Good Hope Story

Good Hope Story

This is very likely one of the hardest stories I have ever given. I will take you back to the age of thirteen. This is where my addiction started even though it More »

WHOS Sunshine Coast Client reflection

WHOS Sunshine Coast Client reflection

I was born in Gladstone Qld on the 23/10/1979.  My mother and father separated when I was one year of age. Mum found a new boyfriend who was her partner til I More »

WHOS New Beginnings Client Story

WHOS New Beginnings Client Story

My life before I got to New Beginnings was very depressing. I was out of control in so many ways. I had recently moved back from Mt Isa and was in a More »

WHOS MTAR Client Story

WHOS MTAR Client Story

Prior to coming to WHOS MTAR my life was unmanageable to the extent where even going to the chemist to pick up my methadone was a struggle. I was stuck in a More »

WHOS Gunyah Client Story

WHOS Gunyah Client Story

I was surrounded by drugs from an early age. My father was addicted to drugs and there wasn’t many times I did not see him with a beer in hand or some More »

RTOD Client Male 35 years old – 110 mg Methadone

RTOD Client Male 35 years old – 110 mg Methadone

Before I thought about coming to WHOS RTOD I had done about 12 detox programs and thought every time I could stay clean myself. It took a long time to realize this More »

WHOS RTOD Client Female 35 years old – 130 mg Methadone

WHOS RTOD Client Female 35 years old – 130 mg Methadone

Life before WHOS RTOD was absolute hell for me. I have one sister who is alive and 2 brothers deceased. My father passed away last year and my mum is dying from More »

Hunter resident reflections

Hunter resident reflections

What it was like. At the age of 11 it was just natural to me that everyone used drugs, I thought nothing of it. I listened to everyone glorifying it so I More »

Sophie

Sophie

Hi, my name is Sophie and I am an alcoholic. I will be eternally grateful to the Therapeutic Community at Cyrenian House, my counsellor, my very wise sponsor,  my Higher Power, my More »

 

Eric Allan, Secretary & Public Officer

Eric Allan is Executive Manager of Residential Programs Odyssey House Victoria. He lives in Melbourne and is a proud father and grandfather who enjoys the arts, the outdoors, cooking and reading. His qualifications include: Masters of Business Administration; Diploma of Community Service Management; Diploma of Alcohol Other Drugs and Mental health; and Diploma of Business Quality Auditing.

2018 marks 30 years of work in Therapeutic Communities for Eric.  He is a long-time advocate for TCs and a champion of any moves to further the development and reputation of TCs by: appropriately training staff, accrediting programs, studying processes and outcomes and advocating for realistic funding to achieve these objectives.

Both Odyssey House and Eric have a long history of assisting new and emerging programs to establish themselves in their own right.  

Odyssey House Victoria currently operates two Accredited Therapeutic Communities in Victoria. Both of these programs are accredited under ISO 9000 and certified under the ATCA Standard.  The registration with Reconciliation Australia of the Odyssey House Stretch Reconciliation Action Plan in 2017 also marks a new high for the organisation in “Bridging the Gap.”

Eric believes that the end goal of these quality initiatives is to ensure that clients receive a credible treatment experience.

Eric’s work has included hands-on experience with youth, families and adults as part of a thirty-year career. The past twenty years have been spent in service management/development. Eric is proud to have been a Director of the ATCA Board since 2000 and past President 2002/2004, 2015/2016.He is a member of the Standards subcommittee and the ATCA’s Public Officer and Secretary.

Eric has been a board member and expert representative on a variety of Boards and reference groups that concern themselves with issues of homelessness, youth, community arts and development, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander development and, of course, drug and alcohol treatment.