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Benelong's Haven Family Rehabilitation Centre



Benelong's Haven Family Rehabilitation Centre was established in 1974 and offers a residential treatment service for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples with a dependence on alcohol or other drugs.

The Centre addresses client's physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs, therefore encouraging them to re-enter life. This is accomplished by providing a caring environment conducive to meeting those needs. It also provides an alternative to jail for young Aboriginal people.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract


Benelong's Haven Family Rehabilitation Centre
2054 South West Rocks Road
Kinchela Creek
Kempsey NSW 2440
Ph: (02) 6567 4880
Fax: (02) 6567 4932

Related publications

Bryant V (1978)

Benelong's haven.

Aboriginal News; 3(3): 16-17

Chenhall RD (2007)

Benelong's Haven: recovery from alcohol and drug abuse within an Aboriginal Australian residential treatment centre.

Carlton, VIC: Melbourne University Press

Benelong's Haven was the first residential alcohol and drug treatment program controlled and operated by an Aboriginal Australian. It was established by Val Bryant who had previously worked with Aboriginal alcoholics as a field officer with the Department of Aboriginal Affairs. The author of the book, anthropologist, Richard Chenhall, at the invitation of Val Bryant, undertook fieldwork at the centre in Kinchela Creek, NSW, observing and participating in the activities and getting to know staff and residents. The book examines, at the ethnographic level, ways in which individuals are shaped by, and interact within, the larger structures and social institutions that surround them and documents Aboriginal people trying to achieve change in their lives.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

MacQueen R (2010)

Benelong's Haven: recovery from alcohol and drug abuse within an Aboriginal Australian residential treatment centre: book review.

Drug and Alcohol Review; 29(1): 112-113


Last updated: 17 October 2017
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