In April 2013, the Aboriginal Drug and Alcohol Council SA (ADAC), Aboriginal Health Council of SA (AHCSA) and Aboriginal Family Support Services (AFSS) formed a consortium to establish a therapeutic community model of care service to address the AOD needs of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island people in the north west region of South Australia.
The three partners are also all state wide community organisations with member organisations in all communities within South Australia.
Established under the auspice of the Aboriginal Drug and Alcohol Council SA, the North West Regional Residential Service, known as Footsteps – road to recovery, is the only alcohol and drug residential rehabilitation facility for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the region.
Established at Port Augusta, SA, Footsteps supports individuals and families with after care and case coordination, to strengthen their capacity to address alcohol and drug problems and reconnect with their families, communities and cultures.
Footsteps is a proud employer of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and regards its human resources, cultural integrity and service partnerships as key components to the success of its service.
Footsteps adopts a harm minimization approach under a therapeutic community model to reduce the impact of alcohol and drug usage on our community. At the same time Footsteps recognises and supports abstinence based approaches and will strive to represent the interests of all in working to reduce the harmful effects of alcohol and drug usage within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities of South Australia by;
As a residential rehabilitation service based on a therapeutic community model, Footsteps aims to:
Inspire and empower Aboriginal people to live free of the harmful effects of alcohol and other drugs
To provide and deliver a culturally appropriate, healing, residential therapeutic community that is holistic, effective and creates a better everyday life for Aboriginal people with alcohol and other drug problems, in the NW region of South Australia.
The service receives referrals for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men and women aged 18 years and over.
The catchment area for clients coming to Footsteps covers almost 900,000 klms and includes;
Footsteps operates a 12-bed short term residential accommodation for referred men and women from the region. Separate accommodation is available for 8 men and 4 women proportionate to community demand.
The service operates 24 hours a day 7 days a week. The Administration Office operates normal office hours 9.00am – 5.00pm Monday to Friday.
Our Governance and The Consortium
The Consortium consists of ADAC, AFSS and ACHS representatives to provide direction, support and advice to the establishment of the service.
The Aboriginal Drug and Alcohol Council as the lead agency which auspices Footsteps, is responsible for the day to day management and operations of the service.
OUR COLLABORATIVE NETWORKS
As part of its whole of community and holistic approach, Footsteps works closely with a number of organisations and committees
Aboriginal Family Support Services
Aboriginal Community Health Council
Aboriginal and Primary Health Care Services and hospitals
Port Augusta Correctional Services
Well Women’s Centre
SA Alcohol and Drug Network
Australasian Therapeutic Community Association
Various therapeutic community & residential rehabilitation services across Australia
Drug and Alcohol Services SA (incl day centres, sobering up units, mobile assistance patrols)
Family Violence Legal Service
Port Augusta & NW region
Port Augusta, Whyalla, Port Lincoln,
Ceduna, Whyalla, Port Augusta, Coober Pedy,
Coober Pedy, Port Augusta, Ceduna, Adelaide
Port Augusta, Whyalla, Coober Pedy
Port Augusta, Coober Pedy, Yalata
For more information, call the Aboriginal Drug and Alcohol Council (SA) Inc. on (08) 8351 9031 or use the contact form provided.
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For More Information
2014 Annual Report
2015 Annual Report