Dame Susan Glazebrook and Mrs Eileen Varley, of Richmond, ONZM for services to addiction services
Eileen Varley has been Manager of the Nelson Addiction Service since 1988, which has developed into one of the most respected services nationwide. She developed a number of specialist roles within the service, including specialist provision of court reports, youth team and hospital liaison. She successfully advocated for additional positions for specialist medical staff within the service. She created links with Police, justice and probation services, facilitating diversion of people with alcohol- or drug-related infringements to useful treatment, and introduced a process of routine referral of those presenting to the hospital Emergency Department with substance-related illnesses. As Chairperson of the National Association of Opioid Treatment Providers for many years, Mrs Varley was instrumental in initiating fundamental revision of treatment guidelines, establishing an evidence-based model.