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 »

 

Lynne Magor-Blatch, Executive Officer

Dr Lynne Magor-Blatch, MAPS, FCFP, FCCLP
PhD, M.Clin.Psych; M.Psych (Forensic); B.A. (Hum & Soc.Sci); Grad. Dip. Applied Psych.; Cert IV TAA.
Honorary Principal Fellow, School of Psychology University of Wollongong

Lynne commenced her training in TCs in the United Kingdom in 1974, working at both Alpha House in Portsmouth and the Ley Community in Oxford. In 1979 she returned to Australia to take up a position with the Victorian Government in Community Education and later, with the Victorian Health Department, working in drug education and prevention at school and community level.

Lynne has more than 40 years’ experience within the Alcohol and Other Drug field, in both the non-government and Government sectors, as a program and clinical director, policy officer, lecturer, researcher and consultant. She has held positions of Associate Professor at the Universities of Canberra, Wollongong and the Australian National University and has extensive experience in program planning and development, particularly in the area of diversion initiatives for offenders and in the establishment of therapeutic community programs for women and families.

Lynne is the primary author of a number of publications, training programs and treatment interventions and has presented at both national and international conferences. She has also served as the National Convener of the Australian Psychological Society’s Psychology and Substance Use Interest Group for a number of years, and was the Chair of the Illicit Drugs in Sports Initiative. She has also held appointments to the IGCD National AOD Workforce Development Strategy Working Group, the Advisory Committee for the Review of the Drug and Alcohol Prevention and Treatment Services Sector and is an Associate Editor of the International Journal of Therapeutic Communities.

In 2008, Lynne received the ATCA Award for Significant Contribution to the TC Movement and in 2010, Lynne was inducted into the National Drug and Alcohol Awards Honour Roll.  In 2013, Lynne completed a PhD with the University of NSW with a study which compared outcomes for 125 participants in five Australian TCs receiving the Group Intervention for Amphetamine-type Stimulant (ATS) use (GIATS) with treatment as usual for 121 participants in seven matched TCs. In 2016, she was one of eleven people chosen from across the world to represent Civil Society in New York at the United Nations General Assembly Special Sitting (UNGASS) on the world drug problem.