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Sobering up shelter (Yaandina Family Centre)



The Sobering-up shelter program, run by Yaandina Family Centre in Western Australia, was developed in response to the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody (1987-1991). The shelter is a safe haven that provides 18 beds for community members over the age of 18 years, who are intoxicated and are at risk of harm, or who are engaging in antisocial behaviour.

While the shelter does not supply counselling or medical attention, it acts as a referral service for clients, and will ensure that medical services are provided through the Roebourne Hospital.

In addition to the shelter, the Yaandina Family Centre also runs the Mingga patrol, which aims to ensure the safety and security of intoxicated people who may be at risk at harm, by transporting them to a safe place. The service aims to reduce contact between people and the criminal justice system, while addressing incidents of self-harm and harm to others. 

Abstract adapted from Yaandina Family Centre Inc


Roebourne Sobering-up Centre
11 Queen Street
PO Box 22
Roebourne WA 6718
Ph: (08) 9182 1172

Yaandina Family Centre Inc
51 Hampton Street
PO Box 228
Roebourne WA 6718
Ph: (08) 9182 1172
Fax: (08) 9182 1648


Last updated: 13 August 2015
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