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Short Story Competition Winners 2015

Thank you to everyone who entered into the 5th Annual Odyssey Short Story Competition. The theme was The Choices We Make. Congratulations to our winners and a big thank you to our judging panel comprising Odyssey House Victoria CEO (and author), Dr Stefan Gruenert; Author Andrew Whitmore and Author Eliza-Jane Henry-Jones.

1st prize: Flowers

2nd prize: Making bacon

3rd prize: Stay til sunset

Highly Commended:  Telephone land




Our Commitment to Aboriginal Health

Odyssey House Victoria has made a solid commitment to bridging the health gap between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australians, guided by our Reconciliation Action Plan or RAP. Our RAP has identified many initiatives to enhance Odyssey’s cultural sensitivity and helps us to provide better services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients.
Odyssey is part of the Aboriginal Metro Ice Pilot program, which partners Indigenous services with specialist drug and alcohol (AOD) treatment services. This is part of Kulin Balit: the Victorian Government’s strategic directions for Aboriginal health. The pilot is a response to the need expressed by local Aboriginal communities for more culturally appropriate treatment of Methamphetamine (Ice) issues. It involves an experienced AOD counsellor working closely with an Aboriginal Care & Recovery worker in four Melbourne regions, overseen by a Victorian Aboriginal Health Service (VAHS) Coordinator.
Anne Tidyman, a senior Odyssey clinician, helped to establish the Ice pilot for Odyssey. She has worked with vulnerable families for many years as part of Kids in Focus (KIF).
“We have already noticed that the clients are benefiting from better advocacy, more streamlined referralsand better service access,” Anne says. Anne has been working out of our Footscray and Werribee hubs, VAHS and The Gathering Place to build stronger links between Odyssey and local Aboriginal services and communities. The Ice counselling role is assisted by Ron Briggs, Odyssey’s Senior Aboriginal Cultural Consultant. Anne has now handed over the reins to another Odyssey clinician and has returned to the KIF team as Manager.


Following the Victorian Government reforms to Alcohol and Other Drug treatment last year, Odyssey House has set up a number of new offices. Through our partnership with UnitingCare ReGen and other support services including the Stepping Up Consortium, we are now located in more than 20 different sites across Melbourne and Regional Victoria.

To promote our new offices and let people know more about who we are and what we do, we have embarked on a promotional campaign, beginning with Bridge Road, Richmond.



Odyssey House Victoria and UnitingCare ReGen have formed a partnership with a range of complementary local health and welfare services to deliver AOD treatment services in Melbourne's north and west from September 1st.  Current updates for clients and service providers about the changes are listed below. Further updates will be posted as they become available.

Download the updates here:

Service Provider Update 1 - Intake and Assessment

Service Provider Update 2 - Governance and Accountability

Consumer Update 1 - Summary Information

Consumer Update 1 - Detailed Information



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Our Commitment


Artwork inspired by Chris Thorne.  There are five pillars that are upheld by the residents and staff at Odyssey House Victoria.

This artwork represents counting these pillars on one hand. They are Respect, Concern, Honesty, Trust and Love.


We acknowledge the traditional land owners of Australia and we welcome all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to our service.

Download our Reconciliation Action Plan


Did You Know...

Parental drug or alcohol problems account for approximately 50% of all substantiated cases of child abuse or neglect in the child protection system in Australia. This represents only a small proportion of children with substance dependent parents.