Palmerston Therapeutic Community (The Farm)
Palmerston Farm is a Therapeutic Community offering a residential rehabilitation program designed for people over 18 years old wishing to address their substance issues. The core program is 14 weeks, with residents having the opportunity to remain in the Therapeutic Community for up to one year.
The Therapeutic Community is located on a 10 acre property 30 minutes south of Perth. It offers 29 residential places for men and women and transitional housing for three graduates of the program. The farm property offers a semi rural environment for clients.
The Therapeutic Community
The Therapeutic Community provides a safe drug and alcohol free environment that offers residents the opportunity to make the positive changes they want to make in their life. This is accomplished through personal growth within a community of concerned people working together to help themselves and one another.
The TC Program
The aim of the program is to provide a safe environment, to encourage a sense of purpose in life and to foster a natural desire for personal growth, self-knowledge and self responsibility.
We believe this personal development enables residents to instigate and maintain the changes required to face the challenges of effective everyday living. Mindful of these goals, our program contains various components, including:
Palmerston Perth offers a wide range of services to the community.
The family program provides opportunities for individual and group counselling for families and friends affected by drug or alcohol use. Families receive peer support and are offered information and techniques to improve communication skills and coping strategies.
Court Diversion Program:
The diversion program is designed to assist clients who are involved in the court system and Drug Court.
The diversion program offers:
Assessment for entry into the Therapeutic Community Program:
South Metropolitan Community Drug Service(Fremantle – Rockingham – Mandurah)
The integrated South Metro Community Drug Service was developed through a partnership between Palmerston and Next Step (Drug and Alcohol Office). The new, streamlined service aims to provide individuals and their families with improved access to a more comprehensive range of alcohol and other drug services from one location. Palmerston provides counselling and support for individuals and their families. Next Step provides medical and psychological services.
Services provided include:
In addition, St John of God Hospital Subiaco’s Drug & Alcohol Withdrawal Network (DAWN) is available at most locations to assist people to manage their withdrawal from alcohol/drug use in the home environment. DAWN’s experienced nurses work closely with the client’s doctor and provide regular visits during withdrawal.
Great Southern Community Drug Service Team(Albany – Denmark – Katanning – with a community based centre in Mt Barker and regular weekly services in Walpole and Gnowangerup)
The Great Southern Community Drug Service Team is based in Albany. We cover a large area in the Great Southern Region from Walpole to Bremer Bay, and north to Kojonup, Katanning and Lake Grace as well as many places in between. We have offices in Denmark, Katanning, Mt Barker and Albany.
The GSCDST provides a wide range of services including:
Our staff team includes specialist alcohol and drug counsellors, psychologists, social workers, nurses, childcare worker and indigenous workers. As a team we have a wealth of experience in areas such as:
"Thank-you for the experience and the challenges, it has changed me for the better. I have become trustable and stable in all aspects towards myself and others. I learnt to put boundaries in place to guide myself towards my long-term goals. There is so much to learn here at the farm.”