Wandarma, Aboriginal Drug and Alcohol Service


 Wandarma Aboriginal Drug and Alcohol Service – Bega and Region       

The Wandarma Aboriginal Drug and Alcohol Service is funded by the Office for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health in the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing, and operates under the auspices of The Lyndon Community.Wandarma is based in Bega, and covers the region from the Victorian Border up the lower south coast of NSW as far as Wallaga Lake (about 115 kms), including Aboriginal people and their families living in the communities of Eden, Pambula, Merimbula, Bega, Bemboka, Bermagui and Wallaga Lake.

The service includes three Aboriginal drug and alcohol workers and counselors and offers a range of programs including:

·         one off support and information;

·         short programs;

·         intensive case-management and counselling;

·          transport and referral to inpatient and residential rehabilitation services;

·         family support;

·         reports and advocacy with other agencies; or

·         ongoing low key harm minimization, relationship building and engagement.

We also offer:

·         youth and community promotion, prevention and information programs;

·         informal outreach engagement, brief intervention, and information to potential clients who are non-treatment-seeking or their families;

·         access to an addiction medicine specialist physician; and

·         training and support to other services.

Wandarma is working to establish ongoing therapeutic and cultural group programs and camps.

Wandarma has a clinical advisory group and a cultural and community advisory group to build links with local services and Aboriginal communities and is working to increase local Aboriginal community control of the service over the next few years.

The service is open in Bega 5 days per week, Wallaga Outreach Centre 2 days per week and Eden Auswide Office 3 days per week. We can do home visits and provide transport support for clients attending programs.

For client referral  and for general inforamtion please phone  (02) 6492 0011

 Wandarma Aboriginal Drug and Alcohol Service operates  under the auspices of The Lyndon Community and is funded by the Department