Committees

Penington Institute hosts a number of committees as a way to promote debate and help shape drug policy.

Committees hosted by Penington Institute include:

  • Australian Drugs Conference Reference Group
  • Harm Minimisation in Prisons Committee
  • International Overdose Awareness Day Australia Committee
  • Research Advisory Committee
  • Victorian Community Naloxone Provision Reference Group
  • Anex Bulletin Editorial Reference Panel
  • Needle and Syringe Program/Primary Health CentreNetwork Meeting
  • Australian Needle and Syringe Program Policy and Practice Forum
  • Pharmacotherapy Network Meeting

The membership of committees includes a mix of expertise across the drug policy community in Australia.

The Australian Drugs Conference Reference Group has been convened to provide advice and assistance on the planning and programming of the Conference. Membership comprises:

  • Professor Steve Allsop, Director, National Drug Research Institute
  • Ms Wendy Anderson, Manager  – Workforce Development, Hepatitis Australia
  • Ms Helene Delany, Manager, ACT Health
  • Dr Malcolm Dobbin, Senior Medical Adviser (Alcohol and Drugs), Department of Health
  • Professor Michael Farrell, Director, National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC)
  • Dr Matthew Frei, Head Clinician, Eastern Access Community Health
  • Mr Stan Goma, Manager – Professional Services and Indigenous Programs, Pharmacy Guild Australia
  • Mr Roland Jauernig, Principal Program Advisor, Harm Reduction and Pharmacotherapy Victorian Department of Health
  • Mr Robert Kemp, Manager, Needle and Syringe Program, Communicable Diseases Unit, Chief Health Officer Branch, HSCI Division, Queensland Health
  • Magistrate Jelena Popovic, Drug Court Magistrate, Department of Justice
  • Professor Lisa Maher, Professor, National Centre in HIV Epidemiology and Clinical Research (NCHECR)
  • Mr John Ryan, Chief Executive Officer, Penington Institute
  • Mr David Templeman, Chief Executive Officer, Alcohol and other Drugs Council of Australia (ADCA)
  • Dr Ingrid van Beek AM, Director, Kirketon Road Centre

The Harm Minimisation in Prisons Committee has been established  to provide advice and assistance to the Penington Institute on its policy directions and activities in regard to improving access to NSP services in custodial settings in Australia. Membership comprises:

  • Professor Nick Crofts, Honorary Professorial Fellow, the School of Population Health University of Melbourne
  • Professor Kate Dolan, National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre
  • Ms Melanie Eagle, Hepatitis Australia
  • Professor Michael Good AO, National Health and Medical Research Council
  • Professor Margaret Hamilton AO, University of Melbourne
  • Ms Annie Madden, Australian Injecting and Illicit Drug Users League (AIVL)
  • Professor Chris Puplick AM, Former Chair of Australian National Council on AIDS, Hepatitis C and Related Diseases
  • Adjunct Professor George Rubin, Royal Australian College of Physicians, Australasian Faculty of Public Health
  • Mr John Ryan, Chief Executive Officer, Penington Institute
  • Dr Alex Wodak AM, Former Director Alcohol and Drug Service St Vincent’s Hospital

The International Overdose Awareness Day Committee is made up of representatives drawn from key organisations whose work is related with drug harms.  Membership comprises:

  • Professor Bob Batey AM, University of Sydney, Australasian Society for HIV Medicine
  • Dr Ingrid van Beek AM, Kirketon Road Centre
  • Mr Paul Bourke, Salvation Army Crisis Services
  • Mr Craig Cooper, Northern TerritoryAIDS and Hepatitis Council (NTAHC)
  • Professor Jon Currie, St Vincent’s Hospital
  • Ms Jane Dicka, Harm ReductionVictoria
  • Professor Paul Dietze, Burnet Institute
  • Dr Malcolm Dobbin, Department of HealthVictoria
  • Ms Sally Finn, Founder International Overdose Awareness Day
  • Ms Carrie Fowlie, Alcohol Tobacco and Other Drug Association ACT (ATODA)
  • Dr Peter Higgs, Burnet Institute
  • Mr Geoff Manu, Queensland Injectors Health Network Ltd (QuIHN)
  • Ms Khin Win May, The Pharmacy Guild of Australia– National Secretariat
  • Dr Benny Monheit, Southcity Clinic and College of Addiction Medicine
  • Mr Greg Mundy, The Council of Ambulance Authorities (CAA)
  • Mr John Rogerson, Australian Drug Foundation
  • Mr John Ryan, Penington Institute

The Research Advisory Committee is convened to provide advice and assistance to Penington Institute on internal and sectoral research activities.  Membership comprises:

  • Professor Steve Allsop, Director, National Drug Research Institute
  • Professor John Kaldor, Head of Public Health Programs and Professor of Epidemiology, UNSW Kirby Institute
  • Ms Annie Madden, Chief Executive Officer, Australian Injecting and Illicit Drug Users League (AIVL)
  • Mr Michael Moore, Chief Executive Officer, Public Health Association Australia
  • Professor Robert Power, Principal for Alcohol, Other Drugs and Harm Reduction; Principal for Disease Prevention, Burnet Institute for Medical Research and Public Health
  • Mr John Ryan, Chief Executive Officer, Penington Institute
  • Professor Steve Wesselingh (Chair), Executive Director, South Australia Health and Medical Research Institute

The Victorian Community Naloxone Provision Reference Group is convened to consider and then provide advice on how a Community Overdose Prevention and Education (COPE) program targeting potential overdose witnesses and utilising prescribed naloxone may be successfully commenced and expanded throughout Victoria. Membership comprises:

  • Dr Karen Adams, Head – Research Department, Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (VACCHO)
  • Mr Bill Barger, Manager Operational Quality & Improvement, Ambulance Victoria
  • Mr Sam Biondo, Chief Executive Officer, Victorian Alcohol and Drug Association (VAADA)
  • Mr David Dart, Chief Executive Officer, Hume Medicare Local
  • Professor Paul Dietze, Head – Alcohol & other Drug Research, Burnet Institute
  • Dr Malcolm Dobbin, Senior Medical Advisor (Alcohol & Drugs), Mental Health & Drugs Division, Department of Health Victoria
  • Ms Sally Finn, Crisis Centre, Salvation Army
  • Dr Matthew Frei, President Victorian Branch, Royal Australasian College of Physicians, Chapter of Addiction Medicine
  • Ms Julie Fry, Acting Client Services Manager (HPP), Royal District Nursing Service (RDNS)
  • Dr Shaun Greene, Fellow, Australasian College of Emergency Medicine
  • Mr Roland Jauernig, Manager – Harm Reduction, Prevention Policy and Research, Department of Health Victoria
  • Mr Tony Keenan, Chief Executive Officer, Hanover Welfare Centre
  • Ms Jenny Kelsall, Executive Officer, Harm Reduction Victoria
  • Mr Demos Krouskos, Director, Centre for Culture Ethnicity and Health
  • Dr Mike McDonough, Director – Addiction Medicine & Toxicology, Western Hospital
  • Ms Toni Morton, Acting Manager, Prevention Policy and Research –  Department of Health Victoria
  • Dr Steve Parnis, President, Australian Medical Association (Victoria)
  • Ms Jenny Pavlou, A/Manager Drug and Alcohol Strategy Unit – Corporate Strategy & Governance Department, Victoria Police
  • Ms Heather Rickard, Chief Executive Officer, Self Help Addiction Resource Centre (SHARC)
  • Mr Angelo Pricolo, Branch Committee member, The Pharmacy Guild of Australia (Victorian Branch)
  • Mr John Rasa, Chief Executive Officer, General Practice Victoria
  • Mr John Ryan, Chief Executive Officer, Penington Institute
  • Mr Bill Suen, Branch Director, Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (Victoria)
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