A leader in alcohol and other drug services

Directions Health Services has provided treatment and support to people and concerned others impacted by alcohol, drugs and other addictions for more than forty years.

We are a specialist drug treatment service funded primarily by ACT Health and the Australian Government Department of Health.

Over the years our programs have evolved and adapted to suit the community’s ever-changing needs and reflect the latest social and scientific research.
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Our Vision, Mission, Values & Strategic Plan

  • Our Vision Addiction free communities, where lives are transformed and families can be families.
  • Our Mission To instill hope without judgment; to work in partnership to maximise health and wellbeing.
  • Our Values

Board

Directions is incorporated under Assisting Drug Dependents Inc and trades under the business name of Directions Health Services. Directions is governed by a voluntary board that oversee the organisation’s strategic direction. The current Board comprises:

Frank Quinlan –
President

Frank believes in getting the most out of life. When he’s not running a marathon or taking to the skies as a recreational flyer he is working to improve the lives of others. For more than 20 years he has been active in the not-for-profit sector including …read more

Ken Wedgwood –
Vice President/Secretary

Ken is a professional with a conscience. As a Certified Practicing Accountant, Ken has an extensive career in finance both in Australia and overseas and has held a number of senior positions including as Chief Internal Auditor for the Australian Government Department …read more

Chris Fusca – Treasurer

Chris is a devoted dad who loves spending time with his young family, playing sport and going to the movies. As a Canberra local, he is proud to be a part of the Directions family and the positive work we do to help people throughout the Canberra region. In his professional life, he is a Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants …read more

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Amy Kilpatrick –
Board member

Amy has worked as a lawyer in social justice areas for many years and has a passion for public interest legal work. After establishing Street Law Outreach Legal Service in 2010, Amy moved into corporate governance advising.

Sheila Holcombe –
Board member

Sheila is currently working as a Policy Advisor for the National Health Funding Body in Canberra. Sheila worked as a CEO in primary care in NSW from 2006 to 2015 and for the Commonwealth Department of Health from 1992 to …read more

Ben Duggan –
Board member

Ben is a local teacher passionate about equity. Ben has worked locally in the Canberra education industry before becoming a teacher at Melrose High School with the Teach for …read more

Andrew Fraser –
Board member

Andrew Fraser has been practising as a criminal defender in Canberra for eight years after committing journalism for almost three decades straight, save for a short break as a political staffer.
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Justice Richard Refshauge –
Our Patron

Justice Richard Refshauge has played a pivotal role in Directions’ work in the community for more than 40 years.
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Our Management

Bronwyn Hendry –
Chief Executive Officer

Bronwyn has an extensive professional background in mental health, in both clinical and administrative roles, which is hugely complementary to her work in the ATOD field. She began her career in that sector as a registered mental health nurse, working in …read more

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Director Service Delivery

 

Angela Jeffrey –
Chief Finance Officer

Angela completed her Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting in 1994 and has over 23 years experience in a diverse range of accounting roles. She has been a member of The Australian Institute of Certified Practicing Accountants since 1997. …read more

Kim Fleming –
Manager Arcadia House

Kim has worked in the non-government ATOD sector for 29 years, bringing a wealth of knowledge to Directions broadly, and Arcadia House specifically. She has worked in the NSW and local ATOD sectors, including We Help Ourselves (WHOS). …read more

Mary-Anne Struthers –
Human Resources Development Leader

Mary-Anne has a wide range of experience in administrative and HR roles having worked across the private, public, academic and community sectors. This includes nearly two years as HR Manager …read more

Tracey Hughes –
Manager – Community Services

Tracey commenced working in the community sector in 2000 with Women’s services and then focused working within the ATOD field. Tracey has held numerous clinical and leadership roles …read more

Kellie Lumby –
Quality and Service Development Manager

Kellie has spent many years working for government and non-government organisations in the areas of quality, accreditation, policy and procedures in both Queensland and Victoria.
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