Palmerston Association in partnership with South West Aboriginal Medical Service (SWAMS) have been successful in the competitive tender to deliver Alcohol and Other Drug Reintegration Services at Bunbury Regional Prison.

The partnership between Palmerston Association and SWAMS integrates the best of residential and community based, locally led alcohol and other drug, mental health, primary healthcare, psychosocial and culturally safe treatment and support services.  Together, we will offer the people we work with and their extended families in the South West Boojarah and Gnaala Karla Boodja (South West Region) the following:

  • A strong innovative culturally safe collaboration between two agencies with proven capability and capacity in providing evidence based associated alcohol and other drug, mental health care, psychosocial and primary health treatment
  • Models of care where culture is embedded and central to the way we work with people and their families and communities
  • Person centred holistic practice based on supporting a sense of wellbeing and capacity to facilitate healing

Lead agency, Palmerston’s CEO Emma Jarvis said; “I am proud to work with SWAMS and we are committed to working in a culturally safe and holistic way, to get better outcomes for program participants and their families as they address their alcohol and other drug needs, work on their recovery goals and transition back into the community after their time in prison”.

Lesley Nelson, CEO of SWAMS said; “For several years SWAMS has been helping Aboriginal people who are released from prison, supporting them to reintegrate back into society and community. This new partnership gives people in prison support starting prior to their release and continues with post care coordination. This will provide more consistent healthcare, addressing any alcohol and other drug concerns, mental health care, psychosocial and primary health needs. These services will contribute to health improvements for people and their families in addition to the services we already provide to the wider Aboriginal community. We anticipate the program will reduce incarceration rates in the longer term by providing targeted support plans.”

Palmerston Association

Established in 1980, Palmerston has over 42 years of experience, developing a strong reputation for delivering evidence based alcohol and other drug (AOD) services and related programs. Palmerston provides a range of culturally safe services to individuals, families and communities treating comorbid AOD and mental health problems through counselling, family support, group work, outreach, educational initiatives and adult residential rehabilitation. This includes delivering existing AOD justice programs in Perth metropolitan and the Great Southern Region.

South West Aboriginal Medical Service (SWAMS)

SWAMS is an Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation established in 1997 and delivers comprehensive primary health care services to Aboriginal people living in the South West, Great Southern and the Wheatbelt.

SWAMS’ mission is to provide healthcare to Aboriginal people in a way that reflects self-determination and advances our overall health status. We do this through several services and programs.

Contact Emma Jarvis, CEO, Palmerston on or Andrea Hartley, Communications Coordinator, SWAMS on 0400 602 936 for further information.

Pictured above: Palmerston CEO Emma Jarvis with SWAMS CEO Lesley Nelson.