Aboriginal Withdrawal Unit

The Aboriginal Withdrawal Unit is part of Next Step’s inpatient withdrawal unit and provides medically supervised drug and alcohol withdrawal for Aboriginal people in a culturally secure environment. Generally withdrawal involves a 7 day admission.

The unit is staffed by nurses and Aboriginal health workers. There is 24/7 medical cover with doctors on site Monday to Friday and available on call after hours.

Services include:

  • Assistance from specialist medical and nursing staff during the withdrawal process
  • One-to-one support, yarning, life skills and group activities
  • Liaison with and referral to residential rehabilitation agencies and other services as required
  • Assistance with and referral to financial, social and health support services

All services are confidential and free.

How to access this service?

You can be referred by a Community Alcohol and Drug Service, other drug and alcohol treatment service, or a healthcare provider (including a hospital, mental health service, Wungening Aboriginal Corporation, Aboriginal Medical Services (AMS) and other Aboriginal community controlled health services).

If you require an admission please contact your local Community Alcohol and Drug Service or the Alcohol and Drug Support Line for assistance.

For more information download the Aboriginal Withdrawal Unit brochure and the Next Step Inpatient Withdrawal Unit Client Admission Information Brochure

Other support and treatment
There are a number of different services available to Aboriginal people seeking help to address drug and alcohol issues.
For assistance and information about these support and treatment options call:

Wungening Aboriginal Corporation (formerly Aboriginal Alcohol and Drug Service)
Phone: (08) 9221 1411

or the Alcohol and Drug Support Line
Phone: (08) 94425000
Country callers only: 1800 198 024 


Phone (08) 9219 1819

Availability Contact the Clinical Nurse Specialist on this number for referrals