Eric Allan is Executive Manager of Residential Programs Odyssey House Victoria. He lives in Melbourne and is a proud father and grandfather who enjoys the arts, the outdoors, cooking and reading. His qualifications include: Masters of Business Administration; Diploma of Community Service Management; Diploma of Alcohol Other Drugs and Mental health; and Diploma of Business Quality Auditing.
2018 marks 30 years of work in Therapeutic Communities for Eric. He is a long-time advocate for TCs and a champion of any moves to further the development and reputation of TCs by: appropriately training staff, accrediting programs, studying processes and outcomes and advocating for realistic funding to achieve these objectives.
Both Odyssey House and Eric have a long history of assisting new and emerging programs to establish themselves in their own right.
Odyssey House Victoria currently operates two Accredited Therapeutic Communities in Victoria. Both of these programs are accredited under ISO 9000 and certified under the ATCA Standard. The registration with Reconciliation Australia of the Odyssey House Stretch Reconciliation Action Plan in 2017 also marks a new high for the organisation in “Bridging the Gap.”
Eric believes that the end goal of these quality initiatives is to ensure that clients receive a credible treatment experience.
Eric’s work has included hands-on experience with youth, families and adults as part of a thirty-year career. The past twenty years have been spent in service management/development. Eric is proud to have been a Director of the ATCA Board since 2000 and past President 2002/2004, 2015/2016.He is a member of the Standards subcommittee and the ATCA’s Public Officer and Secretary.
Eric has been a board member and expert representative on a variety of Boards and reference groups that concern themselves with issues of homelessness, youth, community arts and development, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander development and, of course, drug and alcohol treatment.