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 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 Community Services Charter details client rights and responsibilities, and what you can expect when engaging with our services.
Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) information for clients
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have made some changes to the way we deliver our services.
We now offer the option of telephone counselling to our clients, allowing them to receive the support they require via phone with one of our trusted clinicians from the comfort of their home or preferred private location.
These measures will allow us to keep supporting the wellbeing of our clients during these uncertain times.
For more information please contact us.
In collaboration with the Mental Health Commission and community stakeholders, the Service takes a lead role in assisting with the implementation and evaluation of evidence based prevention strategies to reduce and prevent alcohol and other drug related harms at a local and regional level in the south west of Western Australia.
We assist communities to reduce the level of harmful alcohol and other drug use within their areas, and currently work in local government districts of Bunbury, Collie, Nannup and Manjimup.
We actively support partnerships between community and service providers to identify and address local issues, using evidence based primary prevention strategies and in line with the Western Australian Mental Health, Alcohol and Other Drug Services Plan 2015–2025 and the National Drug Strategy 2017-2026.
Contact our prevention coordinators:
Tel: (08) 9721 9256
Kendra Grace and Shelley O’Brien are the South West Suicide Prevention Coordinators. The project is funded by the Mental Health Commission. 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.
To get in contact with Shelley or Kendra, contact the South West Community Alcohol and Drug Service on (08) 9721 9256 or email:
Kendra Grace - Kendra.Grace@sjog.org.au
Shelley O’Brien – Shelley.O’Brien@sjog.org.au
Suicide Prevention Strategy 2020
Think Mental Health
Rural Link (after hours):1800 552 002
Lifeline: 13 11 14
Suicide Call Back Service: 1300 659 467
Crisis Care: 1800 199 008
Beyond Blue: 1300 224 636
We provide a range of individual and group programs, targeting gaps in the community, including:
Providing a holistic approach to wellbeing and recognising cultural security, we support the local Aboriginal Men’s Group and work with South West Aboriginal Medical Services to provide better outcomes of care to individuals, their family and significant others.
The Service provides both Court Diversion and Diversion treatment and delivery. Court Diversion is delivered in Bunbury and Busselton Courts with Diversion Officers delivering Programs and attending court on relevant days.
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, treatment, referral and consultations are provided to people experiencing co-occurring alcohol and other drugs and mental health problems.
The Elevate Program is designed as a 3-session therapy/education program.
Elevate 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.
Youth assessment, counselling, treatment and support is provided in collaboration with Headspace Bunbury and Busselton.
Assessments, counselling, treatment, support and referrals for young people aged 14 and over are also offered at all our service sites.
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.
- Bunbury: Monday to Friday
- Busselton: Monday to Friday
- Outreach services throughout the South-West region
Please complete this referral form and fax to (08) 9721 8375 to refer a client.
For further information about our services, email firstname.lastname@example.org
You can seek further information and assistance for drug and alcohol issues through:
In 2020, St John of God Social Outreach was awarded full accreditation against the QIC Health and Community Services Standards, demonstrating our commitment to providing quality services that are best practice, driven by effective systems and processes that support our clients’ positive experience and achieving better outcomes for everyone we serve.
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