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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin

Wapa maya



Wapa maya (meaning 'safe place') is a program that provides a community patrol, homeless support service, and sobering-up services in South Hedland in Western Australia. These services assist some 300 clients on a weekly basis with transport, showers, clean clothes, a safe place to sleep, meals, support and further assistance.

Wapa maya can accommodate up to 16 persons (8 male beds, 8 female beds). Clients are either self-admitted, or referred by the community patrol or the South Hedland Police. This facility caters for intoxicated clients, aiming to keep them out of police custody.

Wapa maya began operating in 2007 after an amalgamation of the Bloodwood Tree Association and the Port Hedland Sobering Up Centre Group Inc.

Abstract adapted from the Bloodwood Tree Association


Wapa Maya
14 Forrest Circle
South Hedland WA 6722
Ph: (08) 9172 3666
Fax: (08) 9140 1372
Email: wapa.maya@bloodwoodtree.org.au

Bloodwood Tree Association
19 Hamilton Road
PO Box 2099
South Hedland WA 6722
Ph: (08) 9138 3000
Fax: (08) 9140 1474
Email: manager@bloodwoodtree.org.au


Last updated: 1 April 2015
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