The WRAD Centre seeks to provide comprehensive, holistic support and treatment to individuals and others affected by addictive behaviors and associated issues. The philosophy of harm minimisation underpins the delivery of all programs offered by WRAD.
More details on each of these programs is available from the WRAD Centre on 1300 009 723.
Addiction Medicine Training Programs
WRAD aims to strengthen the AOD capacity of the Victorian medical workforce by offering special training opportunities for GPs. WRAD is registered as a Special Skills Training Post for rural GP registrars.
Health Promotion Campaigns
WRAD promotes awareness campaigns such as National Drug Awareness Week, Rural Health Week, and, where possible, translates the theme locally into action.
The Brief Intervention program is a time-limited counselling and information session with an experienced health professional to look at yours or a loved ones use of substances and based in GP clinics.
The Primary Health Network in partnership with WRAD has an alcohol & other drug clinician attending two medical clinics in Warrnambool on set days to deliver a range of strategies including screening, brief advice, referral to specialist support, counselling and motivational interviewing around substance use. These strategies are delivered to people with mild to moderate levels of substance use issues that may not usually present or require attending the WRAD service and their needs can be managed within the primary care setting.
WRAD provides a range of Quit smoking information and offers smoking cessation through individual counselling sessions.
The outreach arm of WRAD addresses client’s needs in their most private environment: their home. The program offers supported accommodation to help people with alcohol or other drug problems post treatment who may be at risk of homelessness, to achieve lasting change and assist their reintegration into community living.
Needle and syringe programs provide drug use consumables and safe needle disposals. Information, advice and referral services are also offered.
WARP – Warrnambool Active Recovery Program
Tuesdays 10:30am-12pm WRAD ask at reception for the WARP group.
This is a peer led group for people with lived experience of harmful alcohol and/or drug use. It aims to provide peer support, social connection and learning from lived experience with in a safe group enviroment. The group is facilitated by a peer worker with lived experience of harmful drug and/or alcohol use. Share your story for positive change, for yourself and others.
Consumer Participation Program
The WRAD Consumer & Carer Participation Advisory Group is current (or recent past) consumers and carers who are paid sitting fees to advise WRAD Leadership Committee about issues of importance to consumers and carers, including policy and service development, implementation and evaluation. Ideally, at any one time the Consumer & Carer Participation Advisory Group membership will include consumers and carers of WRAD alcohol and other drug (AOD) services, dual diagnosis services and youth AOD services.