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Youth, alcohol, drug treatment and support program (YAD)



The Youth, alcohol, drug treatment and support (YAD) program is operated by the Indigenous Wellbeing Centre. The YAD program is involved in providing case management support, referral, individual and group based education and interventions to young people who are at risk of, or engaged in, the use of alcohol or other drugs. The YAD program uses a harm minimisation approach to address alcohol and other drug use in young people. This includes support for the individual, their families, and the wider young people community.

The program aims to:

Some of the strategies and interventions delivered through the program include:

  • coordinating treatment plans for clients in close collaboration with other agencies
  • brief interventions
  • group sessions with psychologists and social workers to support clients in addressing drug and alcohol relapse/s
  • maintaining partnerships with relevant government and non-government agencies to provide effective interventions and support.
The program is individualised to meet the young person's needs and goals. Treatment plans are established with the individual and reviewed regularly to ensure the individual's changing needs are addressed. All young people aged 12-24 years, both Indigenous and non-Indigenous, are welcome. There are no costs associated with this program.

Abstract adapted from Indigenous Wellbeing Centre


Indigenous Wellbeing Centre
12B/9 Maryborough Street
Bundaberg Qld 4670
Ph: (07) 4151 5402
Fax: (07) 4151 3140


Last updated: 18 June 2014
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