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Why 360Edge?

360Edge is a leading alcohol and other drug consultancy in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand.

We provide a full suite of advisory services to help health service organisations accelerate change. We work with leading international organisations, governments and not for profit agencies across in Australia, Aotearoa New Zealand and globally.

Our consultancy vision is for a thriving service system that provides the best practice responses right across the spectrum of alcohol and other drug use. We see the AOD sector as an area that has continuous improvement at its core and is resilient and adaptable to change. Our mission is to ensure governments and services have the tools they need to respond effectively and efficiently to people who use alcohol and other drugs to reduce harms.

We are driven to make a positive impact in the world and strongly believe in social justice and human rights, and it drives all of our work. We believe that everyone has the right to the opportunities and privileges that society has to offer. As a leading consultancy, our values of excellence, transparency and integrity are at the core of everything we do. We live these values within the team and with our customers and collaborators.

Our team of experienced ‘pracademics’ take a 360 approach to viewing situations from multiple perspectives. We collaboratively and holistically work with our clients at every stage, wherever they are in the cycle of change, to achieve their goals. 

Our team

AOD services

Professor Nicole Lee, Founder and CEO

Nicole is the face of 360Edge. Problem solver, pragmatist, 'Ice Queen'. She is an international leader in all things alcohol and drug policy and practice, and best known for her expertise on Australia's methamphetamine problems. Her advice has been sought after by state and federal governments, the World Health Organization and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. Not your typical academic, her entertaining keynote style makes research come alive. She makes the complex clear and easy to understand. She’s also our resident media star. drnicolelee.com.au

AOD services

Elaine Moss, Head of Business

Need to know something about 360Edge consultancy? Ask Elaine! As our switched on Business and Operations Manager operating from our in Aotearoa New Zealand office, Elaine’s business superpowers keep our distributed team and virtual office humming along, all delivered with a smile. 360Edge’s best-kept secret, Elaine makes things happen behind the scenes as if by magic.

Chris Raine, Head of Partnerships (Australia)

Chris is our savvy business strategist, utilising his extensive experience in the not-for-profit sector to meet our client’s needs. Chris comes from executive roles within not for profit organisations in Australia, including within the AOD sector. Chris was Young Australian of the Year (Queensland) for his efforts to bring about alcohol behaviour change. A Westpac Fellow and an Oxford Skoll Scholar, Chris is an expert in bringing about meaningful organisational change for the public good.

Working with families in AOD services

Paula Ross, Head of Workforce Development

Paula leads our workforce development programs with key responsibility for developing and delivering our training, supervision and workforce policy development programs. She is also our families expert. With her extensive experience in counselling psychology, she really understands how to bring the evidence into clinical practice, so participants get the skills they need to be more effective. She is highly sought after all around Australia for her training and supervision skills. Our clients love her combination of warmth and pragmatism.

AOD services

Dr. Richard Cash, Head of Service Development

Richard leads our service development programs. He is also our trauma expert. With his extensive experience in forensic psychology, he really understands the complexities of real world service delivery. He is a master at translating research into practical solutions so governments and services stay up to date and on the cutting edge of evidence-based practice, providing the best possible care for service users. Our clients love his engaging communication style.

AOD services

Tim Hilton, Head of Funding and Systems Modelling

Tim's incredible client relationship skills coupled with his deep knowledge of health systems ensures we continue to deliver excellence to our clients. He is also our expert in systems data modelling and service system costing and his clear head for complex logistics and health systems analysis means that even the most challenging projects come off without a hitch. Our clients love his positive and optimistic approach.

AOD services

Devushka Blake, Project Manager

Devushka is our project manager extraordinaire. She ensures all our service and workforce projects run to time and deliverables are to the highest possible standard. Her cat herding and juggling skills are second to none.

AOD services

Jarryd Bartle, Policy Consultant

With a unique background in forensic science, criminal law and public health, Jarryd's sharp mind gives us the edge in public health policy debate. He understands the interaction of AOD problems and criminal behaviour multiple perspectives. We love his boundless energy and his ability to cut through to what matters.

AOD services

Dr. Steven Bothwell, Consultant

With his love of data and his super organisational skills Steven is our perfect research match. He brings a science edge with his background in neuroscience and physiology. We love his ‘just say yes’ attitude.

Kathryn Leafe, Head of Partnerships Aotearoa New Zealand

Kathryn is our expert on the Aotearoa New Zealand alcohol and other drug sector. She has worked in a broad range of services including early developments in harm reduction and prison-based work, Kathryn has gone on to hold a number of executive positions in the sector. Kathryn has established herself as a leader in transforming services for the better. We love her in-depth knowledge and wealth of experience in the sector.

Dr Amanda Davies

Amanda is a highly skilled health consultant with a background that includes clinical service delivery, research and evaluation and health service system reform. Amanda’s experience includes leadership roles in blood borne virus services, alcohol and other drug treatment, and in commissioning services. We love her passion for transforming the alcohol and other drug sector.

Oliver Smith, Research Assistant

Oliver provides our super-efficient research support, providing essential backup for our service development projects and ensuring that we are always up to date with the latest evidence. We love his attention to detail and her do-what-it-takes approach.

AOD services

Rebecca Low, Financial Controller

It's all about the numbers for our crack financial controller, Rebecca. She monitors the ins and outs of our finances with lightning precision. We love her attention to detail and always-happy disposition.

Approach

Beyond alcohol and drugs

We understand alcohol and drug use and the most effective responses so you get the best possible advice on policy and practice strategies.

Practical answers for the real world

When you want to know what’s working and what’s not - without the waffle. When you want practical strategies that will work in the real world. Our team works closely with you to understand your organisation and provide realistic advice that will accelerate change.

Change that lasts

Our academic expertise and practical experience in alcohol and other drugs helps you cut through the noise to find solutions that last. You’ll receive cutting edge processes that you can implement and sustain within your resources.

Tailored solutions

We understand that there’s no one size fits all solution to alcohol and other drug services. We ask the right questions and distill complex information to uncover what works for you.

Measurable outcomes

We take the time to understand your unique situation from all perspectives and connect the dots, from research to practice that is relevant to you. Gain real results you can measure.

A clear change plan

We take the guesswork out of your change plan. Our recommendations are written in clear, succinct language that everyone can understand and are feasible to implement.

How we work

We are a team of specialist 'pracademics'; practical academics who understand best practice and have clinical experience. We know what works in the real world.

Over the last 25 years our solutions have worked for organisations of different sizes from around the world, in both the private and public sector, and will work for your organisation as well.

Our real world policies provide organisations with practical and effective approaches that take into consideration the needs of their people, as well as the need for the organisation to perform at its best.

Our Clients

We have worked with leading national and international organisations to accelerate change.

We support evidence based reporting

May 2022

360Edge CEO Professor Nicole Lee spoke to The Guardian and 7News about drink spiking and pubs and clubs.

Dr Nicole also spoke to the Sydney Morning Herald about drinking after COVID-19 infection and to ABC Mornings about “bangs”.

April 2022

Nicole wrote two pieces in The Conversation, an explainer on how to cut back on alcohol and a review of the mixed evidence for Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous programs.

She was interviewed Radio National Drive, 2SER The Wire and others on her AA piece, on ABC Sydney Mornings on nitrous oxide or “nangs”, as well as ABC News TV and The Guardian on drink spiking.

The Article on how to cut back on alcohol was the most popular instagram story for The Conversation that week. And this month Nicole hit 3 million reads, making her the top read Curtin University author in The Conversation of all time.

February 2022

CEO Professor Nicole Lee was on Mamamia’s podcast, The Quicky, to discuss reports of needle spiking at pubs and clubs.

December 2021

Professor Nicole Lee spoke to Cathy Van Extel on ABC Radio National about alcohol in the workplace, following the shocking revelations of the Jenkins Review on sexual harassment and bullying in parliament.

Dr Lee was also recently on 3AW Drive speaking about proposals in the UK to remove passports and licenses from people who use drugs, as well as on 2SER discussing drink spiking in Australia.

November 2021

In response to an inaccurate and stigmatising social media campaign by the Australian Federal Police, 360Edge CEO, Professor Nicole Lee and 360Edge Policy Consultant Jarryd Bartle wrote inThe Conversationabout evidence-based health promotion campaigns.

Dr Nicole discussed the ill-advised AFP campaign with Australian Doctor and was quoted on the topic in the Overland Journal.

Dr Nicole was also mentioned in an article for Independent Australia criticising Australia’s drug laws, provided some harm reduction advice in The New Daily about drinking after lockdown and spoke to Mamamia about drink spiking.

October 2021

If your alcohol or other drug use has changed during the pandemic, especially if you have been in one of the lockdown states, 360Edge CEO, Professor Nicole Lee offers some harm reduction tips in The Conversation as venues and festivals start to open up again in earnest.

September 2021

Professor Nicole Lee, spoke to ABC News  about the use of psilocybin for therapeutic purposes.

Dr Lee and 360Edge Consultant Jarryd Bartle were also quoted in an opinion piece in the Sydney Morning Herald about celebrities caught using cocaine.

August 2021

Professor Nicole Lee, spoke to ABC Radio Melbourne about the Victorian Inquiry into the Use of Cannabis report and the regulation of cannabis.

360Edge Consultant Jarryd Bartle wrote for ZenFeed about changes in alcohol and other drug use in Australia as a result of the pandemic.

July 2021

Professor Nicole Lee, spoke to The Culture Conversationabout our WorkWell program, supporting the implementation of evidence-based alcohol and other drug policy in the workplace.

June 2021

Professor Nicole Lee spoke to the Sydney Morning Herald about ‘Dry July’ and other booze-free months.

Dr Nicole was also quoted in Rolling Stone Australia about treatment for methamphetamine-related problems.

May 2021

Professor Nicole Lee and consultant Jarryd Bartle have provided an explainer in The Conversation all about our current understanding of ‘drink spiking’ in Australia. Dr Nicole spoke to WA Today on the topic.

Whilst recently in New Zealand, Dr Nicole also spoke to RNZ about methamphetamine related harms.

April 2021

Professor Nicole Lee and consultant Jarryd Bartle have written about the proposal in the ACT for drug decriminalisation.

March 2021

Professor Nicole Lee provided commentary for AOD Media Watch on media reporting regarding the use of psychedelics in mental health treatment.

Dr Nicole also spoke about the current evidence for psychedelic treatment in The Guardian.

January 2021

Professor Nicole Lee discussed the benefits of reducing alcohol consumption as we head into the new year.

December 2020

Professor Nicole Lee is in Croakey summarising the findings of our latest report: Exploring the place of alcohol and other drug services in the mental health system.

Dr Nicole also spoke to the Sydney Morning Herald about government plans to decriminalise the possession and use of drugs, as well as Australian Doctor about treatment for methamphetamine use.

October 2020

Dr Nicole Lee has written in The Conversation about the changes in alcohol and other drug consumption during and why treatment needs funding now more than ever.

Dr Nicole also spoke to VICE about methamphetamine use amongst mothers in rural Australia as as The New Daily about alcohol use and women.

September 2020

Dr Nicole Lee spoke to New Daily about what we know about alcohol consumption within the context of natural disasters.

Dr Nicole also spoke on 3CR’s Enpsychedelia program about the impact of the pandemic of drug markets.

Finally, Dr Nicole spoke to Discover Magazine about the effects of different alcoholic drinks on behaviour.

August 2020

Dr Nicole Lee spoke to 3CR about alcohol and other drug use during lockdown.

Whilst 360Edge Consultant Jarryd Bartle provided commentary on the use of policing during the pandemic.

July 2020

Much of this month was spent responding to the findings of the National Drug Strategy Household Survey 2019, with 360Edge Director, Professor Nicole Lee being interviewed by Triple RCountry NewsAAPThe Daily Telegraph and The New Daily.

Dr Nicole co-authored a piece in The Conversation with Dr Monica Barratt on the risks associated with ‘drive-in music festivals‘.

Dr Nicole also co-authored an article piece in The Conversation with Professor Suzanne Nielson, on the impact of Melbourne’s “hard lockdown” of public housing on people who use drugs.

Finally, Dr Nicole spoke to The Green Fund on the likelihood of cannabis legalisation in Australia.

June 2020

Professor Nicole Lee, was a guest on 3CR’s Radical Philosophy program about illicit drug use and COVID-19.

Dr Nicole also spoke to The New Daily about Amazon Australia’s proposed alcohol delivery service and joined RTRFM to discuss potential alcohol-related problems during the coronavirus lockdown.

Dr Nicole and 360Edge Research Consultant Brigid Clancy were also in The Conversation writing some tips for people “getting back on the beers” after lockdown.

May 2020

Professor Nicole Lee continued to speak about concerns regarding alcohol consumption whilst in quarantine including the Brisbane Times and the Sydney Morning Herald.

Dr Nicole was also a guest on Global Drug Survey’s Corona Conversations –  explaining the impact of the pandemic on the Australian alcohol and drug sector.

360Edge legal expert Jarryd Bartle provided a guest blog for Sydney Drug Lawyers on the relationship between methamphetamine and the criminal justice system.

April 2020

Dr Nicole Lee was reported in a variety of media outlets about the impact of the COVID-19 stay-at-home orders on drinking habits, including ABC NewsSydney Morning Herald and The Daily Mail.

Dr Nicole also spoke to Crikey News about the potential impact of the pandemic on overdoses, dependence and treatment.

March 2020

Dr Nicole spoke to ABC News about gaps in drug rehabilitation services for women. In particular, Dr Nicole highlighted some of the specific needs of women for additional mental health, family and parenting support

Dr Nicole wrote a review in The Conversation for the new film ‘Wild Butterfly’ – the story of Claire Murray, a woman who died in 2010 at just 24 years old after complications from a failed liver transplant. The story raises questions of trauma, substance use and blame culture.

360Edge Consultant Jarryd Bartle wrote an article for Sydney Criminal Lawyers on how to tell your family you’ve been charged with a crime.

Dr Nicole was also interviewed on Triple J’s Hack on whether ‘breaking the seal’ when drinking alcohol is a real thing (it’s not).

February 2020

Dr Nicole on SBS talking cannabis legalisation in the ACT

360Edge Consultant Jarryd Bartle was also in The Conversation recently with Dr Stephen Bright to discuss fresh cannabis laws in The ACT.

Dr Nicole and Brigid also wrote for The Conversation. Covering the issue of hangovers, blackouts and ‘hangxiety’.

Dr Nicole again in The Conversation on the new draft alcohol guidelines

Archive

Dr Nicole was interviewed on The Wire to discuss pill testing in NSW. She was also interviewed on FBI Radio discussing drug testing of welfare recipients and NSW lockout laws.

Dr Nicole was also interviewed on ABC Breakfast to discuss Ice Training in Mildura (begins 40 minutes in).

360Edge Consultant Jarryd Bartle was interviewed on 3AW about implementing a safe injecting facility in St Kilda.

Dr Nicole also discussed the lack of evidence support drug testing of welfare recipients in The Conversation.

Nicole was on ABC Mornings Live and 2SER discussing drug testing of welfare recipients and was quoted in the New Daily on the same topic. Nicole also discussed drug rehab funding on ABC’s The World Today and discussed pill testing at festivals for the Daily Telegraph.

Nicole on Radio Adelaide discussing pill testing, on talkRADIO UK on drug deaths, and SBS Radio Serbia discussing festival deaths.
360Edge Consultant Jarryd Bartle on drug testing welfare recipients in News Ltd and on the history of methamphetamine in 10Daily.

Dr Nicole’s response to ABC’s Australian Story on Shalom House

Nicole Lee on  The ABC’s ice wars documentary is overblown and unhelpful

Watch Dr Nicole in the ABC documentary ‘Ice Wars’

Our year in review

360Edge is proud to showcase our many projects and achievements each year.