Michelle Ridley

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.