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Aboriginal Withdrawal Unit (Next Step Inpatient Withdrawal Unit)



This service is provided by the Mental Health Commission of West Australian as part of Next Step's Inpatient Withdrawal Unit.

The unit provides medically supervised withdrawal from alcohol, opioids, amphetamines and other drugs for Aboriginal people in a culturally secure environment. The unit is staffed by nurses and Aboriginal Health Workers. Doctors are on site Monday to Friday and available on call after hours.

Services include:

Admission to the service is through referral from an alcohol and other drug treatment service or though a health service (including a hospital, mental health service, Aboriginal Drug and Alcohol Service (AADS), Aboriginal Medical Services (AMS) and other Aboriginal community controlled health service).

All services are confidential and free.

Abstract adapted from Mental Health Commission of Western Australia


32 Moore Street
East Perth WA 6004
Ph: (08) 9219 1919
Fax: (08) 9219 1885
PO Box 126
Mt Lawley WA 6929

Related publications

Aboriginal Withdrawal Unit (2016)

Mental Health Commission

This brochure outlines services available through the Aboriginal Withdrawal Unit; a culturally secure, residential program in Western Australia which supports the client to address the impact alcohol and other drug use has had on their life.

Information is provided on the facilities, support services, referral processes and contact details for the program.

The Aboriginal Withdrawal Unit is part of Next Step's inpatient withdrawal unit. 

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract


Last updated: 26 July 2017
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