WRAD began as a community steering group in 1983 determined to provide better services for people with alcohol and drug (AOD) problems in south-west Victoria. Since the centre opened in 1986, WRAD has broadened its base to provide diverse services to meet the multiple needs of people with AOD problems.
The WRAD Centre is a not-for-profit organisation that operates within a community-based management model. An elected Committee of Management is responsible to provide services in accordance with relevant legislation, service guidelines and funding agreements.
The philosophy of harm minimisation underpins the delivery of all programs offered by WRAD. People and their problems are viewed holistically, and WRAD staff work collaboratively with other health-related professionals and organisations to best meet the needs of clients and their families.
In 2014 the WRAD Centre was renamed to honour a major benefactor and to reflect its growing range of medical services. WRAD is now incorporated in the Handbury Medical Suites, named in honour of Dr Geoff Handbury, AO, WRAD’s most charitable benefactor and one of Western Victoria’s most generous philanthropists.