Category Archives: News

Odyssey goes smoke-free

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We know that around three quarters of people accessing alcohol and other drug treatment are also tobacco smokers. We also know that diseases caused by tobacco smoking kill more people than drugs and alcohol combined1. Research from multiple studies suggests that people attempting to recover from alcohol and other drug use problems, have better abstinence […]

Kids in Focus keeping families focused

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Our Specialist AOD Family Services program Kids in Focus (KIF) provides intensive outreach support for families who have multiple and complex needs, as well as Child Protection involvement. Under normal times, most of our work is home based. During COVID-19 restrictions, staff have limited their face-to-face contact and come up with interactive ways to keep […]

Working for Victoria Funding

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Odyssey House Victoria has been successful in attracting Victorian government funding for several new projects through the Working for Victoria initiative. This $500m fund was established to help people who have lost their jobs as a result of COVID-19 find paid work with organisations who need their skills.  As an essential service, Odyssey has been […]

Youth Boxing Program

Odyssey Youth & Family Services are currently running a recreational-based program at the City of Melton, to engage the most hard to reach young people in the community. The program aims to increase youth wellbeing through self-discipline, healthy-eating and exercise. It allows young people to learn boxing skills from a qualified coach and trainer within […]


We have successfully completed an 18-month pilot of a new AOD program called KickStart. This educational program helps participants to work out how their offending is associated with their use of AOD. It was developed in response to a need in providing a new treatment option for the high volume of men coming out of […]

Child Safety

Odyssey House Victoria has been participating in the STACY (Safe And Together Addressing complexitY) Project. The project aims to up-skill clinicians and build the capacity of organisations who are working with children and families experiencing family violence where there are co-occurring parental issues of mental health and AOD use. This research project is supported by […]

Overdose Prevention Program

The Overdose Prevention Program is based in the North West and South West catchments of Melbourne and in Geelong and Shepparton. It is a harm minimisation focused program raising the awareness, and reducing the impacts of fatal and non-fatal overdoses on the community. We work with people aged 16 and over who are using any […]

Odyssey Board Updates

Odyssey Board Updates The Chairperson of Odyssey’s Board Mr. Bruce Hartnett AM is soon to step down from the Board after 8 years of service. We wish him well and thank him for his time steering the Odyssey ship. The former Federal Member for Jagajaga and senior Minister, Ms. Jenny Macklin succeeds Bruce as Chair. […]

Family Reunification Program

The Family Reunification Program works with parents whose children are involved with the Child Protection system and are placed in out of home care. These families must be on a current Family Reunification Order and be working with child protection toward reunification with their children. Completion of AOD treatment is a requirement outlined by the […]