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 […]

Dave Pate

After ten years of increasing drug and alcohol dependance, and surviving increasingly life threatening situations, I voluntarily entered Odyssey House Victoria’s Therapeutic Community (TC) in Lower Plenty in early 2007.   I graduated the program in mid 2009 after 2 and a half years as a resident. Through the years of addiction and the associated behaviours, I […]

Peter Allen

Peter Allen spent more than 20 years in the Victorian Public service in which time he served as Deputy Secretary in the Department of Health and Community Services, Victoria’s Chief Drug Strategy Officer, Director of Schools, Secretary of the Department of Education and Training, Secretary of the Department of Tourism, Sport and the Commonwealth Games […]

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 […]

KickStart

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 […]