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Aboriginal drug and alcohol services and programs

Aboriginal Connection Program

The Aboriginal Connection Program is a dedicated alcohol and other drug treatment service for Aboriginal people living within or frequenting the inner city area of Adelaide. The program can also assist Aboriginal people who are vulnerable, homeless or at risk of homelessness with: 

  • Substance misuse assessment regarding alcohol, tobacco and other drugs 
  • Referrals to services for homelessness and mental health issues
  • Assistance in connecting clients with relevant support services.

The program provides

  • Privacy and confidentiality

  • Services provided in a culturally appropriate manner
  • Case workers who are flexible and responsive to individual needs.

Referrals to the Aboriginal Connection Program may be accepted for consideration if the client is assessed and meets the criteria for a multi-agency intervention through the Adelaide Zero Project – Inner City Community of Practice initiative meeting.

Contact details

  • Opening hours: Monday to Friday 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
  • Contact number: 0435 960 984
  • After-hours contact: Alcohol and Drug Information Service 1300 13 1340
  • Email: HealthDASSAACP@sa.gov.au


Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands (APY Lands) Substance Misuse Service

The APY Lands Substance Misuse Service provides a range of treatment programs for Anangu who live or come from the APY Lands who are experiencing problems caused by substance misuse. The service provides assessment and treatment for people who misuse petrol, alcohol, cannabis and other substances.

While some people self-refer, other referrals come from the community and government and non-government community services.

The program model is based on evidence of what has worked elsewhere in other drug and alcohol programs, particularly in Aboriginal populations.

Contact details

DASSA Assertive Outreach Program
PMB 107 via Alice Springs 0872
Northern Territory

  • Telephone:   (08) 8955 8354
  • Fax:               (08) 8955 8354
  • Email:           HealthDASSAAPY@sa.gov.au


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