Better outcomes through collaboration

What we do

Better outcomes through collaboration

What we do

The Australian Alcohol and other Drugs Council (AADC) is the national peak body representing the alcohol and other drugs sector.

Our history

AADC was established in July 2017, following the closure of the Alcohol and other Drugs Council of Australia (ADCA), and formally commenced operations in April 2020.

Our reach

Through our members, AADC represents:

  • over 550 AOD specialist health services working to prevent and reduce harms which can be associated with the use of alcohol and other drugs, including more than 80% of the non-government organisations that receive federal funding to deliver services and support to people using alcohol and other drugs
  • more than 1600 specialist practitioners working in alcohol and other drug services in the areas of prevention and early intervention, as well as treatment settings representing all treatment types including counselling, detoxification, residential and non-residential rehabilitation, opiate replacement therapy, and harm reduction and prevention services
  • researchers and policy specialists dedicated to building the evidence-base to support robust, high impact practice and programs, and
  • people who use or have used alcohol and other drugs, and their families.

Our members

AADC’s founding members comprise each state and territory peak body for the alcohol and other drugs sector; other national peak bodies relating to the alcohol and other drugs sector; and professional bodies for those working in the alcohol and other drugs sector. They are:

The Drug Policy Modelling Program is an associate member of AADC.

Our People | Board Members

Jill Rundle | Chairperson

Jill is the CEO of the Western Australian Network of Alcohol and other Drug Agencies (WANADA). Jill is passionate about systemic advocacy, the need to recognise alcohol and other drug use primarily as a health concern, and the unique value of the specialist service sector. Her work has encompassed strategies to promote equitable access to alcohol and other drug services, sector capacity building and cross-sector collaboration. Jill developed the WA AOD Sector Quality Framework in 2004 which is now an international accreditation standard for the alcohol and other drug service sector.

Alison Lai

Alison is the CEO of the Alcohol, Tobacco and other Drugs Council of Tasmania (ATDC). Alison has a 25+ year career spanning the Tasmanian private, public and not for profit sectors, including extensive experience leading peak bodies. She is a passionate advocate for developing strong and meaningful relationships between government and the communities they seek to assist. Alison works to increase awareness of alcohol, tobacco and other drug issues in Tasmania, address stigma, improve data sharing and increase the representation of people who use alcohol and other drugs.

Rebecca Lang

Rebecca is the CEO of the Queensland Network of Alcohol and other Drug Agencies (QNADA). Rebecca is an experienced systems advocate with a background in organisational quality improvement. She is a member of the Australian National Advisory Council on Alcohol and other Drugs (ANACAD), the principal expert advisory body to the Australian Government on issues relating to alcohol and other drugs. Rebecca also sits on the advisory board of the National Centre for Youth Substance Use Research (NCYSUR) and the board of Unharm.

Adam Searby

Adam is a lecturer in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Deakin University in Melbourne. He has worked across a range of healthcare settings to deliver mental health and AOD nursing care. Adam is President of the Drug and Alcohol Nurses of Australasia (DANA), the peak body for nurses interested in AOD issues in Australia and New Zealand. Adam is involved in a number of current projects advocating for increased capability and capacity in the AOD workforce, and has co-authored a study into the state of the AOD nursing workforce in Australia and New Zealand.

Robert Stirling

Robert is the CEO of the Network of Alcohol and other Drugs Agencies (NADA) in NSW. Robert has worked in the AOD sector for almost 15 years across the government and non-government sectors. He sits on a number of committees representing the non-government AOD sector, including as a board director for the National Centre for Clinical Research on Emerging Drugs (NCCRED). Robert holds qualifications in public health and community management, and is currently undertaking a doctorate exploring performance measurement of AOD treatment.

Our People | Staff

Jennifer Duncan | Chief Executive Officer

Jennifer is the inaugural CEO of AADC. Jennifer is an award-winning social advocate and has extensive experience in leading state and federal peak bodies in the areas of social services, child and family support, youth affairs and justice reinvestment. Jennifer is based in South Australia. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons), a Masters of Business Administration and is a Fellow of the Governor’s Leadership Foundation Program delivered through the Leaders Institute of South Australia.

Jemma Taylor Cross | State & Territory Peaks Network Coordinator

Jemma has over 15 years’ experience working in the non-government sector, particularly in the areas of primary prevention of violence against women, women’s rights and gender equality. Jemma is based in South Australia. She is a social worker and social planner who has worked extensively in creating engagement and partnerships with local, state and national governments and stakeholders.