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How do you maintain a change agenda over the longer term? What keeps people focussed on driving change over a number of years? How do you look after yourself whilst also advocating for others?

The Change Agent Network is excited to present a forum on how to advocate for change over the long term with two of Australia’s leading advocates for positive change within the health area:


Professor Margaret Hamilton has more than 40 years’ experience in the AOD field. Among many influential roles, she was founding Director of Turning Point (10 yrs); an executive member of the ANC on Drugs (14 yrs); Chair of the Multiple & Complex Needs Panel (6 yrs) & Chair of the Board, Cancer Council Victoria. Now she is: Board member of VicHealth, Mental Health Review Tribunal & WA A&D Advisory Board; Patron of DANA and the Penington Institute; and a Life Governor of the ADF & Prof. (Hon) School Population & Global Health, University of Melbourne.


Emeritus Professor David Penington has courageously advocated for sensible drug policy in his roles as former chairman of the National AIDS Task Force, the Victorian Premier’s Drug Advisory Council, and the Victorian Government’s Drug Policy Expert Committee. His unstinting efforts over many years helped to make Australia a world leader in HIV/AIDS public health strategies and in combating the HIV/AIDS epidemic. The Penington Institute is named in honour of him.

Monday 25 JULY 2016 9.45 – 1.00 PM Assembly Hall Building, Robert White Hall 1/156 Collins Street, Melbourne

This is a FREE event. Please register via Eventbrite by MONDAY 18th July 2016.

Register HERE.

Change Agent Network

This forum was organised by the Change Agent Network, a network of members from AOD services across Victoria including ACSO, Barwon Health, Barwon Child Youth & Family, Cohealth, Colac Area Health, EACH – SURe, Eastern Health/Turning Point, Grampians Community Health, Inner East Community Health Service, ISIS Primary Care, Knox Community Health Service, Monash Health, St Vincent’s Hospital, Sunraysia Community Health Services, The Royal Women's Hospital, Windana Drug and Alcohol Recovery. For more information regarding the Change Agent Network see

The Change Agent Network initiative is funded by the Victorian Government and led by Turning Point in collaboration with VAADA, the Bouverie Centre, Bendigo Community Health Services, Leadership Victoria and Deakin University.

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