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Dennis Armfield is our new Odyssey House ambassador!

“My first visit to Odyssey House was amazing,” he said.

“Seeing everyone embrace the different stages of the program and be united as they strive to reach a common goal really showed that with the right help people are able to overcome anything.”

The 27-year-old juggles his professional football career with studying podiatry at Latrobe University.

Despite his heavy training and study commitments Armfield has visited the Odyssey House residential rehabilitation facility on a number of occasions, helping out with the Odyssey Blues football team and in other areas.

“I have had personal experience with addiction through family and friends and it is often the result of one simple misjudgment,” Armfield said.

“More people should be aware of the causes and be prepared to help those affected to overcome their issues. Support can go a long way.

“To have the opportunity to become an Odyssey House ambassador is an absolute privilege and I hope I can help even just one person because every individual is important.”

Born in Canberra, Armfield was raised in Perth and drafted from Swan Districts in the 2007 AFL National Draft. He played his first senior game for Carlton in 2008 and reached the significant 100 game milestone in 2013.

Odyssey House Victoria chief executive officer Dr Stefan Gruenert said he was delighted that Armfield has become an ambassador for the organisation.

“Dennis has been very enthusiastic about helping Odyssey House in any way that he can and we are very appreciative of that,” he said.

“He has shown a real desire to help change public attitudes and reduce the stigma associated with addiction as well as provide support to those in our care. We look forward to a long association with Dennis.”

Ambassadors support the work of Odyssey House in a number of ways and play a role in helping the organisation reduce drug and alcohol use, improve mental health and reconnect people with their family and the community. Read more about Dennis ...

 

VICTORIAN ALCOHOL AND OTHER DRUGS REFORMS

Odyssey House Victoria and UnitingCare ReGen have formed a partnership with a range of complementary local health and welfare services to deliver AOD treatment services in    Melbourne's north and west from September 1st.  Current updates for clients and service providers about the changes are listed below. Further updates will be posted as they become available.

Download the updates here:

Service Provider Update 1 - Intake and Assessment

Service Provider Update 2 - Governance and Accountability

Consumer Update 1 - Summary Information

Consumer Update 1 - Detailed Information

 

 

Writers Competition 2014

Last year's winning entries here.

 

Koori Women’s Pilot Project

Odyssey House Victoria has been funded by the Department of Justice in a one-year pilot program to achieve improved justice outcomes for Aboriginal Victorians and to provide diversion and alternative initiatives to imprisonment to reduce Koori over-representation in the criminal justice system.

The pilot program will provide 4 residential treatment beds targeted to Aboriginal women (and their children) who are referred from the Victorian justice system, with priority given to women who are at risk of incarceration. This includes women on remand, on community-based orders, or completing the program prior to sentencing. It may also be available for women as a transition option post-release from prison including on parole.

 

 

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Artwork inspired by Chris Thorne.  There are five pillars that are upheld by the residents and staff at Odyssey House Victoria.

This artwork represents counting these pillars on one hand. They are Respect, Concern, Honesty, Trust and Love.

 

We acknowledge the traditional land owners of Australia and we welcome all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to our service.

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Odyssey House Victoria provides accredited training programs to both professionals in the field and recovering alcohol and other drug users looking at entering the workforce.