‘I love my work. Talking with clients and families, getting to know them and seeing them recover never ceases to inspire me. My experience of working within several leading Drug and Alcohol addiction rehabilitation services within Melbourne and across Victoria has provided me many transferrable abilities. I use my skills, knowledge and life experience to develop solution focused recovery plans and share hope and show people that recovery is absolutely possible. I know it is. I see it every day.’
Over the last 13 years, Jason has enjoyed working in senior roles within leading private and not for profit addiction treatment, recovery support and rehabilitation services across Melbourne, Victoria. During this time he has seen many people find and achieve sustainable recovery from substance misuse and / or dependence (addiction). From senior support worker through community relations consultant, program director to ASV General Manager, he has focused on supporting people and families to change their lives.
Angela Ireland - Manager - Family Solutions Program
Angela is a Masters qualified Family Therapist with extensive experience in the recovery and family support field. For over 20 years she has worked with families impacted by a loved one’s alcohol or drug use, developed a number of family education programs used across the state including the creation of educational booklets for families.
'When people are working on changing their behaviours related to drug and alcohol misuse, dependence or addiction, the involvement of those close to them can really help. When families and friends work together problematic behaviour and negative effects can be dealt with more quickly. My experience, and the systematic study of evidence-based research, provides proof, that individuals do better when families are directly involved.
Dr Jack Warhaft - ASV Addiction Medicine - Consultant
Dr Naham (Jack) Warhaft was born in Melbourne and educated at Melbourne High School. He studied medicine at the University of Melbourne, and commenced his anaesthetic training in 1966. He began specialist practice in anaesthesia in Melbourne in 1971, and held senior appointments at Box Hill, Mercy Maternity, Werribee Mercy and Angliss hospitals. In the 1990‘s he became involved in the management of anaesthetist colleagues with narcotic dependency - the Box Hill Hospital Re-entry Program for Impaired Anaesthetists.
He furthered his training in doctor’s health by undertaking frequent visits to the USA and Canada. In 2001 he was appointed as the founding Medical Director of the Victorian Doctors Health Program (VDHP) - modelling it as closely as possible on the North American Physician Health Programs. He ceased his practice of anaesthesia and qualified as a Fellow of the Chapter of Addiction Medicine, RACP, in 2004. He retired from the VDHP in 2007, by which time he had been involved in the management of about 80 doctors with substance use disorders. From 2009 to 2017 he was the addiction medicine physician at Malvern Private Hospital in Melbourne, and was responsible for the development and implementation of the medical guidelines, and the overall provision of the medical service. He was a co-founder of ‘Australian Doctors in Recovery’ in 1994, and maintains informal links with his US, Canadian and British counterparts. He is convenor of Victorian Doctors in Recovery, which meets on a regular basis to support doctors with substance misuse issues
Peter Harvey - ASV Addiction Psychologist - Consultant
BA (Psych), PostGrad.Dip (Psych), M.Psych.
Peter Harvey has extensive experience as a registered psychologist and psychotherapist and has worked as a clinician in a variety of settings across the public and private mental health and AOD rehabilitation sectors. He specialises insupporting people experiencing challenges related to substance misuse, dependence or addiction, relationship issues, depression, anxiety and early childhood trauma.
Peter has a particular interest in working with clients and families who are experiencing issues related to Alcohol, Drug or Prescription Medication abuse. The therapeutic framework that he employs seeks to increase client awareness and self-efficacy. This includes an exploration of unprocessed emotions and their defence, the identification of problematic thinking and belief systems as well as the role key relationships play in the self-defeating patterns that repeat throughout the client’s life.
Lisa Cooper - Secretary
In Lisa’s role as Secretary she brings a wealth of experience from owning and running her own small business and is inspired by seeing people who have faced addiction turn their lives around and grow. Possessing excellent communications skills, Lisa’s attention to detail, warmth and generosity allow her to perform her role to the utmost ability. Lisa is a founding member of the ASV board who became involved due to a identified community need for more Drug and Alcohol rehabilitation and recovery support services across Melbourne, Victoria.
‘Listening to the stories of family members and their loved ones and hearing how they found opportunities to turn things around have been a life-changing experience for me. Not only have they survived addiction, they live truly inspiring lives. This knowledge and hope is priceless.’
Debbie Sesso - Board Member
Debbie is an enthusiastic advocate for recovery and understands the important of effective, evidenced based addiction treatment and recovery support. As a leader of a family support group, Debbie expresses her passion through her interest in finding ways to help families and people with alcohol and / or other drug problems.
"Its really great to see how far ASV has come in a relatively short time, i am wrapped to be a part of it all and cant wait to see what the future holds"
Rosa Good – Board Member
Rosa is a communications and marketing specialist with experience in the not-for-profit and education sectors. Passionate about helping others, Rosa is an enthusiastic supporter of ASV and is motivated to ensure that ASV delivers best practiced, evidenced based Drug and Alcohol rehabilitation and recovery support, providing all ASV program participants with the very best opportunity for sustainable recovery from issues related to substance misuse or dependence (addiction).