counsellor with Holyoake Tasmania.

Qualifications: Graduate Diploma in Gestalt Therapy, BTEC HND Mechanical and production engineering, BTEC ONC mechanical and production engineering, 7 ‘O’ Level Passes

Janet has had a long and winding road over many years through the community services sector. Originally from Montana, she moved to Victoria and worked within the Education Department, and then on to Tasmania. Janet holds a BS in Education and studied a Masters in Curriculum at Deakin University. Janet has extensive experience is a wide variety of settings and roles, management within an NGO, teaching within TasTAFE and Risdon Prison, advocacy and complex care case management for NDIS participants. Janet currently works casually through the sector and enjoys a life/work balance! Her passion is training students to become ‘skilled practitioners” with a strong value base for working within a social justice framework ethically and respectfully.

Qualifications: Bachelor of Education, Minor Special Education, Certificate IV Workplace Training and Assessment

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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.

  • Advocacy Tasmania
  • Alcohol and Drug Service
  • Anglicare Tasmania
  • Alcohol, Tobacco and other Drugs Council
  • Australian Drug Foundation
  • Autism Australia
  • Break O’Day Networking Group
  • Burnie Council
  • Child and Family Centre, Burnie
  • COTA
  • Catholic Care
  • Department of Education and Schools
  • Department of Health and Human Services
  • Department of Police and Community Management
  • Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment, Tasmania
  • FADE New Zealand
  • GameChanger Campaign
  • Glenorchy City Council
  • Good Sports
  • Hobart City Council
  • Hobart College
  • Huon Football Club
  • Huon Valley Council
  • Kingston High School
  • Launch Youth
  • LINC
  • Lions Club Australia
  • Mental Health Carers Tas
  • Migrant Resource Centre
  • Mission Australia
  • Mt Carmel College
  • My Pathways
  • Netball TAS
  • Neighbourhood Houses Tasmania
  • NOFASD Australia
  • PCYC
  • Poppy Industry Safety and Education Committee
  • Pulse Youth Health
  • QUIT
  • Red Cross Tasmania
  • Salvation Army Tasmania
  • Smoke Free Young People
  • Social Determinants of Health Advocacy Network
  • Sorell Council
  • TasTAFE
  • Taroona High School
  • Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre
  • TasNetworks
  • TasCOSS
  • Tasmania Police
  • Trinity House
  • The Link Youth Health Service
  • University of Tasmania
  • White Lion
  • WorkCover
  • Workskills

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.

President (Chair)
Wayne Moore

Vice President
Sandra Lovell &
Michael Robinson

Secretary
Judy Travers

Treasurer
Emma Quinn

Director / Public Officer
David Daniels

Director
Allison Matthews

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Get in touch with us

Head Office

Drug Education Network
1/222 Elizabeth St
Hobart
Tasmania 7000
Australia

General enquiries
email info@den.org.au

1300 369 319 (Australia)

Northern Office

37 Brisbane St.
Launceston
Tasmania 7250
Australia

General enquiries
email info@den.org.au

1300 369 319 (Australia)

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