Staff Profile: Jonathan – Policy and Engagement Manager
Jonathan is Turning Point’s Policy and Engagement Manager, a role that covers legislative and service system reform and funding.
Turning Point is made up of a diverse team that is committed to removing stigma around drug and alcohol addiction and providing support for those affected by addiction. Our staff profiles provide insight on the great work we do and what it is like to work in the addiction treatment, training, and research sector.
Meet Jonathan, Policy and Engagement Manager at Turning Point
In July last year, Jonathan became Turning Point’s first ever Policy and Engagement Manager. Jonathan had attended several events held by Turning Point, and when the opportunity arose to work here, he quickly applied.
“I knew all about the great work the organisation was doing to help people living with addiction and their families. The opportunity to contribute to that was simply too good to pass up.”
What does Jonathan do?
Since taking up the newly created role no two days have been the same for Jonathan.
“Some days I read reports and develop position statements or submissions on public policy issues, others I’m planning events or meeting with key community, research, or government stakeholders.”
“A large part of the job at present is engaging with the reforms from the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System, which despite the name also has significant implications for alcohol and other drug services as we work toward integrated care for people with substance use or addiction and mental illness.”
Jonathan’s policy and advocacy work has always prioritised protecting and promoting the health and human rights of under-served and diverse communities, and he continues that work while at Turning Point.
“An Australian dies almost every hour from alcohol, other drug and gambling harm. Half a million Australians who need help for their substance use or addiction can’t access it.”
“I hope to play my small part in ending the stigma that acts as a barrier to help-seeking, and in making the treatment system easier to navigate and access so that people can get the help they need, when and where they need it.”
What is the culture like at Turning Point?
Not only does Jonathan find his work rewarding, he says the team at Turning Point is extremely supportive.
“The culture at Turning Point is fantastic. Problems are identified. Solutions are implemented. People’s efforts are recognised. We are a friendly and united team.”
Want to work at Turning Point? We currently have several amazing opportunities which you can view here.
“Whatever the role you’re looking at is, apply. You won’t regret it. Now is a particularly exciting time with the organisation going through a growth phase.”