Connect & Learn: MARAM alignment of the AOD Intake and Comprehensive Assessment tools

7 Jul 2021

Presented by Carmen Harris & Stephen Herd.

Connect & Learn is a series of case-based webinars funded by the DH, designed to support AOD clinicians throughout regional and metropolitan Victoria. Webinars are presented by experienced clinicians currently working in the AOD sector and facilitated by Turning Point.


This session will introduce the MARAM aligned Intake and Assessment tools, the objectives of the session are to:

  1. Explain the process used to align the tools with sector input
  2. Show and explain the changes to the tool to staff and stakeholders
  3. Take questions to help support understanding

About the presenters

Carmen Harris has worked in health and community services for over 20 years, much of this in operational, coordination and management roles. She enjoys supporting staff and agencies in provide opportunity, advocacy and assistance to vulnerable people. Her career spans community development, disability education, veteran’s services, mental health and men’s health. For the last 3 years has worked managing strategic projects and initiatives for Statewide Services (Turning Point and Spectrum). Her experience in family violence programs was established in the management of clinical operations for crisis services including Mensline Australia, a soft entry point for men with relationship problems including those who use violence family violence

Stephen Herd is the Specialist Family Violence Advisor for Turning Point and the inner East Catchment of Melbourne. His role is to support alcohol and drug (AOD) agencies to build family violence capacity and support the alignment to the MARAM (Multi Agency Risk Assessment & Management) Framework. He is passionate about supporting Turning Point and its dedicated staff to feel confident in screening, assessing and managing family violence risk. He is excited to progress family violence capacity building in light of the refreshed intake and assessment tools. Stephen has deep experience in the family violence space with skill in working with male perpetrators of family violence through co-facilitation of men’s behaviour change groups.