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.
Communities free from the harms of drugs.
To prevent and reduce harm from drugs through leadership and education.
View DEN’s 2019-2024 Strategic Plan by clicking here.
Professionalism: We demonstrate professionalism through leadership, integrity and accountability.
Excellence: We are a quality organisation that is both creative and evidence based.
Respect: We are non-judgemental and treat ourselves and others with respect, fairness and compassion.
Collaboration: We are collaborative, responsive and inclusive in all that we do.
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.
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 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), 20 Years’ Experience in Finance and Payroll (Director of Private Business, Employee in Not-For-Profit Sector)
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. Following the successful completion of this project Dave joined the DEN team as an educator. Dave continues to work in the AOD sector as a DRUMBEAT facilitator with Holyoake Tasmania as well as developing and delivering groupwork at the Tasmanian Men’s Gathering.
Qualifications: Graduate Diploma in Gestalt Therapy, BTEC HND Mechanical and production engineering, BTEC ONC mechanical and production engineering, 7 ‘O’ Level Passes
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.
In 2018 Maria completed her Master of Social Work and is excited to incorporate the learnings and frameworks from this degree into her work and role. In particular the focus on social justice, human rights and respect for all people drives Maria’s approach to work and supporting everyone in the Tasmanian community to reduce harm from drugs.
Qualifications: Masters in Social Work, Diploma of Applied Science in Naturopathy, Masters in Public Health, Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (TAE 40116)
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 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
Originally from Sydney, Elida has had a long and varied career, starting her working life as a librarian and going on to work as a researcher, consultant, and historian. She has worked in the community services sector in Hobart for 13 years, chiefly in sector development and policy and research. Her main areas of interest are matters related to mental health, including the reform agenda, PPEI and the importance of diversity in the approach to complex issues including co-occurring disorders. Elida is the Tasmanian carer representative on the National Mental Health Consumers and Carers Forum and holds positions on 5th National mental Health and Suicide prevention Plan Expert Reference Panel, the Equally Well Implementation Panel and the Standing Committee on Performance and Reporting (SCPR) of the Mental Health Information Strategy Standing Committee (MHISSC).
Qualifications: BA Communications (Hons), Grad Dip Applied Science; MA
Michelle completed study in Community Services & brings values gained from her learning into both her professional & personal life. Michelle underwent one of their work placements at DEN in 2017 and has continued on as an employee since then! Originally working alongside Mary-Jane to assist in the admin space, Michelle has begun a new role as an Educator Trainee. Predominantly working in the youth space with students, teaching and health staff, she aims to equip young people with information to make informed decisions around ATOD to help keep themselves and their mates safe. They enjoy spending time with their cat, tending to the garden, op-shopping and collecting tattoos.
Qualifications: Cert IV Community Services, Diploma Community Services.
Kory joined DEN in 2019 to support Anita with DEN’s financial responsibilities. He ensures that invoice payments are timely and that the DEN team gets paid. In addition to his part-time role at DEN, he is studying for a diploma of Accounting at TasTAFE and training as a volunteer firefighter for the New Norfolk fire brigade.
Qualifications: Certificate IV in Accounting
Deni joined the DEN team in October 2020. She supports DEN’s internal processes and projects through her two roles as Technical and Service Officer and Content Writer.
With a background in health administration and social theory, Deni is passionate about education and community development. She is currently studying a graduate certificate in Politics & Policy.
During her down-time you will find her cooking vegetables, reading books, or asking questions.
Qualifications: BA in Sociology & Philosophy
DEN releases a public report and two page executive summary annually about our work, progress and achievements for the year.
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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.
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.
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