Credentialled Members

Credentialled* Drug and Alcohol Nurses & Advanced Certified* Addiction Nurses

*These are equivalent awards; named differently according to the requirements of each country.

Charlotte Byrne: RN, B Nursing (UTS), Grad Cert Hth Sc (Newc), Grad Dip Add&MH (Adel.), CDAN

charlotte byrneCharlotte Byrne is a Registered Nurse with more than 12 years experience working as a clinician in the AOD sector and she has a particular interest and expertise in the area of pharmacotherapy. Charlotte’s current role is Rural ATOD Withdrawal/Pharmacotherapy Nurse based in Wangaratta, NE Victoria. Charlotte has successfully completed a Graduate Diploma in Addiction and Mental Health and most recently became a CDAN (Credentialled Drug and Alcohol Nurse) through DANA’s credentialling program. Charlotte is a member of DANA’s Credentialling Advisory Committee.

Tim Emerton: RN, BN, Dip FET, Dip N (Mental Health), MNP, CDAN

TimTim Emerton currently works as a Nurse Practitioner in Alcohol and Other Drugs in an outpatient withdrawal and pharmacotherapy stabilisation clinic. He also works in two pharmacotherapy clinics. Tim has worked in AOD and Mental Health for the past 24 years in various capacities. This has included managing an outpatient withdrawal service and a pharmacotherapy unit, delivering Cert IV to Diploma level AOD education, and case managing in a pharmacotherapy clinic. He has worked in community and inpatient mental health settings. He spent 18 years working in the Northern Territory which provided him with a diverse range of experiences. He was the Community Nurse of the Year in the Northern Territory in 2006. He was the first AOD Nurse Practitioner in QLD. He has a passion to further professionalism in AOD nurses.

Jennifer Holmes, RN, BHSc (Nursing), MHSc (Health Informatics), GDip (Health Counselling), CDAN

jennifer-holmesJennifer has been a Drug and Alcohol nurse since the late 80’s and is delighted about being awarded recognition for this specialist role via the DANA Pathways to Credentialling process. Jennifer is currently the Clinical Services Manager at Australia’s only supervised injecting facility in Kings Cross, Sydney. Jennifer is also working on a project to introduce routine outcome monitoring to government drug and alcohol services in New South Wales. Jennifer is a member of DANA’s Credentialling Advisory Committee and is the current chair person.

Louise Leonard RN, NP, BA(Psych), BHSc(Nurs), PGCertHsc(Addiction & Coexist Disorders), PGDipHSc(Mental Health Nursing), MNursing(Hons), ACAN

LouiseLouise works as a Nurse Practitioner (NP) – Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD), for the Community Alcohol and Drug Service, within the Mental Health and Addiction Service of Waikato District Health Board in Hamilton, New Zealand.

Louise is also currently the International Vice President (VP) for DANA and Louise is the first VP to be based in New Zealand. She has been on the DANA management committee since 2008.

Louise has worked in the alcohol and drug field for the past 17 years. She began working in the field on the Central Coast of New South Wales, Australia in 1997. She held many roles including AOD Counsellor and Group facilitator, Team Leader of the Needle and Syringe program, Hepatitis C Primary Health Care Co-ordinator and AOD Clinical Nurse Consultant.

Louise returned to New Zealand in 2004 and held the position of Clinical Nurse Manager of the Community Alcohol and Drug Service (CADS) in Hamilton for five years. She later took up an advanced practice nursing position as Clinical Nurse Specialist, providing AOD Consultation Liaison services to Waikato Hospital in Hamilton, New Zealand. She changed to a clinical role to support her journey towards Nurse Practitioner (NP) and she completed her Masters of Nursing (Prescribing) with First Class Honours at the University of Auckland in 2010 and was endorsed by the New Zealand Nursing Council as New Zealand’s first NP (AOD) in April 2012.

Additionally Louise works as a clinical tutor for the National Addiction Centre, University of Otago, supervising postgraduate students undertaking studies in addiction and co-existing disorders. Louise also writes subjects and provides online tutoring for the Australian College of Nursing Drug and Alcohol studies.

Louise is passionate about addiction nursing and has been instrumental in nursing workforce development in New Zealand and Australia. Louise is Maori, of Ngapuhi descent, and is a strong advocate for improved access to health services, especially alcohol and drug services, for minority groups, particularly Maori, Pacific Island people and ATSI.

Stephen Ling RN, NP, Diploma Health Science (Drug and Alcohol), MACN, CDAN (and re-credentialled in 2017)

Ling Stephen 0081Stephen Ling is a DANA member and Nurse Practitioner in Drug and Alcohol. He has worked primarily for the Consultation Liaison Drug and Alcohol Service at John Hunter Hospital for the last 17 years, nine of those as an endorsed Nurse Practitioner. He was the first endorsed Nurse Practitioner in Drug and Alcohol in Australia. Stephen holds a Conjoint Teaching position with the University of Newcastle, Faculty of Health and Medicine. He has presented to both National and International forums and published on substance use, alcohol withdrawal, the role of nurses in the drug and alcohol field and on the role of the Nurse Practitioner. He has been involved in reviews of drug and alcohol related management guidelines for New South Wales Health. He leads a nurse-led opiate maintenance clinic at the Newcastle Opiate Treatment Service as an accredited opiate maintenance treatment prescriber one half day each week.

Kerry Mawson RN, MHthSc, Grad Cert Higher Ed, CDAN

KerryKerry Mawson is a CNS, Community Drug and Alcohol Clinician and Research Assistant to the Senior Staff Specialist Psychiatrist (Addiction Medicine) at a major teaching hospital. Kerry has worked in various roles in drug and alcohol services for more than twenty years and has a particular interest and expertise in co-morbidity. She is currently Clinical Liaison Mental Health Drug and Alcohol and is a Lecturer in mental health at the Australian Catholic University. In this role Kerry mentors students academically and is a clinical supervisor to new graduate nurses clinically in their practice.

Kerry has an emerging research track and publication record with interests in mental health, drug and alcohol, Indigenous health, mentoring and clinical supervision. Kerry is a Professional Member of the Impaired Registrants Panel, Nursing and Midwifery Council, NSW.

Darren Smyth RN, NP, BA (Anthropology), Grad Dip (Health Education), M Nursing (Nurse Practitioner), CDAN (and re-credentialled in 2017)

DarrenDarren Smyth had his first taste of the Drug and Alcohol field in 1988 at a counselling centre in West Sydney which provided the catalyst for him to embark on a career in the field. Throughout the past 20 years he has worked across regional and remote Australia in various roles including; detoxification units, rehabilitation programs, community dual-diagnosis, research, hospital consultation and liaison, management and within the prison environment within the Drug and Alcohol field. Moreover during this time he has continued to acquire further skills and extended his knowledge base through obtaining under and post-graduate university degrees in Anthropology, Education and Nursing. He currently works as a Drug and Alcohol Nurses Practitioner for Justice Health within corrective services.

Liz Burnett CDAN

Liz BurnettOriginally a Mental Health Nurse, Liz quickly developed an interest in Drug and Alcohol Nursing and now has 20 years post registration experience in the sector.  Prior to moving to Australia in 2005 Liz held several senior positions in London and was instrumental in the development of a multi-agency model in youth addiction that went on to be developed across other areas in London.  Liz now works in Perth WA. She holds a Diploma and Master Degree in Drug, Alcohol and Addictive Behaviour.

Jennifer Harland RN MSc MA Grad Cert (Mental Health) Grad Cert (ICU) CDAN

j harland 4Jennifer Harland has extensive clinical, teaching and policy experience in the area of addiction. She has held positions in withdrawal management centres, opioid treatment programs, rehabilitation, tertiary teaching institutions, Australian State and National government agencies. Jennifer is a credentialed drug and alcohol nurse and the current President of DANA. She has completed a Master of Science (Addiction Studies) and a Master of Arts (Applied Ethics). Based in Canberra, Jennifer is the Director of Clinical Services for Karralika Programs Inc. Prior to this, Jennifer was Global Coordinator of the ASSIST at the DASSA WHO Collaborating Centre. She has also held the position of National Coordinator of the Alcohol, Tobacco and other Drugs Program for the Australian Defence Force.

Casey Doyle RN, BN, Grad Cert Intl Hth, Grad Cert A&D Studies, CDAN

CaseyCasey made the transition from orthopaedic nursing to drug and alcohol in 2012. Since then he has been a contributing author to an alcohol treatment program for Indigenous Australians and a co-author to a brief group intervention for non-treatment seeking individuals subjected to court-ordered supervision. He has also authored a treatment manual for a six-week group intervention for substance misuse, entitled Crossroads, which is currently implemented across six different locations in Central Queensland.

Casey has led a project to implement hospital-based drug and alcohol services in Rockhampton, including a Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) model within the emergency department, and a Drug and Alcohol Consultation Liaison service.

Casey is the founder of Brave New World: a weblog disseminating news, views, research and other developments in alcohol, tobacco and other drugs worldwide. The site has a global reach with readers in over 100 countries.  Casey is an advocate for drug policy reform and a member of the AustralianDrug Law Reform Foundation.

Casey is currently the AOD Consultation Liaison to Rockhampton Hospital.

Dr Daryle Deering CDAN

Daryle32A founding DANA member in New Zealand, Daryle continues to encourage others to join and ensures that DANA has a voice in New Zealand.

Daryle’s work since 1980 has been primarily in community-based services including community alcohol and drug services, opioid substitution treatment, family and youth mental health services. Her career has featured senior management and leadership roles including a period as the Director of Mental Health Nursing for the Canterbury District Health Board from 2000-2007.

Awarded a Master of Health Sciences in 1997 Daryle then received her PhD from the University of Otago in 2007 for a dissertation titled ‘Methadone Maintenance Treatment in New Zealand’. She continues to be actively involved with research and she is currently a Senior Lecturer within the interdisciplinary National Addiction Centre at the University of Otago in Christchurch.

Since 2004 Daryle has led a national nursing reference group, to define addiction nursing and to begin the process of clearly articulating the knowledge, skills and attitudes demonstrated at different levels of practice, from novice nurse to advanced practitioner. This culminated in the development of the Aotearoa / New Zealand Addiction Specialty Nursing Competency Framework* (in collaboration with Matua Raki and DANA). Daryle has also been a member of the DANA Standards Expert Reference Group.

Daryle has also held prominent nursing roles in New Zealand such as Vice President and President of Te Ao Maaramatanga, the New Zealand College of Mental Health Nurses. She was also instrumental in collaborating with DANA to bring about the first Mental Health and Addiction Nursing conference, which was held in Auckland in June 2013.

Warren Harlow   RN, PhD, MMHN (Nurse Practitioner), MMHN, BN, Adjunct Associate Professor University of Canberra, CDAN, CMHN.

Warren is currently practicing within a clinical nurse consultant, dual diagnosis role within the mental health services of Gold Coast Health.  Warren has previously undertaken research exploring the accessibility of drug intervention services, managed and provided clinical services within drug intervention settings and he has broad mental health nursing experience.  Warren’s current role encompasses providing direct client care, training clinicians and generating quality activities within the context of Alcohol and Other Drug interventions to improve consumer outcomes in mental health services.


Carol Price   RNM, MMHN, Grad Dip Health (Addiction), CDAN

Carol’s DANA membership goes back to the 1980s! Right now she is the DANA Representative for the Northern Territory (and also the DANA Officer for Education / Training and Research). She leads a monthly journal club for DANA members, reaching remote communities in the Territory.

Since she began her career in Drug and Alcohol Nursing Carol  has furthered her experience in  several roles;  immediately prior to her  recent re-location Queensland  she was the first AOD Nurse Practitioner Candidate for NT incorporating the position of Dual Diagnosis (Mental Health and Substance use) within, Alcohol and other Drugs Services  Darwin.

In 2001 Carol as part of a commissioning team in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), helped establish a drug and alcohol detoxification and rehabilitation treatment centre for the UAE Government.

Elaine Wade RN, BSc (Reproductive and Sexual Health), Grad Cert (Drug and Alcohol), Master of Nursing, CDAN

Elaine’s passion for the drug and alcohol nursing first took hold when while she was working as a community midwife.  In 2001 she successfully gained funding for the establishment of a new position, Drug Liaison Midwife. In this role she supported mums, babies and families in promoting better health and social outcomes at the point of delivery and beyond.

Elaine moved to Australia in 2005 and has been working for Metro South Addictions and Mental Health since that time.  Since settling in Brisbane she has completed a Grad Cert in Drug and alcohol studies, a Masters in Nursing and gained CDAN through DANA’s credentialling program.

Recent  recipients of the DANA Credential / Advanced Certification in 2017:

  • Margo Hickman,
  • Elly Staunton-McKenzie,
  • Lisa Barling,
  • Angela Martin,
  • Elaine Wade,
  • Marie De Grazia,
  • Rosa Bibby,
  • Sharyn Amos,
  • Sue Adams,
  • Raewyn Birkett.