Dunlea Alcohol and Other Drugs Youth Service

October 27, 2020

Young people at risk are often alienated from their family school and community. This makes it harder to deal with substance abuse issues. We can help.

Dunlea Alcohol and Other Drugs Youth Service helps young people aged 13-19 who want to take control of their drug use.

Some young people come to Dunlea when they find themselves using marijuana on weekends or are caught up in binge drinking cycles. Other young people who use our service might have been injecting heroin for prolonged periods, or may be living with mental illnesses as a result of or addition to their substance abuse.

Regardless of the young person’s relationship with alcohol and other drugs, our client-centered approach means we work to fit with the young person and their individual needs.

Where we start

When a young person is referred to Dunlea, our drug and alcohol workers conduct an initial assessment. Often this first meeting is an opportunity for staff to provide information about harm minimization and to gauge the young person’s relationship with alcohol and other drugs.

Our drug and alcohol workers will assess how they might approach case-management for the young person. Once the assigned case manager has met with the young person, a judgment of suitability to attend our Wednesday Day Program will be made, and an invitation extended to the young person if found suitable.

If the young person is outside of our age bracket, or are found to be better fitted to an alternate program, Dunlea will support the individual in making a referral to a service that is better suited to cater to their needs.

Family support

When a young person is dealing with drug and alcohol problems, their families often need support too. Our family caseworker can provide individual and group support to the families of participants, supporting them to support their young person.

Our counsellor 

Our qualified counsellor is available to all young people involved with the Dunlea program.

Counselling sessions are scheduled to suit the needs of the individual client, occurring weekly or more prolonged, depending on the young person.

If other commitments prevent young people from attending appointments outside of the Wednesday Day Program, our counsellor can organize for sessions within the Day Program, upon request.

Dunlea has referral pathways to psychiatrists and health services for young people who require intensive support.

Dunlea in the community

Schools and community support programs are available upon request. Dunlea’s staff are always happy and available to discuss youth alcohol and other drug related issues with members of the community.

The community helps us too. We work with a roster of regular community volunteers to provide recreational activities for young people in the program.

Dunlea has been accredited by the Australian Council of Health Care Standards and is funded by the Department of Health, through WentWest.

Do you think you could benefit from dunlea?

If you or someone you know needs drug and alcohol support, contact us at Dunlea Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm.

T: 02 9721 5714


Important Links

Download our Dunlea flyer here.

The Ministry of Health have launched a series of videos about drug use and the developing brain targeted at young people. The three animated videos are designed to provide credible, accessible and relevant information so young people can better understand the risk of brain related harm from substance use.

Prescription Drugs – an Ongoing Issue.

Ice and the Ongoing Battle of Addiction



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