South West Community Alcohol and Drug Service
Our South West Community Alcohol and Drug Service (SWCADS) offers easily accessible counselling and support for people with drug and alcohol issues and their families free of charge.
We also provide consultation, shared case management, education, strategic support and training for Western Australia’s south west communities.
We work closely with a range of services including mental health services, medical and other health professionals, corrective services, other human service providers, local governments and local community groups.
Since our inception in 1998, we have identified gaps within existing community services and developed initiatives to meet those needs, with funding provided by St John of God Health Care and the WA Government.
Our service provides a range of individual and group programs, targeting gaps in the community, including:
Providing a holistic approach to wellbeing recognising cultural security, in partnership with Breakaway Aboriginal Corporation, we offer SMART Recovery, support the local Aboriginal Men’s Group and work with SWAMS to provide better outcomes of care to individuals and family.
Free counselling services are offered for alcohol or other drug problems and to family or loved ones affected by substance use using models of care based on motivational interviewing and cognitive behavioral therapy.
Help and advice about drug use is provided to people who have been advised by police they are required to attend counselling or go to court.
Our diversion program assists people to address their drug use while they work through their legal issues.
A range of programs are offered and referrals can be made via the court or the community.
Assessments, counselling and consultations are offered for individuals and organisations about co-occurring mental health and alcohol and other drug issues providing collaborative interventions with local government and non-government organisations.
The Excel Program is designed as a 3-session therapy/education program.
Excel is unique in its approach and brings together aspects of storytelling, personal sharing and group unity towards a common goal of wellness.
The program is designed for clients over 18yrs who have been referred by Adult Justice Services and is available in Bunbury and Busselton.
A walking group for clients of the South West Community Alcohol and Drug Service.
Each week a new theme is discussed during the walk/run, with handouts at the end of the session.
Themes include the impact of alcohol and other drugs on the brain, the importance of physical activity and healthy lifestyle choices for recovery from alcohol and other drugs dependence.
We are also offering a learn to run program alongside the walking group.
If you would like to learn to run, please provide a written clearance from your GP or specialist.
- Tuesdays 9.30am to 10.30am at Bunbury SWCADS
Medication assisted treatment for opioid dependence is a combination of medication (methadone or buprenorphine for substitution treatment, or naltrexone for relapse prevention treatment) and psychosocial support.
Medication eliminates withdrawal, reduces cravings and blocks the euphoric effect of further opioid use.
Psychosocial support helps improve psychological wellbeing, social environment and quality of life.
Our assistance ranges from providing food and shelter to complex structured psychotherapy.
SWCADS have been a part of the PARTY program in Bunbury and Busselton for a number of years.
Within this program, trained counsellors provide up to date alcohol and other drugs education for year 10, 11 and 12 students from south west schools.
SMART Recovery is a free group program assisting any problematic behaviours including drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, gambling, food, shopping, Internet and others.
Guided by trained peers and professionals, participants come to help themselves and help each other using a variety of cognitive behaviour therapy and motivational tools and techniques.
- Tuesdays 11.00am to 12.30pm at Bunbury SWCADS
- Tuesdays 1.00pm to 2.30pm at Breakaway Aboriginal Corporation
Consultation and counselling services are provided at headspace Bunbury.
Assessments, counselling and referrals for young people aged 14 and over are also offered at our Bunbury and outreach services.
The South West Coordinator positions act as a central point for communication to assist services on the ground to work in partnership improving the support and care for those affected by suicide and suicide attempts.
Suicide prevention is a key priority and while there are a range of support services available for people requiring intervention or in crisis within regional areas the position of the Suicide Prevention Coordinator will increase local community and service capacity to identify these support services and respond to suicide and related issues at a local level.
There are 4 priority areas that our South West Suicide Prevention Plan focusses on. In essence they are:
- suicide prevention training
- prevention activities
For support contact the South West Community Alcohol and Drug Service on (08) 9721 9256 or email:
South West Alcohol and Other Drug Management Project Officers are funded by the Mental Health Commission.
The Project Officer’s main role is to assist communities to reduce the level of harmful alcohol and other drug use within their areas.
This is achieved by actively supporting partnerships between community and service providers to identify and address local issues, using evidence based primary prevention strategies.
Currently, officers are supporting the local government areas of Bunbury, Collie, Nannup and Manjimup with Alcohol and Other Drug Management Plans, Local Drug Action Teams and other similar plans.
These roles are directed by the Western Australian Mental Health, Alcohol and Other Drug Services Plan 2015–2025 and the National Drug Strategy 2017-2026.
For more information contact the South West Community Alcohol and Drug Service on 9721 9256 or email:
- Bunbury: Monday to Friday
- Bridgetown: Wednesday
- Manjimup: Monday and Tuesday
- Collie: Tuesday
- Harvey: Thursday
- Busselton: Tuesday and Wednesday
- Margaret River: Thursday
Please complete this referral form and fax to (08) 9721 8375 to refer a client.
For further information about our services, email email@example.com
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