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Open Day at the Residential Therapeutic Community

Odyssey House Victoria’s Therapeutic Community offers residential rehabilitation for Drug and Alcohol treatment to adults, couples, and families with their children.
As part of our commitment to the Alcohol and Other Drug sector, we run 3 Open Days per year inviting workers, managers, and students, with a professional interest in our work, to come out to our facility for a tour and morning tea, followed by a Q&A session with our staff and residents.
The days for 2015 are as follows:
·       Thursday April 16th  10am – 12pm
·       Thursday July 23rd  10am – 12pm
·       Thursday October 15th  10am – 12pm
Expressions of interest can be forwarded to OpenDay@odyssey.org.au by no later than the Friday previous to the date you wish to attend. Numbers are limited, so get in early! You will be sent an email confirming your place in the week prior to each Open Day.

Odyssey House Short Story Competition 2014 Winners Announced

Thank you to everyone who entered the Odyssey House Short Story Competition in 2014 under the theme of ‘Denial’. The competition closed late last year and attracted many entries from all over Australia. Our judging panel consisted of Odyssey House CEO, Dr Stefan Gruenert; Barbara Biggs, Author and Director of the Social Change Foundation; and Author Andrew Whitmore. The winners and their stories are announced below:

1st prize - Visiting Day by Dina Ross

2nd prize - Ruby Running by Melanie Zolenas-Kennedy

3rd prize - The Dive by Lachlan Hunt

Highly Commended - What The Tiles Hold of Us by Ruth Wyer


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 ...



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



The Difference Magazine

Odyssey House Victoria is delighted to be part of The Difference Magazine this year. The Difference is an annual report card on the indicators of Australia's social health. This is an introduction to Australians who live within those indicators and an invitation to engage with the community. Odyssey House is catergorised as a High Impact Charity and features one of the graduates of our residential programme.





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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.


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