Healthy North Coast

North Coast PHN funds new outpatient rehab program

From 1 May 2017, a new community-based rehab program will be run for 12 months by The Buttery, filling a significant gap in alcohol and other drug treatment (AOD) options in Northern NSW.

The Buttery 8Funding details:

  • The Buttery is receiving $220,000 from the North Coast Primary Health Network via their mental health and drug and alcohol program.
  • The funding is made available through the Commonwealth’s Non-Government Organisation Treatment Grants Program (NGOTGP).
  • The NGOTGP is part of the Commonwealth’s package in response to the recommendations of the 2015 National Ice Action Strategy.

New service details: The Buttery’s Community Based Rehab Program (CORE)

This program is designed to meet the therapeutic needs of substance users needing more than low-intensity counselling services, but not wishing or able to attend long-term residential programs.

The funding will enable The Buttery to offer free community-based, medium-intensity rehab over a six-week period. The program will rotate between Lismore, Byron Bay and Tweed Heads.

This model of intensive rehabilitation is evidence-based best practice, cutting-edge addiction treatment. Addiction is a condition that is best managed within a supportive environment, focused on assisting recovery and ongoing abstinence. The program approaches rehabilitation from alcohol and other drugs in a holistic way, working with mind, body and spirit as core components of a healthy life.

North Coast Primary Health Network Chief Executive Dr Vahid Saberi said the program would reduce barriers to accessing rehabilitation and after care for many people living in Northern NSW wishing to address their substance misuse.

“The program is for those not able to attend a residential program. It will be accessible to many in the community, as it will be delivered within school hours, five days a week for five hours a day over six weeks.

“In addition, follow up care will be available, as well as a range of health and social services identified as necessary to help the participants meet their goals.”

The Buttery 4The Buttery CEO John Mundy said that the program was a welcome addition to The Buttery’s services.

“This intensive ‘stepped care’ approach is designed to maximise uptake and retention rates among single parents and others with commitments that prevent them entering a long-term residential program.

“It’s a valuable addition to Northern NSW treatment options for those who want to overcome their alcohol and other drug dependency,” he added.

Detailed information about the program and contact details are available from the The Buttery website.


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