WRAD has determined there is a clear need for a local residential rehabilitation service. WRAD has the necessary skills, expertise, and standing in the community to address this issue and we have received strong support during local consultations. Other groups in the GSC, including the Western Victoria Primary Health Network, have also prioritised the need for a residential rehabilitation as part of their planning process.
We envisage a 20-bed facility in or near Warrnambool. It will be staffed 24 hours, 7 days a week. Clients will be housed in private bedrooms, and there will be a common room, recreation space, and counselling offices, in addition to kitchen and dining rooms and bathrooms. The grounds will include produce gardens to foster service sustainability and recreation facilities for skill development.
By establishing a residential rehabilitation centre, WRAD as the lead agency in the Great South Coast Drug Treatment Consortium, will add to the existing complement of alcohol and other drugs, other health and welfare services that strive to improve the lives of those in need of specialist care and support.
A Residential Rehabilitation Planning and Fundraising Committee includes local leaders with a strong track record of working to advance community well-being. The committee is chaired by Glenys Phillpot who is joined by Sue Cassidy, Tracey Kol, Matty Stewart, John Rantall and Greg Best.