Mirabel's Achievements


Mirabel is currently supporting over 1,900 children and young people, the most profoundly overlooked casualties of substance abuse in our society.


Mirabel’s programs achieve positive results for children and we carefully target and manage our funding to deliver the best outcomes for the most vulnerable children in our community. Mirabel’s effectiveness has been documented in numerous independent evaluations (by Melbourne University, Success Works & Turning Point). The evaluations found that Mirabel excelled in cross-sectoral case management, our intervention stopped the negative cycle of disadvantaged and that for some families, Mirabel’s intervention has been life-changing. In November 2015, Social Ventures Australia completed a Social Return on Investment (SROI) Analysis on Mirabel’s programs. The analysis found that for every $1 invested in Mirabel, $6.60 of social and economic value was created. It also found evidence that Mirabel’s programs contribute to healthier and happier kinship families, help children to reach their full potential and contribute to breaking the destructive cycle of addiction in just one generation.


Mirabel was recognised as an example of best practice by the Australian National Council on Drugs (ANCD) in their report, “Drug Use in the Family: Impacts and Implications for Children”. We were also honoured to be chosen as a finalist for Excellence in Prevention at the 2007 National Drug and Alcohol Awards and were awarded the Victorian Children’s Charities Award in the category of Drug and Alcohol.


Mirabel’s CEO, Jane Rowe, is the worthy recipient of the Prime Minister's Centenary Medal, a Human Rights Award, the 2012 Victorian Honour Roll of Women, the 2015 Victorian Local Hero Australian of the Year Award, the 2017 St Michael’s Medallion and the 2019 Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM).