Drug and Alcohol Program (Gugan Gulwan Youth Aboriginal Corporation)

Provides ATOD information, support, advocacy, case management and court support for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 12 – 25 years.

Telephone: (02) 6296 8900
Fax: (02) 6231 9933
Mailing Address: PO Box 307, Erindale Centre, Wanniassa ACT 2903
Email address: enquiries@gugan-gulwan.com.au
Website: www.gugan-gulwan.com.au/services/4-drug-and-alcohol
Location: 36 Grattan Court, Wanniassa ACT 2903

Access Information

Maximum waiting time for service: 

  • No waiting time

Target Group:

  • Young people aged 12-25 years old
  • Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander young people get priority

Documentation required:

  • No documentation required

When and how to access:
Operating hours: Program operating hours are 9am – 5pm (Monday – Friday), office hours are 9am – 5pm (Monday – Friday)
Ways to access: Drop in, no appointment required, home visits and outreach
Disability access: Accessible toilets, doorways and parking
Referrals accepted from: Self, friend/family, another service, GP, Courts, Police
Other access information: Phone support can be provided, however people will not be allowed on the premises while intoxicated


  • Over the phone
  • Face to face
  • Appointment required
  • Takes less than 1 hour
  • Includes alcohol, tobacco and other drug assessment
  • Includes mental health assessment

*Assessments can be provided but are not required to access all supports


Program type: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Specific ATOD Youth Support

Duration and intensity: No set duration

Philosophical approach: Harm minimisation

Additional program description: Provides a wide range of support services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people and their families, a component of which is the Drug and Alcohol Program. Provides information, support, referral, advocacy, education, and full case management. Outreach and court support are also available.

A Street Beat program operates for 4 hour patrols between the hours of 6pm – 3am Friday nights providing outreach with a focus on harmful drinking, sexual health and smoking cessation and reduction.

Mental Health

  • Assessments include a mental health component
  • Relationships with Mental Health ACT: consultation and liaison advice

Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander

  • Services designed and delivered specifically for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people

Tobacco Management

  • Designated smoking area
  • Service has a tobacco management policy


No cost

Staff available

  • ATOD Worker (Non-clinical)

Help for Families & Carers

  • Information and education offered to families and carers
  • Contact with family and carers while on program
  • Case management

Alexander Maconochie Centre 

  • Information and education (on a needs basis Tuesday mornings)
  • Referrals (i.e. Mental Health ACT liaison)

Bimberi Youth Justice Centre

  • Groups (i.e. Cultural Arts for Therapy Program)
  • Information and education

Other Information

  • Provide support letters for people to access Housing ACT

Last Updated on April 2019

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