Key Features

  • Our membership is comprised of services operating under the Therapeutic Community Model or aspiring to become a therapeutic community.
  • Our membership provides residential treatment, day programs, withdrawal management services and prison-based alcohol and other drug treatment programs, across Australia and New Zealand.
  • The Standard for Therapeutic Communities and Residential Rehabilitation Services has been developed as a benchmark of quality for residential treatment services.
  • We support our members who adopt the ATCA Standard as a pathway to accreditation.
  • We provide our members with unique opportunities to share information and learn about new innovations and practices within therapeutic community and residential rehabilitation services.
  • We are committed to supporting our member’s workforce development activities by the provision of training and education about the Therapeutic Community Model.
  • We have the needs of our members as our core business, and also engages with a wider audience to promote the Therapeutic Community Model.

Our Mission and Values

Our Vision
The Therapeutic Community Model of treatment is recognised and embraced by consumers, communities and governments across Australasia.

Our Mission
To support and represent our members and advocate for the Therapeutic Community Model as an evidence-based model that restores a sense of wellbeing for consumers of our member’s services.







ATCA's Board of Directors

Michelle Ridley

Executive Officer

Michelle has worked for over 22 years primarily in the alcohol and other drug (AOD) non-government sector in peer, frontline, leadership, training, and project management positions. She has worked in NSW and Victoria in various AOD roles including managing youth and adult outreach counselling teams, community development programs and forensic AOD counselling. Michelle has also worked in domestic and family violence, juvenile justice, child welfare and housing.

Prior to her role at ATCA, Michelle worked for the NSW state AOD peak body, working closely with several TCs and residential rehabs, and she is very familiar with the TC model of care and is motivated to advocate for and support the growth of the TC sector. Michelle brings to her role at ATCA lived experience and a wide variety of work experiences and academic qualifications in criminology, psychology, training, and a Masters in Social Science in Addictive Behaviours. Michelle is passionate about human rights and service delivery, and engaging the expertise and power of lived experience at every level of the service system.

Gerard Byrne


Gerard has spent the past 30 years working in the AOD field. Working initially in a counselling role, then as an AOD Program Director, then in senior positions within The Salvation Army AOD Services including Operations Manager for NSW, ACT and QLD

Gerard’s current role is Operations Manager for WHOS Treatment Services.

Gerard has also worked in the private and government AOD sectors for 11 years, providing a range of specialist assessment / referral, intervention and case management services.

Gerard holds or has held Board positions on AOD peak bodies such as the Network of Alcohol and Drug Agencies NSW (NADA), Queensland Network of Alcohol and Drug Agencies (QNADA), Alcohol Tobacco Other Drugs Association ACT (ATODA), Australasian Therapeutic Communities Association (ATCA).

Gerard holds qualifications in Social Sciences, AOD Work, Psychotherapy, Clinical Supervision, Business Management, Human Resource Management and Workplace Training and Assessment.

Carol Daws

Deputy Chair

Professional Qualifications:

  • Masters in Clinical Psychology
  • Registered Clinical Psychologist
  • Bachelor of Science Psychology (First Class Honours)
  • Bachelor of Science Psychology (With Distinction)
  • Member of Golden Key Honour Society for Academic Achievement
  • Associate Diploma Social Science (With Distinction)
  • Enrolled Nurse.

Carol has been involved in the non-government Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) sector for the past 30 years, working in a variety of roles in both clinical and management in residential, non-residential and community drug service settings.  She is currently the CEO of Cyrenian House Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment Service, a position she has held since 2002.

Carol has been involved with the ATCA for the past 20 years as both a participant in annual conferences and a member of the Board. She has found this experience to be invaluable, particularly in terms of understanding the merits of the Therapeutic Community (TC) model. She currently operates four TCs in the Perth Metropolitan area in Western Australia.  She would strongly recommend any organisation interested in working with the TC model to join ATCA.
Carol brings to her role of board member, a sound understanding of governance issues and the need for effective accountability mechanisms at an individual, organisational and sector level.  She is committed to maintaining the highest possible ethical standards and seeks to act professionally and strategically to support the ethos of the ATCA and the member agencies that it represents.

Carol is a strong advocate of the TC Model and has a sound understanding of its application in residential treatment settings.  She has been involved with ATCA during the development of the TC Standards and Cyrenian House was one of the first agencies to be involved in piloting these standards. Cyrenian House has achieved accreditation under the ATCA TC standards under the group membership category.  She is also a TC Training Course facilitator.

Mark Ferry


Mark first started working for the National Campaign Against Drug Abuse doing street work and progressed through a variety of youth work roles working with homeless and disadvantaged young people.  For a time, Mark worked in several large housing organisations, secure facilities for young people and children’s homes.  He worked with young people and adults with alcohol and other drug issues, including running a twenty-five bed unit within a large men’s hostel.

Mark has worked for the Ted Noffs Foundation since 2001, commencing as Assistant Manager, and has had various roles including managing a number of Therapeutic Communities, Program Manager and now as Chief Operating Officer with responsibilities over all TNF facilities.


Bernice Smith


Bernice is the CEO at Goldbridge Rehabilitation Services on the Gold Coast in Queensland.

Bernice started working at Goldbridge in 2010 as the Operations Manager.

Bernice has over 30 years’ experience in the Health and Community services sector.

Bernice has a Bachelor of Social Services, Diploma of Alcohol and Other Drugs; and Cert IV in Workplace Training, undertook training in Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation through the Gestalt Association of QLD and was a member of the Steering Committee member for the Drug and Alcohol Summit held in 2001.

Eloise Page


Eloise Page
Adv Dip Community Sector Management
Dip Comm Services, AOD & Mental Health
Dip Governance
Dip HR
Dip Correctional Administration

Eloise has worked in Leadership roles in Central Australia and North Western Australia for the past twenty years, primarily in the Alcohol and Other Drugs sector, starting at DASA where she project led the development and commencement of a new Transitional AOD Program. She then took on a program management role, followed soon after by the Deputy CEO & Quality Management role, spending 7 years at DASA before heading off on a Western Australian adventure.

Prior to returning to Alice Springs (Mparntwe) to take up the CEO role at DASA, Eloise lived and worked in the Kimberley region of Western Australia, working in Broome and with remote Aboriginal communities across the breadth of the Kimberley.

Eloise has held previous board positions with both the Northern Territory Working Women’s Centre & DASA and, is a current board member of the Association of Alcohol & Other Drug Agencies Northern Territory.

David Kelly


David Kelly has been involved with the Therapeutic Community (TC) Sector for around 25 years and has been employed in TC’s and Residential Rehabilitation Centres for over 20 years, the last 10 years or more in Senior Management roles. David has been employed in several different TCs in NSW, working for many years in two of the large multi-site TCs, including current role with Odyssey House NSW.
David has held several Board positions in his career, including sitting on the Board of two representative peak bodies in AOD and Aboriginal Residential Rehabilitation.
David is passionate about supporting people with lived and living experience of harms related to AOD use and all the associated issues and impacts that are often present. David is motivated to support staff and organisations to provide the best support possible to those who come to TCs and other associated programs for support and is motivated to support the TC sector to continue to strive to improve in our ability to support those in need.

Joe Coyte

Appointed Director

Joe is currently employed as the Executive Director at The Glen Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Centre’s. Using a continuous quality improvement approach Joe has not only improved the efficiency of operational systems within the Glen but has led The Glen to achieve a record accreditation result against the Quality Improvement Council of Australia’s Health and Community Services Standards in 2015.

Joe worked hard behind the scenes (with the board of The Glen) to successfully lobby and advocate for “The Glen for Women” which is the first service of its kind in NSW. This service has secured funding of $9,000,000 and opened in May 2022.

Joe is a strong advocate of good governance. He enjoys a close and collegiate relationship with the board of The Glen. Joe is currently working with the Board of ADARRN (Aboriginal Community Controlled Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Centres Peak Body) and has been since its incorporation in 2019. Joe is also sits on ANACAD and advises the Federal health Minister on Alcohol and Drug related matters.

Personally Mr Coyte is a loving husband and devoted father of three children 20, 17 and 14. He considers fatherhood is his most important role.

Jenny Boyle


  • NZ Registered Nurse
  • Post Grad Dip Management
  • Post Grad Dip Mental Health

Jenny originally trained as a registered nurse and has 25+ years’ clinical and management experience within the Addiction and Mental Health Sector in New Zealand. Jenny has worked in a variety of settings within both NGO and Government agencies.

Jenny is passionate about providing effective evidence-based services for people living with mental health and addiction issues. She currently serves on a number of sector leadership groups and initiatives, both regionally and nationally. She is also a Board Member of Harmony Trust (interventions and support for people with multiple drink driving convictions).

Jenny is very familiar with therapeutic communities and continues to lead and champion this model within Odyssey, and also in partnership with other organisations such as Odyssey House Christchurch and Higher Ground. Together, they have developed and implemented some innovative services using the TC as a framework and model.

Jenny’s broad-based experience within mental health and addiction organisations, working from a clinical, funding and leadership perspective, provides value to ATCA’s program of work.

Anne Cox


Anne has 30 years of leadership and management experience across health, aged care, community, disability and AOD sectors. Anne has held the position of Executive Manager Residential Services at Odyssey House Victoria since July 2022 and is passionate about Therapeutic Communities.
She began her career as a Speech Pathologist and has continued a lifelong commitment to learning. She holds a Masters in Business Leadership and is a Graduate of the Australian Insitute of Company Directors course.

The ATCA Standard

The ATCA Standard

A major concern for the ATCA from its inception has been the implementation of a program of continuous quality improvement and associated with this, an evaluation process to ensure both the quality of service provided by Therapeutic Communities in Australia, but also to ensure adherence to the Therapeutic Community model.

About the Standard

The ATCA Therapeutic Community Training Course

The ATCA Therapeutic Community Training Course has been developed to assist in expanding the potential ‘TC work-ready’ workforce pool. The key aim of the course is to support AOD practitioners, support workers and other relevant professionals and students to develop knowledge, attitudes and skills that can be applied in the TC context.

Annual reports

ATCA 2022-2023 Annual Report

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ATCA 2021-2022 Annual Report

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ATCA 2020-2021 Annual Report

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ATCA 2016-2017 Annual Report

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ATCA 2014-2015 Annual Report

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ATCA 2012-2013 Annual Report

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ATCA 2011-2012 Annual Report

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ATCA 2010-2011 Annual Report

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ATCA 2009-2010 Annual Report

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ATCA 2008-2009 Annual Report

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