Vision – Values – Purpose

Palmerston Association is a leading and respected specialist not for profit provider of alcohol and other drug services in Western Australia. Operating since 1980, Palmerston strives for excellence in service through support to individuals, families and communities affected by alcohol and other drug issues. A range of services including counselling, family support, group work, outreach, residential rehabilitation and educational initiatives in the community are offered. We operate from a number of locations throughout the metropolitan and Great Southern regions including the South Metro Community Alcohol and Drug Service (Fremantle, Rockingham and Mandurah), South East Metro Community Alcohol and Drug Service (Thornlie and Armadale), the Great Southern Community Alcohol and Drug Service (Albany and Katanning), Palmerston Perth (Northbridge), Palmerston Farm Therapeutic Community (Wellard) and Beela Valley Therapeutic Community (South West).

Palmerston also offers the Solid Steps program at Casuarina Prison. The program supports men to break the cycle of addiction to alcohol and other drugs (AOD) within a modified therapeutic community environment. Additionally Palmerston offers the Connect Wanju (Connect and Welcome) program through the General Court Intervention Program within the Perth Metro, aiming to improve access to treatment and support services for accused persons within the court system through connecting people to opportunities for long term change. Both of these services are offered in partnership with Wungening Aboriginal Corporation.

In June 2023, Palmerston was awarded the contract for the Reintegration program at Bunbury Prison in partnership with the South West Aboriginal Medical Service. The STEPS program is designed to achieve a positive, prosocial, recovery-orientated culture and service, where people leaving prison are well supported to transition back into the community, therefore, reducing the risk of recidivism, protecting the community from crime and anti-social behaviour, and reconnecting individuals to family, culture, and community.

Core services at Palmerston includes:

  • early intervention supporting individuals, families and the community
  • counselling and group work for people experiencing alcohol or other drug problems
  • family support for those experiencing difficulties with a family member’s drug use
  • groups specifically designed for women, men, young people, parents or families
  • education and training for other service providers, client groups, and the general community
  • support and consultation to the local community and organisations such as schools, community groups, other service providers and private enterprise
  • outreach counselling for youth
  • an integrated service with the WA Health Department ‘Next Step’ program offering pharmacotherapy services
  • needle and syringe exchange program
  • residential rehabilitation services.

OUR
VISION

To be recognised as a
bold and leading addiction,
health and wellbeing service
that improves lives.

OUR
FUNDAMENTAL
PURPOSE

To positively impact the
lives of people, families and
communities affected by
alcohol and other drugs

OUR
DRIVING
VALUES

Compassion (Koort-ni)
Connection (Moort-ak)
Acceptance (Ngala-k Kjinang noonook – We see you)
Respect (Kunyah)
Excellence in Service (Moorditj Kaatadjin

Towards 2026 is a bold, exciting strategic plan, where Palmerston continues to build upon our strong foundation and reputation for service excellence, to grow the reach of our services and to increase our impact within the communities in which we work.