Bouverie Centre "Lighting Beacons"

The Bouverie Centre has launched “Lighting Beacons,” a family inclusive practice in the Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) sector.

BouverieStandardThe Bouverie Centre, part of La Trobe University’s Faculty of Health Sciences, has received initial funding of $200,000 from Victoria’s Department of Human Services (DHS), to help the AOD sector develop effective ways of including families in the treatment of people experiencing alcohol and drug related problems.  

“Research clearly shows that family involvement can significantly improve outcomes for the person experiencing problems with alcohol and other drug use. Our approach to implement evidence-based family work practices is based on the findings from a number of large scale workforce development projects that we have recently completed across Victoria,” said Jeff Young, Acting Director of the Bouverie Centre.

Rather than simply teach the workforce as external experts, the Bouverie team seeks out and promotes effective family work that is already occurring in the field, and invites services to implement proven family work practices developed by the Bouverie Centre and other researchers.   
“Once local services successfully implement these family approaches, they can be replicated in other services, thus creating an organic and infectious enthusiasm for family work across the sector,” said Shane Weir , Team Leader Community Services of the Bouverie Centre.

The Bouverie Centre, is a unique public institute located within La Trobe University’s Faculty of Health Sciences. The Centre’s work revolves around understanding and employing the constructive roles for the family, and the power of relationship to foster social, emotional and mental wellbeing for at risk individuals and their families and for the community at large. The Centre is publicly funded with the majority of funds coming from Victoria's Department of Human Services.

The Lighting Beacons Project is being run by the Centre’s Community Services team.  The team will work collaboratively with 20 organisations that provide AOD services across Victoria in the project’s 1st year. DHS is considering a further two years of funding for the project.

Most recently, the Bouverie Centre has engaged in intensive collaborative workforce development, focused on articulating, documenting, and promoting best practice in drought counselling across Victoria.

The official launch of the Lighting Beacons project by Mr Paul Smith, Acting Executive Director of Mental Health and Drugs, Department of Human Services will take place at 12 noon, Tuesday 24th February 2009 as part of a one-day forum being held at The Bouverie Centre.

Media Contact :    Shane Weir

                                The Bouverie Centre, 8 Gardiner Street Brunswick  VIC  3056  
                         03 9385 5100