About the Director

Dr Lynda Berends

Dr Lynda Berends

Health services researcher in Melbourne, specialising in alcohol and drug sector development

Dr Berends has worked in this area for around 20 years, with the Victorian Department of Justice, at Turning Point Alcohol and Drug Centre, and as a senior researcher with the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre at the University of New South Wales.

We can support your work by providing services in areas including:

  • Program design and implementation
  • Evaluation and performance monitoring
  • Policy and procedures development and review
  • Strategic planning and workforce development
  • Proposal development
  • Project management


Dr Berends has undertaken a range of significant projects for sector design and improvement in her former roles. This work includes:

  • Needs analysis and service development, pharmacotherapy in primary care (VIC)
  • Chronic care initiative evaluation (VIC)
  • Koori Community Alcohol and Other Drug Services Evaluation (VIC)
  • Pharmacotherapy Services Review (VIC)
  • Rural and remote domestic violence service evaluation (East Gippsland, VIC)
  • Court-Based Diversion Program Evaluation (QLD)
  • Evaluation of a Rural and Remote Pharmacotherapy Service (NSW)
  • Workforce Development Infrastructure Evaluation (NZ)

This work highlights Lynda’s capacity regarding diverse geographic, policy, and cultural settings.


As the Director at TRACE Research, Lynda has worked with a number of non-government organisations on the development of program plans and resources and to evaluate new health initiatives, using an ongoing cycle of planning, action, review, and improvement.


Lynda Berends 

0414 971 570

TRACE Research

PO Box 53
Meeniyan VIC 3956

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