Yaandina Community Services Ltd – Turner River Centre
Yaandina Community Services has operated in the Pilbara for over 40 years. Yaandina began life in Roebourne as a volunteer organisation run by local nurses, nuns and likeminded community people who cared for children in need. Today Yaandina employs over 95 people (29 Aboriginal) and delivers services from a local base in areas of Youth Services, Family Services, Home and Community Care, Aged Care and drug and alcohol services, including the Pilbara’s only drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre.
The Turner River Centre provides a facility in the Pilbara that allows individuals who have successfully completed a detoxification process from drugs and/or alcohol to recover from their addictions. It is a 24 bed facility that operates 24hrs a day 365 days a year and uses the Therapeutic Community (TC) model for treatment and addiction recovery that includes mental and physical healing. Under the TC model residents are required to help each other and work and leisure activities are based on skill development, team work, and the community’s wellbeing. 24-hour support is provided and care and support plans are individually tailored for each resident’s best outcome and wellbeing. Families are able to visit following a settling in period. A referral is required and needs to be accompanied by a medical assessment and criminal history or police clearance certificate.
How can we help you?
Yaandina offers a suite of Drug & Alcohol support services that provide the best possible care for every stage of your Drug & Alcohol recovery journey. Our comprehensive ‘wrap around’ AOD service caters for all aspects and areas of addictions treatment and/or therapeutic needs for individuals and families. This includes community-based integrated AOD services for adults and youth, individual and group counselling, residential services and a low-medical detox facility. We offer culturally safe and secure confidential services that are delivered by professional, qualified staff.
Yaandina’s Drug & Alcohol services are accredited against the WANADA Standard for Culturally Secure Practice in a drug & alcohol setting.
TURNER RIVER REHABILITATION CENTRE
Yaandina’s Turner River Rehabilitation Centre is a 24 bed facility that uses the Therapeutic Community (TC) model for treatment and addiction recovery. A therapeutic community is a treatment facility in which the community itself, through self-help and mutual support, is the principal means for promoting personal change. The therapeutic community (TC) as a model of treatment is based on family and community and is therefore underpinned by the “Community as Method” philosophy. This centre provides a facility in the Pilbara that allows individuals who have successfully completed a detoxification process from drugs and/or alcohol to recover from their addictions. Turner River is certified against the Standards for Therapeutic Communities in a Residential Care setting (ATCA) and also certified against the Standards for Culturally Secure Practice (WANADA). Leisure activities are based on skill development, team work, and the community’s wellbeing. Individually tailored care and support plans are developed for each resident and are underpinned by provision of around the clock 24-hour support. The centre is open 24 hours – 365 days a years and families are able to visit following a settling in period.
Yaandina’s detox service offers a residential, seven days a week, 24 hours a day, low medical detox service that provides a safe, calm place for people to take time out from their addictions.
By giving your body a rest from drug and alcohol use, resting and eating healthy food, a person can start to cleanse their body and help it heal.
Yaandina’s detox program also provides education about the available support options and is certified against the Standards for Culturally Secure practice
PILBARA INTEGRATED DRUG & ALCOHOL SERVICE
The primary objective of the Pilbara Integrated Drug & Alcohol Services is to reduce AOD use and related harm to individuals residing in the Pilbara. To enable us to do this effectively, Yaandina utilises our current expertise, networks and experience to offer drug & alcohol treatment services to individuals and communities. The service provides AOD prevention, education, treatment, rehabilitation, and aftercare services primarily for Indigenous Australians.
Services include support and education to communities & individuals with the aim of improving community safety, building wellbeing and resilience, and supporting communities to develop strategies to tackle substance misuse more generally. This is generally delivered through individual & group therapy, case management and activities and programmes that address AOD and related issues.
Designed to be a harm minimisation strategy for those who are affected by drugs and/or alcohol, the Yaandina Sobering Up Centre was developed in response to the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody (1987 – 1991). The centre is essentially a safe haven certified against the Standards for Culturally Secure practice, providing 8 beds for community members over the age of 18 years to assist men and women who are intoxicated and are at risk of harm or engaging in antisocial behaviour. During their time at the centre clients are supervised by staff who monitor their well-being and provide nutrition and access to a comfortable bed and freshly laundered clothes.
While the centre does not supply counselling or medical attention it does act as a referral service for clients and will ensure that medical attention is provided by the Roebourne Hospital located just around the corner, should it be required.
The Sobering-up centre is open seven days a week, 24 hours a day and works in conjunction with the Mingga Patrol.
YOUTH DRUG & ALCOHOL TREATMENT SERVICE
Yaandina’s Youth drug & alcohol service is for individuals aged 8-14 years and their families and guardians who are seeking support with substance abuse and related problems. It is a family oriented service based in Roebourne, with a clinical & trauma informed therapeutic approach that may include individual, family and group therapy sessions.
The service is an ongoing individual and community wellbeing program with the aim of reducing harm caused by substance abuse through the provision of culturally appropriate interventions, prevention, education, treatment, and secondary support.
Referrals accepted through self-referral, school, family, GP, community services agencies, & government agencies.
Who can we help?
Turner River Centre is primarily for Aboriginal men and women aged 18 years and over but does not exclude others, primarily depending on bed availability.
Where are we located?
The Turner River Rehabilitation Centre is located approximately 30 kilometres south of Port Hedland in a relaxing rural setting offering residents a comfortably appointed 24 bed facility with peaceful surroundings.
Working with partners
We currently have SLA’s with local AMS’s and work collaboratively with most other agencies in the region.
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