The RFDS in NSW/ACT
Alcohol and other drugs
RFDS SE Alcohol and other Drugs (AoD) services
Access to mental health and alcohol and other drug services, particularly early intervention and prevention services, can be difficult in rural and remote areas where people are isolated and have to travel long distances.
In January 2017, the RFDS partnered with Lives Lived Well to roll out a brand new alcohol and other drugs service to communities in western and far west NSW. Initially funded by the Western NSW Department of Health’s Primary Health Network for 18 months, the program is now up and running with outreach services established in Cobar, Dubbo and Broken Hill.
Each service provides a full range of counselling, individual and family support, interventions and referral services to clients living within a two-hour drive of each hub. Here at the RFDS, we are responsible for managing the day-to-day service delivery. Lives Lived Well offers specialist outreach, detox and rehabilitation programs throughout NSW and will provide program oversight, training and clinical supervision. Each location has an appointed an alcohol and other drugs clinician and community engagement worker to deliver the outreach services from each location.