Jemma, Senior Practice Advisor

"It pushes me to continue being a part of the solution and to always strive for better."

I have been working in the forensic AOD and mental health sector for over 11 years. I genuinely love what I do and am driven by the people I work with. The privilege of hearing their stories, of building connection, of being in a position to advocate, to encourage, to challenge perceptions and to create positive change is incredible. Seeing the positive and negative impacts of the forensic, AOD and mental health systems, the experiences and effects on those in contact with these systems, professionally and personally, pushes me to continue to be a part of the solution, to be a positive in someone’s journey and always strive for better.

I think like a lot of us, when I first started, I had existing beliefs about individuals in contact with these systems, which I’m glad to say were very quickly shattered. I have crossed paths with some of the kindest, most intelligent, creative, empathetic, and impressive people working in this field. I am forever astounded by their resilience and strength and am so grateful to work with the people I do.

I am lucky enough to be integrating my current role as a Senior Practice Advisor with my previous role as Senior AOD clinician at Thomas Embling Hospital which I’m incredibly excited about. My portfolios are AOD and mental health so anything to do with practice needs in these areas are my forte.

What am I doing outside of work? I am a big fitness enthusiast, foodie, and dog lover. When not working, I’ll tend to be at the gym, walking my dogs, going on vegan food adventures with friends or hanging out with my big brother, ACSO champion, Tim.