ODYSSEY HOUSE VICTORIA: Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment, Training & Support

The Executive Team


Dr. Stefan Gruenert is a registered psychologist with more than 13 years experience in the drug and alcohol sector as a clinician, supervisor, researcher, and senior manager. In the past, Stefan has worked as a senior counsellor in a range of settings and has conducted research on alcohol use, treatment effectiveness, intimacy, family work and fathers. Stefan has been actively involved in promoting change to better address the needs of children affected by problematic parental substance use and has taught courses in counselling, statistics, drug and alcohol, family work, and personality disorders. He has developed a number of resources for workers in the drug and alcohol field, regularly provides advice to government, and has delivered a number of presentations at national and international conferences. In 2008, Stefan was invited as one of 300 delegates from around the world to a meeting on global drug policy held at the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in Vienna. Stefan is a current Board Director of the Victorian Alcohol and other Drug Association, and of the Alcohol and Drug Council of Australia. He is also a member of the Australian Psychological Society’s Substance Use Interest Group, the Victorian Legal Aid Community Consultative Committee, and the Victorian Government’s Sector Reform Reference Group. Stefan has contributed to the Illicit Drugs in Sport reference group, the Expert Advisory Group for the Victorian Alcohol and Drug Strategy, and the Protecting Victoria’s Vulnerable Children Inquiry. Stefan has two young sons and enjoys travel, renovating, sport, gardening and cooking.

Jeff is a qualified accountant with some 40 years experience in financial operations, management accounting, project management, general management and administration. Most of this experience having been gained in senior executive finance positions in the public sector. Additionally, Jeff has substantial experience in major project work and business strategy development gained both locally and in South East Asia.

Janet was born in Liverpool, England and migrated to Australia in 1998. Janet has worked in Fundraising and Development in the not-for-profit sector for more than 15 years. Originally from a corporate background, she entered not-for-profits in 1994 becoming the CEO of Liverpool One Parent Families Trust. Janet was also on the Board of the National Council for One Parent Families and a member of WARM (Women as Role Models). Since then Janet headed up the Red Cross Calling Campaign for a number of years, was Head of Fundraising at Jewish Care and joined Odyssey House Victoria in 2008. Janet is a member of the Fundraising Institute of Australia.

Eric has been the Executive Manager of the residential services at Odyssey House Victoria for over 15 years. Eric established the award winning Circuit Breaker program in North East Victoria in 2005. Eric is a board member and past president of the Australasian Therapeutic Communities Association which seeks to promote quality treatment services throughout Australia and New Zealand. Eric has contributed to a variety of reference groups and his expertise is regularly called on by other residential programs from around the country where he offers secondary consultations. Eric has an MBA and qualifications in community service management, quality auditing, and drug and alcohol.

Neos is a registered psychologist and has worked in the alcohol and other drug field for over 25 years. He currently oversees the Odyssey Institute (Training Unit) and Odyssey Community Services. Neos has developed and implemented training and professional development programs for both professional staff and clients undergoing treatment. Neos has also worked in a range of other roles including as a consultant and as a community development worker in assisting both place-based and ethno-specific communities develop community responses to alcohol and other drug issues within their communities. Neos also runs a small private practice. Neos is recognised as highly knowledgeable in the areas of addiction and treatment and has, in the past, been President of the Victorian Alcohol And other Drugs Association (VAADA) and has worked in areas ranging from direct treatment, policy, drug prevention and community development. Neos sits on various State, National and Industry reference groups, committees and steering groups.