Just For Women: A NSW Drug & Alcohol Service Directory

Just For Women: A NSW Drug & Alcohol Service Directory

This is a list of services set up to support women who use drugs and alcohol. Call the services to get more info or ring ADIS on 9361 8000 or freecall 1800 422 599 from country areas. Things to ask might include cost, the length of waiting lists, intake procedures and program requirements.

The first section lists women’s-only detox and rehab programs in NSW, including those where children are accepted.

This is followed by a list of health services specifically for women, with an emphasis on improving the health and lifestyle women who use drugs.

The third listing includes specialist support services for women who use drugs and are pregnant, and are designed to make sure Mum and baby get all the tests, care and treatment they need before and immediately after birth.

PUBLIC DETOX & REHAB PROGRAMS FOR WOMEN

Detour House - Glebe
9660 4137
Length of Stay - Up to 90 days
Methadone / bupe - No
Mental health issues - No
Court cases/legal - No

·         Supported accommodation – safe, home-like

·         Individual case management

·         Referrals, living skills, peer discussion, transition preparation, 12 step meetings

Guthrie House – Enmore
9564 5977
Length of stay - 90 days
Methadone / bupe - Yes
Mental health issues - Yes, if managed
Court cases/legal - If Aboriginal or connected to bail

·         Regular counselling sessions, group work, living skills, relapse prevention

·         Access to health services, Aboriginal support worker, family worker

·         Court support including court reports; support letters for FACS

Jarrah House – Little Bay
9661 6555
Length of stay – 28-42 days
Methadone / bupe - Yes
Mental health issues - Yes
Court cases/legal – Yes

·         4 week medically supervised detox and stabilisation program

·         6 week skills residential relapse prevention program

·         Both programs include counselling, group work, individual case management, parenting groups, exercise, yoga, art therapy, mindfulness and relaxation

·         Take children up to 8 years but places are limited

·         Child care provided by early childhood workers. School aged children attend the local school. Children are seen as “clients” of the services as much as their Mums

·         Discharge planning and follow-up service including peer support from former service users

·         Holistic health care

·         12 step meetings 

·         Call for intake Wednesday, Thursday and Friday mornings only

Kamira Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment Services – Wyong
4392 1341
Length of stay – 28-42 days
Methadone / bupe - No
Mental health issues - Yes
Court cases/legal – No

·         Accepts women from 16 years with & without children

·         Partners accepted

·         Priority given to pregnant women, birthing process supported

·         Children 0 – 8 years accepted

·         Children over 1 year go to a separate day care centre

·         Individual and group work, AA/NA encouraged.

·         Outreach service offered in Wyong and Toukley areas for clients not wanting to do a rehab but seeking counselling and group work

·         No smoking - 8 weeks free nicotine replacement therapy provided

Kathleen York House – Glebe
9660 5818
Length of stay – 180 days
Methadone / bupe - No
Mental health issues - Yes
Court cases/legal – Yes

·         Women only, over 21 years of age

·         Children 0 - 12 years accepted

·         Only 7 women and 5 children in the house at any time, so number of children each woman can have with them depends on current residents

·         6 months residential program, plus 12 months after-care (outpatient and peer support)

·         Women may be eligible for community housing during the after-care program

·         Court support, living and social skills, Tresillian parenting skills and support, children’s health, art therapy, one-on-one counselling and group therapy, relapse prevention

·         Non-smoking

·         Call for intake interviews Tuesday 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM only

Phoebe House – Arncliffe
9005 1570
Length of stay – 180 days
Methadone / bupe - Yes
Mental health issues - No
Court cases/legal – No

·         Preference given to women on pharmacotherapy who have a child and have FACS involvement, but beds available for others

·         Usually each Mum can have 1 child 0-4 years with FACS involvement. However, each situation is assessed individually

Destiny Haven - Clarence Town
4996 5558
Length of stay - 180-365 days
Methadone / bupe - No
Mental health issues - Yes
Court cases/legal – No

·         Very strongly Christian-based (but not affiliated with any particular church)

·         Live- in program with commitment to stay at least 6 months

·         Abstinence based (but not 12 steps)

·         Various issues treated, not just drug dependency. Other issues include eating disorders, self-harm, suicidal tendencies, depression and anxiety, panic attacks and effects of abuse

·         Several compulsory core elements including counselling, sport, daily devotion group, weekly church attendance, Involvement in a cottage industry (jewellery, foods, sewn items)

We Help Ourselves: New Beginnings – Lilyfield
8572 7433
Length of stay – 90-180 days
Methadone / bupe - No
Mental health issues - Yes
Court cases/legal – MERIT ONLY

·         WHOS offers a range of drug and alcohol services at several locations. Includes abstinence, harm minimisation & stabilisation. Live-in and day programs

·         New Beginnings is the “women’s only” program at Lilyfield (Sydney) and is abstinence based

·         Staffed by women

·         Holistic approach with group work, women's counselling (relationship issues, parenting, social and communication skills, assertiveness skills and boundary setting), stress management and skills development.

·         Children not accepted but women can skype their families every day and have weekly visits

·         Expected to attend AA/NA meetings

·         HIV and Hep C testing/ support /treatment offered

·         Halfway/three quarter house

 

COMMUNITY SUPPORT & HEALTH SERVICES FOR WOMEN WHO USE DRUGS AND ALCOHOL

Dianella Cottage – Katoomba
4782 9265

·         Women's Drug & Alcohol Service

·         Harm Minimisation philosophy

·         Services include counselling; case management; supported referral

·         group programs include

·       Wise Women's Day Program (2 days a week for 7 weeks)

·       New Directions - skills development program

·         SMART Recovery for Women

·         Choices - for women transitioning from prison

·         Connecting with Community program

Hunter Women’s Centre – Mayfield
4968 2511

·  The centre provides counselling, groups and workshops; information & referrals

·  Special Interest Activities address:

-   domestic and family violence and abuse

-   emotional issues including self-esteem, depression, anxiety and stress.

-   relationship issues including the promotion of healthy and supportive relationships. 

-   lifestyle risk factors for women including smoking, alcohol and other drugs.

·         Groups and workshops include topics such as domestic violence, self-esteem, communication and assertiveness and personal boundaries

Illawarra Women’s Health Centre – Warilla
4255 6800

·         Medical assistance

·         Counselling

·         Discussion groups (women and children's health topics e.g. drug and alcohol, menopause, sexual health)

·         Tai Chi, exercises classes

Leichhardt Women's Community Health Centre – Leichhardt
9560 3011

·         Services are provided for women on low incomes (under $25,000/year)

·         Include drug and alcohol counselling, groups and referrals

·         Focus on relapse prevention

Sydney Women’s Counselling Centre – Campsie
9718 1955

·         Counselling for depression, post-natal depression, grief & bereavement, domestic violence, childhood sexual abuse, substance dependency & gambling for self or someone close to them.  

·         Group & individual support

·         Special focus on women from a background other than English speaking  

·         Chinese speaking counsellors available

·         Groups for survivors of domestic violence.

The Girl's Refuge - Detour House Inc – Leichhardt
9564 3638

·         Provides supported accommodation for young women aged 13 to 17 years who are homeless or at risk of homelessness through individual, holistic case management for up to three months. 

·         6 short term beds and 1 crisis bed

·         A safe, home-like environment for up to 3 months

·         Case management

·         referrals to other specialist services

·         educational groups

·         living skills development

Waminda Aboriginal Women's Health Centre – Nowra
4421 7400

·         WAMINDA means “Companion”

·         Run by South Coast Women's Health & Welfare Aboriginal Corporation

·         Services include menopause counselling, menstrual counselling; contraceptive counselling; fit diaphragms; pap smear, breast check; pregnancy testing and/or counselling; sexual difficulties, STDs & HIV/AIDS; crisis support including sexual assault and domestic violence counselling; dental; early childhood nurse; program for young women at risk

Women’s and Girls Emergency Centre – Sydney
9211 1616

·         For homeless women and children in the Sydney inner city including inner west.

·         Works with the Newtown Neighbourhood Centre to provide support for people living in boarding houses. 

·         Specialist domestic and family violence service 4:30PM to 11:00 PM 

·         Day drop in centre for women to come and access coffee/tea, breakfast and lunch, showers, washing machines, computers, clothing, locker storage, safe space to meet other women.

·         Case management provided to women wanting assistance to gain housing, address health issues, legal support, drug and alcohol problems and mental health issues.

·         Transgender support project to provide support and case management to transgender women who are homeless or at risk of homelessness as well as community development to address concerns for access to services for transgender women. 

·         Outreach support

·         Home visits to assist with independent living skills, attendance at appointments with clients, court support and assistance with transport.

·         Legal services

SPECIALISED DRUGS IN PREGNANCY SERVICES

Not all Local Health Districts have a specialised service. If you are pregnant and need advice you can call a nurse from one of the Drugs in Pregnancy services in another area or call the general Drug and Alcohol Services intake number of the LHD where you live and ask to speak about ante-natal care.

NSW

HOSPITALS -
NEW SOUTH WALES WIDE
SERVICE NAME - Mothersafe
PHONE - 9382 6539 or 1800 647 848 (if calling from country areas)
KEY STAFF - Skilled counsellors
LOCATION - Royal Hospital For Women, Randwick
HOURS - Monday to Friday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
SERVICES:

·  Free telephone service

·  Counselling service over the phone with some women offered face-to-face counselling at Randwick if suitable

·  Advice about how drugs and health procedures (e.g. radiation) can affect your baby during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

·  Non-English speakers can access an interpreter at no charge by phoning 131 450.

SYDNEY

HOSPITALS - Royal Prince Alfred and Canterbury
SERVICE NAME - Drugs in Pregnancy Service
PHONE - RPAH: Hospital Switch 9515 6111; Antenatal 9515 7101; CNC 9515 8298; Canterbury Hospital: Maternity 9787 0560; Drug Health 9787 0272
KEY STAFF - Martina Besters, Clinical Nurse Consultant
LOCATION – Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Missenden Road, Camperdown; Canterbury Hospital, Canterbury Rd, Campsie
HOURS - Monday to Friday 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM
SERVICES:

·         Info on drug & alcohol use in pregnancy 

·          Treatment referrals and support for you and/or your partner for hospital inpatient detox, residential rehabs, relapse prevention if required

·         Support while working with family and community services

SOUTH EASTERN SYDNEY

HOSPITALS - Royal Hospital for Women
SERVICE NAME - Chemical Use in Pregnancy Service (CUPS)
PHONE - 9332 8777
KEY STAFF - Sara Clews & Janet Falconer, Clinical Nurse Consultants
LOCATION - The Langton Centre 591 South Dowling St Surry Hills
HOURS - Monday to Friday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
SERVICES:

·         Help women with D&A problems and their families before, during and after pregnancy

·         Linked to perinatal services

·         Postnatal follow- up clinics available for babies needing treatment for neonatal abstinence syndrome

SOUTH EASTERN SYDNEY

HOSPITALS - Includes St. George and Sutherland
SERVICE NAME - Chemical Use in Pregnancy Service (CUPS)
PHONE - 9113 2944 (Kogarah); 95407464 (Sutherland)
KEY STAFF - Lynette Bown, Acting CUPS Clinical Nurse Consultant
LOCATION - St George Hospital, 2 South St, Kogarah
HOURS - Monday to Friday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
SERVICES:

·         Support for mothers and families with substance use issues during the antenatal, birth and post-natal periods

SOUTH WESTERN SYDNEY

HOSPITALS - Includes Liverpool; Fairfield; Bankstown
SERVICE NAME - Perinatal and family drug health (at Drug Health Services – South Western Sydney)
PHONE - Drug Health Services Intake line: 9616 8586
KEY STAFF - Service runs on centralised intake – when you call Drug Health Services, they will connect you with the right people.
LOCATION - Various
HOURS - Monday to Friday 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
SERVICES:

·         Info on drug & alcohol use in pregnancy

·         Treatment referrals and support for you and/or your partner for hospital inpatient detox, residential rehabs, relapse prevention if required

NORTHERN SYDNEY

HOSPITALS - Royal North Shore Hospital
SERVICE NAME - Drug and alcohol consultation and liaison
PHONE - 9462 9199
KEY STAFF - Centralised intake – ask for pregnancy support
LOCATION - Royal North Shore Hospital, St Leonards
HOURS - Monday to Friday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
SERVICES:

·         Support for expecting mothers with substance use issues

ILLAWARRA SHOALHAVEN

HOSPITALS - Includes Shellharbour, Shoalhaven, Wollongong
SERVICE NAME - Substance Use in Pregnancy and Parenting Service
PHONE - Helpline 1300 652 226; Illawarra:  iDAS SUPPS 42542700; Shoalhaven: sDAS SUPPS 44229662
KEY STAFF - Illawarra: Sarah Seddon; Shoalhaven: Veronica Riordan
LOCATION - Illawarra: The Orana Centre, 2 Rawson Street, Wollongong
HOURS - Monday to Friday 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
SERVICES:

·         Case management and case coordination for women during pregnancy and post-natal (up to 12 weeks post-delivery which may be extended).

·         Designated antenatal clinic (Illawarra).Family support referrals.

·         Referral to residential treatment

·         Support in maternity unit including admission for NAS

·         Liaison with and referral to local D/A services (incl. stimulant treatment/ OTP/ counselling)

ILLAWARRA SHOALHAVEN

HOSPITALS - Includes Shellharbour, Shoalhaven, Wollongong
SERVICE NAME - Miinya Biyanga Boori (Shellharbour Aboriginal Maternal, Infant and Child Health Service)
PHONE - 4295 2417
KEY STAFF - Donna Walder, Nurse Unit Manager
LOCATION - Shellharbour Hospital 15-17 Madigan Boulevarde Mt Warrigal
HOURS - Monday to Friday 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
SERVICES:

·         Pregnancy and baby care for Aboriginal families with children 0 - 6 years

·         Midwives, family health nurses, social workers, Aboriginal heath education officers, drug and alcohol workers, mental health workers

·         Work with other Aboriginal services

WESTERN SYDNEY

HOSPITALS - Includes Auburn, Blacktown, Cumberland, Mouth Druitt, Westmead
SERVICE NAME - Drug Use in Pregnancy Service (DUPS)
PHONE - 02 8890-6508 between 8:00am & 4:30pm Monday to Friday. Please let the Administration Officer know if you require an interpreter.
KEY STAFF - Book in through the Women's Health Clinic and ask to speak to Nurse Unit Manager or Midwife in charge
LOCATION - G Block, Westmead Hospital (parking can be difficult)
HOURS - Monday to Friday 7:00 AM – 8:00 PM, Saturday and Sunday 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM
SERVICES:

·         Specialised midwifery and obstetric care.  

NAPEAN BLUE MOUNTAINS

HOSPITALS - Lithgow Katoomba Springwood Penrith Cranebrook, St.Marys
SERVICE NAME - Drugs In Pregnancy Program (DIPS) (Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District Drug And Alcohol Service)
PHONE - 4734 2129. 0400 269215
KEY STAFF - Sue Junod, Nurse Consultant
LOCATION - Drug and Alcohol Services Building Nepean Hospital Somerset St Kingswood
HOURS - Monday to Friday 7:00 AM – 8:00 PM, Saturday and Sunday 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM
SERVICES:

·         Specialised midwifery and obstetric care.      

·         Detox, links to rehab, counselling,

·         Non-judgemental, supportive and specialised

When Sex Work and Drugs Overlap

When Sex Work and Drugs Overlap

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