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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin

Detention facility officially named site for alcohol and other drug rehabilitation centre

Date posted: 18 July 2014

A long-awaited alcohol and other drug (AOD) rehabilitation centre will officially be located at the old Ellis Close detention facility in Port Augusta, South Australia (SA).

The Aboriginal Drug and Alcohol Council of South Australia (ADAC) made the official announcement on Wednesday.

Aboriginal Family Support Services and the Aboriginal Health Council of SA joined forces to establish the first Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander AOD residential rehabilitation service for the north west region of SA.

The facility has been specifically funded as an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander service, however, ADAC Director, Scott Wilson, said the service would not discriminate against non-Aboriginal family or partners of patients.

The 12-bed, 24-hour facility will provide accommodation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men, women and family.

The 12-week program, using a therapeutic community approach, will include counselling, programs and activities to help people make the right choices and reduce their AOD use.

A naming competition is also being held for the new service, with the winner being awarded a prize to the value of $1,000.

Source: The Transcontinental


Last updated: 27 August 2014
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