Government of Western Australia Drug and Alcohol Office

Our Board

The members of the Western Australian Alcohol and Drug Authority Board are nominated by the Minister for Mental Health and appointed by the Governor in Executive Council.

Professor Gary Geelhoed - Chairperson

Clinical Professor, University of Western Australia
Director, Emergency Department, Princess Margaret Hospital

Professor Geelhoed is a Paediatric Emergency Physician. He has worked in the Emergency Department at Princess Margaret Hospital for over 20 years. In the past he has been State President of the Paediatric Chapter of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians; a member of the Women’s & Children’s Hospital Board and is the Immediate Past President of Australian Medical Association WA. He is currently a Federal Australian Medical Association Councillor and a Board Member of Healthway.

Professor Steve Allsop - Deputy Chairperson

Director, National Drug Research Institute

Professor Allsop has almost 30 years experience working in the drug and alcohol field. He is the Professor and Director of the National Drug Research Institute at Curtin University of Technology.  He has previously worked as the Acting Executive Director of the Drug and Alcohol Office.

Ms Violet Bacon - Member

Lecturer, Social Work and Social Policy, University of Western Australia
Ms Bacon has been involved in a number of Aboriginal projects and represented the drug and alcohol field on a variety of Boards.  She worked with the National Drug Research Institute at Curtin University and, after her return to the University of Western Australia, was appointed as an Adjunct Fellow by the National Drug Research Institute at Curtin University of Technology.  Ms Bacon is also a Board member of the Alcohol and Drug Council of Australia, and has previously worked for the WA Drug and Alcohol Authority.

Dr Tarun Weeramanthri - Member

Executive Director, Public Health Division, Department of Health

Dr Weeramanthri has held positions as Principal Medical Advisor and Chief Health Officer in the Northern Territory, Senior Research Fellow at the Menzies School of Health Research and as specialist physician at Royal Darwin Hospital.  He has a number of tertiary qualifications including a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, a Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene and a PhD.

Last updated on 11 July 2011