Category Archives: News

Vale Peter Down

The Gippsland community and Odyssey House Victoria lost a dear friend, visionary, and beloved community leader with the passing of Peter Down in May this year. Peter with wife Margaret (pictured), was a driving force behind the establishment of the Odyssey House Victoria Hope residential rehabilitation centre in East Gippsland. Theirs is a remarkable story […]

Growing demand for financial counselling service 

Ninety-five percent of people seeking help from Odyssey House Victoria each year experience financial issues. These are often highly complex, linked directly or indirectly to their substance use and/or co-occurring mental health issues.  Odyssey House delivers one of only a handful of specialist AOD financial counselling services in Victoria, recognising that our clients’ ability to […]

School-based program commences in Melton

Odyssey House Victoria was delighted to attract Federal government funding for the Building Resilience through Advocacy, Counselling and Education (BRACE) program earlier this year.  BRACE is an evidence-based, wrap-around school-based program where skilled Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) clinicians are embedded within secondary schools to provide early intervention, drug education, prosocial skills, counselling and referral […]

New on the Executive Team

Odyssey House Victoria is delighted to welcome two new members to our executive team. Anne Cox (pictured left) is the new Executive Manager of Residential Services, and Jane Williams (pictured right) is the new Executive Manager of Community Alcohol and Other Drugs Programs.  Anne comes to Odyssey House with extensive experience in the health, aged […]

Bairnsdale Hope Centre opening

A Welcome to Country signalled the beginning of formal proceedings of the official opening of the Odyssey House Victoria Hope Centre on 27 April which is located in Lucknow on the traditional lands of the Gunaikurnai people. Jenny Macklin, Chair of Odyssey House Victoria welcomed guests which included The Hon Darren Chester MP, Federal Member […]

Short Story Competition 2022

Odyssey House Victoria’s annual Short Story Competition is open for 2022. This year’s theme is “Family Secrets” and must include a reference to alcohol or other drugs. For full T’s and C’s and instructions on how to enter, head to First place wins $1000 and a one year membership to Writers Victoria. Please share this with […]

Diversity and Inclusion Statement

Odyssey House Victoria recognises Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the traditional custodians of the land and waters now known as Australia. We acknowledge the continuing impacts of western settlement on this country. We are committed to providing a culturally safe environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and to supporting opportunities for […]

Annual appeal 2022

Image of family in front of family home

My name is Amanda. My husband and I have been together for over 30 years, and we live in country Victoria. We have three beautiful adult children and we run our own small business. I want to share my family’s story and our journey with addiction.  Never, while watching my children grow up, did I […]