The Team

Our aim, your recovery.

The Arrow Health team are qualified and have a depth and breadth of experience in addiction treatment. Our team consists of people who are passionate about working with addicts and their families to achieve long-term, positive change and transformation.

All staff have had some sort of lived experience of addiction – either first-hand or within their families. We believe that people who have experienced these challenges are most effective in providing treatment to people still experiencing the impact of addiction.

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Founder & Advisor: Penny Lawrence

Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery, Bachelor of Science (Hons)

Penny is the driving force behind the development of Arrow Health. She is a medical practitioner with over 30 years’ experience in general practice.

Despite her qualifications, she and her family were unable to avoid personal exposure to addiction and its consequences. Her son Sam was an addict.

Arrow Health gives her the opportunity to combine her medical background with the personal experience and knowledge gained over the 12 years trying to help Sam, and provide an alternative, better service for individuals and families affected by drug addiction.

General Manager: Toby Lawrence

Bachelor in Behavioural Neuroscience, Masters in Management

Toby first took an interest in addiction and recovery whilst studying his undergraduate degree in Behavioural Neuroscience. Through the personal experience with a loved family member, Toby understands the effects addiction can have not only on the individual but also on their family and friends.

Toby has spent the last 10 years managing and coaching some of Australia’s biggest companies and now draws on that experience to focus on providing hope and guidance to people with the disease of addiction, their family and friends.

“We have strived to create a service that feels like a warm supportive hug and operates like a scientific, well-oiled machine.”

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Services & Operations Manager: Sonny Jackson

Certificate IV in Alcohol & Other Drugs

Having spent the last few years working in addiction treatment services, Sonny has a thorough understanding of addiction and substance use and is passionate about using his knowledge, skills and experience to facilitate change in the life of others.

A strong understanding of human behaviour coupled with strong negotiation and communication skills means Sonny can genuinely connect with and support the change process for a wide variety of clients.

Having worked in many aspects of the recovery process, Sonny has supported people in early recovery; people reintegrating into life post-rehab; and families as they embark on the journey of their loved one going into treatment.

“People caught in addiction do not have many choices. I strive to provide a basis that once again creates options in their lives.”

Sonny is a husband, a proud father of twin boys and enjoys good coffee and time on his bike. 

Family Counsellor: Julie Lieber

Bachelor in Mental Health Alcohol and Drugs (Dual Diagnosis), Diploma Alcohol and Drugs, Certificate in Youth Skills

Julie is an accredited and experienced mental health and alcohol and drug therapist trained in dual diagnosis and family therapy. Julie works primarily with families who are suffering the effects of substance abuse. She is warm, compassionate and approachable.

Julie has extensive experience working with high-risk youth, indigenous and culturally and linguistically diverse communities in the public mental health system and in Nauru. Julie utilises a variety of psychological techniques and a strength-based approach and her current areas of interest include alcohol and drug addiction, family systems therapy and mental health.

Julie’s personal family experiences fuel her commitment to her work and an individualised approach to therapy.

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Outpatient & Aftercare Program Coordinator: Bruce Laidlaw

Bachelor of Counselling (Coaching), Diploma in Community Services Work, Diploma in Community Development, Certificate in Mentoring

As well as coordinating the Aftercare and Outpatient programs, Bruce works one-on-one with clients as a Counsellor and Recovery Coach. Drawing on his lived experience of addiction, he plays a key role in Arrow Health’s assisted intervention team.

Bruce’s own journey of recovery has allowed him to bring a strong commitment to helping others along the path of healing. This knowledge and experience allows him to form strong therapeutic relationships with people seeking support with addiction treatment. When not at work Bruce enjoys painting and taking his dog to the park.

Dr Belinda Mackie

Registered Psychoanalyst Australian Centre for Psychoanalysis

Belinda has been registered as a practicing psychoanalyst with the Australian Centre for Psychoanalysis (ACP) for twenty years and has worked in both private and public mental health settings for over thirty years.

Belinda is registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and is a credentialed member of the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses (ACMHN).  She frequently presents lectures, papers and seminars on clinical and theoretical issues at the ACP and elsewhere. She has published various articles on psychoanalytic themes and her book on psychoanalysis applied in institutional settings, based on her PhD thesis, was published by Karnac, London in 2016. 

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Counsellor: John Campbell

Master of Social Sciences, Graduate Diploma of Alcohol and Other Drugs, Graduate Diploma of Community Development

John has worked in community health and related private sectors for over 28 years.

In addition to the community and private sectors, John has extensive expertise in the youth, mental health, drug, alcohol, homelessness and justice sectors.

Intake and Assessment Coordinator: Lindi Nankin

Bachelor of Social Work

Whilst undertaking her degree in social work Lindi’s interest in helping people overcome obstacles associated with addiction was peaked. Since completing her studies Lindi has continued to develop her understanding of addiction and the needs of the individuals post recovery. She looks forward to helping families navigate the often complicated road associate with treatment. In her spare time Lindi enjoys playing high grade AFL football and travel.

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Nutritionist: Sandra Stephens

Bachelor of Science (Nutritional Therapy), ANTA (Australian Natural Therapist Association); Masters in Marketing and Management

Sandra is an accredited Nutritionist and a member of the Australian Natural Therapies Association. She has been extensively working in the community with individuals and groups, running numerous workshops in local schools, private businesses and sporting organisations. She is a strong advocate for health within the community, supporting healthy lifestyle initiatives by collaborating with local councils.

Sandra is a strong believer of the power of good quality, whole food to deliver and sustain long-term health and vitality.

“Nutrition is not being on a diet, feeling hungry and deprived, it is nourishing your body with the right food to feel energised and live life to the fullest.”

Sandra is a wife and busy mother of two active boys. She trains together with her family in martial arts and also enjoys yoga.