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Ice Community Forum

November 16, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


ice_forum_smallDo you have questions you’d like answered about ice?  Are you concerned about the impact it might be having on the community, or on someone you care for?


live.life.well. will be hosting a forum on Wednesday 16 November, giving community members the chance to pose questions to a panel of experts, about ice and other drugs.  The forum will take place at Phee Broadway Theatre from 6:00-8:00pm and will include 90 minutes of Q&A with the panel, followed by mingling in the foyer after.


The purpose of the forum is to offer accurate and factual information, debunk myths that may exist around ice use, acknowledge concerns about the impacts this issue is having on the Mount Alexander community, and also to gauge further education, training and support needs.


Our expert panel includes:

Crios O’Mahony – Project Lead, Penington Institute

Denis Farrell – Leading Senior Constable, Youth Resource Officer, Victoria Police

Dr Richard Mayes – GP, Lyttleton Street Clinic

Cher Bray – Alcohol and other Drug Counsellor, Castlemaine District Community Health

Janet Lees – Alcohol and other Drug Withdrawal Nurse, Castlemaine District Community Health

Daniel Fawkner – Alcohol and Other Drug Practicioner, Mind Australia


This event is free but bookings are essential through trybooking here.

At time of booking you will be able to ask up to three questions to the panel of experts.  Questions will be grouped in themes and given to the panel members prior.  If extra time is available on the night, the facilitator will take extra questions from the floor.


For further information please contact Castlemaine District Community Health on 5479 1000 or email@cdch.com.au


Expert panel member bios

Crios O’Mahony – Workforce Development Project Lead, Penington Institute

Crios O’Mahony has worked with alcohol and other drug users for nearly 25 years in the UK and Australia. In London Crios worked with rough sleepers in drop in centres, night and cold weather shelters and long term homeless hostels as well as in the justice system. Previously, Crios was the team leader of an alcohol and other drug outreach team in the Northern suburbs of Melbourne. Crios worked for a number of years on Needle and Syringe Programs including a mobile, street based service in Melbourne’s CBD and a mobile service in the northern and western suburbs.

As Workforce Development Project Lead at Penington Institute, provides support and training for agencies working with drug users across the country; he regularly works with needle and syringe programs throughout Victoria. Crios is the Project Lead in Penington Institute’s Community Overdose Prevention and Education Program.

Crios has been conducting community forums and capacity building activities in Victoria and New South Wales in the area of methamphetamines.


Denis Farrell – Leading Senior Constable Youth Resource Officer Goldfields, Victoria Police

Denis Farrell joined the police force in 1996.  He worked general duties in Ballarat and country stations and 18 months in plain clothes targeting drug offences. He worked for 2 years as a prosecutor out of Bendigo, regularly attending the Castlemaine Magistrates Court. He has also worked as an intelligence practitioner out of the St. Kilda Road police complex and is now employed as a Youth Resource Officer in the Proactive Unit based out of Maryborough.


Cher Bray – Registered Nurse, Alcohol and Other Drugs Counsellor, Castlemaine District Community Health

Currently employed as AOD counsellor at Castlemaine District Community Health, providing support to individuals, partners and families since March 2012.  Previous experience, two years at an AOD rehab centre and 25 years in community mental health and suicide prevention crisis assessment.


Janet Lees – Alcohol and Drug Withdrawal Nurse, Castlemaine District Community Health

Janet has been a Registered Division 1 nurse for 37 years, working in hospitals in NZ, Melbourne and currently in Castlemaine, and is part-time at Castlemaine health.

Seven years ago she had a change of focus and completed training in Alcohol and Other drugs, Mental health and Dual Diagnosis, and lucky enough to obtain work, also part-time, at CDCH six years ago as the Non Residential Alcohol and Drug Withdrawal Nurse.


Daniel Fawkner – Alcohol and Other Drug Practitioner, Mind Australia

Daniel Fawkner is employed as an Alcohol and Other Drug Practitioner by Mind Australia. He currently services the Loddon Mallee region covering Bendigo, Maryborough, Castlemaine, Kyneton and Gisborne. He has worked with Mind Australia in this role for over 2 years and currently works with forensic and voluntary clients in Counselling and/or Care and Recovery capacities.


November 16, 2016
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


5479 1000


Phee Broadway Theatre
Mechanics Lane
Castlemaine, VIC 3450 Australia
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