Althea Brunskill – Community Services NSW Manager

What do you do at Karralika?

I manage the following programs, based in Wagga Wagga, Griffith and Moruya, NSW;

  • The Child and Youth Programs
  • The Community Drug Action Team, (CDAT)
  • Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) Day Programs

What do you like about working at Karralika?

The organisation values people; clients and staff; culture and diversity. I also feel very much at home, with ‘multi-disciplinary’ teams, working with nurses, Social Workers, Counsellors and Lived Experience Peer Support Workers and Case Managers.

The broader “Why” of what I do is to support people who struggle with addictions in ways that support their lives; I do that indirectly, as a manager of programs. A healthy dose of humour and creativity is also evident with the Karralika ‘family’.

What is your background?

My initial background was nursing, and I worked in Zimbabwe, South Africa and England before coming to Australia.   As a Registered Nurse, I specialised in Midwifery, and Mental Health. Whilst in the UK, I worked in various Mental Health settings, and came to Australia in the early ‘90’s as part as a NSW Health recruitment for nurses in specialist areas. I worked at Charles Sturt University lecturing in Mental Health, as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in regional  Mental Health settings, and in O’Connor House, an AOD detox and rehabilitation centre.

I joined Relationships Australia Canberra & Region in 2007; whilst there, I completed a Graduate Diploma in Dispute Resolution. I spent 16 years as a family and workplace Mediator. I worked in various leadership roles at RACR before joining Karralika in February 2024.

I have always been drawn to work that ‘makes a difference’ however big or small.

Do you need help?

Every journey begins with the first step. We have fully trained staff ready to speak to you about your dependence or about someone you may care for.