Shane Varcoe

Shane Varcoe


Shane Varcoe is a seasoned professional in the field of youth and community work, boasting over 40 years of experience. His extensive career includes roles in various community-focused initiatives, engaging in nearly all key youth work areas, not least working within the juvenile justice system. The growing unnecessary harm issue of substance use is a key focus in various platforms of protective health and well-being education.

For the past 15 years, Varcoe has held the position of Executive Director at the Dalgarno Institute, an Alcohol & Other Drugs health education charity. Under his leadership, the institute advocates for prevention education, research, and a close proactive engagement with the Recovery Alumni sector.

Varcoe’s dedication to his role is evident in his numerous contributions to the discourse surrounding drug education and policy nationally and internationally. He is a regular feature in radio spots and online platforms, delivering compelling workshops, seminars and talks on prevention and drug demand reduction. Furthermore, he has authored insightful content relating to drug policy and its impact on community resilience.


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