Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Services (Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health Service)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community-controlled primary healthcare which includes clinical and non-clinical interventions for drug and alcohol issues.

Telephone: (02) 6284 6222
Fax: (02) 6284 6200
Mailing Address: 63 Boolimba Cres, Narrabundah ACT 2604
Email address:
Location: 63 Boolimba Cres, Narrabundah ACT 2604
Parent organisation: Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health Service

Access Information

Maximum waiting time for service: 

  • No waiting period

Target Group:

  • Men, women and couples (including same sex couples) and with accompanying children
  • Accepts both ACT and interstate residents
  • Priority given to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people

Documentation required:

  • Medicare Card
  • Concession Card (if applicable)

When and how to access:
Operating hours: Program and office operating hours are 9am – 5pm (Monday – Friday)
Ways to access: Drop in, no appointment required
Disability access: Accessible toilets, doorways and parking.
Referrals accepted from: No referral required
Other access information: Support can be provided to people who are intoxicated


  • Face to face
  • Over the phone
  • No appointment required
  • Includes alcohol, tobacco and other drug assessment
  • Includes mental health assessment
  • Includes physical health assessment


Program type:  Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community-controlled primary healthcare including drug and alcohol clinical and non-clinical services

Model: Harm minimisation

Duration and intensity: Varies from single session to ongoing support

Not able to consume alcohol or other drugs while in program: Not able to consume alcohol or other drugs on site

Philosophical approach: Community-controlled, holistic, primary healthcare

Additional program description: Services include primary health care, counselling, advocacy, community education, pharmacotherapy prescription, groups, referrals and support to people accessing alcohol and drug treatment programs.  The Drug and Alcohol Team works closely with other Winnunga Nimmityjah staff to ensure holistic service provision.
Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health Service also provides:

Road to Recovery Program: 6-week yarning and information program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people experiencing drug and alcohol problems accessing the Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health Service facilitated by the Drug and Alcohol Team.

No More Boondah: A weekly one hour smoking cessation and reduction support group. Also provides phone support, outreach and follow up. Sessions are held on Thursdays at 11am.

Needle and Syringe Program: Open during business hours and a syringe vending machine is also available 24h onsite.

Opioid Maintenance Treatment: Prescribing and has a dedicated alcohol and other drug nurse to work with Opioid Maintenance Therapy clients.

Mental Health

  • Screening for mental health
  • Assessment include a mental health component
  • Suicide risk assessment
  • Relationships with Mental Health ACT (i.e. Maintaining joint management and consultation with Mental Health ACT)
  • Staff have mental health training
  • Partnerships with mental health services
  • Mental health in-reach to service
  • Mental health specialist staff (i.e. Psychiatrist, psychologist, dual diagnosis health worker, mental health nurse, tobacco action workers, social and emotional wellbeing workers)

Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander

  • Program designed and delivered specifically for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people
  • Staff undertake Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander awareness training
  • Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander staff

Culturally and Linguistically Diverse

  • Staff undertake cultural awareness training

Tobacco Management

  • Smokefree
  • Screen for tobacco use
  • Provide tobacco use
  • Provide tobacco brief interventions
  • Provide repeated or ongoing support and/or counselling for smoking cessation
  • Provide smoking cessation support groups (i.e. No More Boondah every Thursday at Winnunga at 11am)
  • Provide access to subsidised or free nicotine replacement therapies (i.e. Through PBS and Close the Gap)
  • Provide access to GPs/medical officers to prescribe NRT patches or other smoking cessation pharmacotherapies
  • Nicotine pharmacotherapy provided
  • Service has a workplace tobacco management policy


No cost

Others: Support can be provided to access Centrelink

Staff available

  • ATOD Worker (Clinical and non-clinical)
  • Nurse
  • Psychologist
  • Clinical psychologist
  • Psychiatrist
  • Social worker
  • General Practitioner
  • Addiction Medicine Specialist
  • Smoking cessation worker
  • Other medical practitioner
  • Counsellor

Help for Families & Carers

  • Information, education and counselling offered to families and carers

Alexander Maconochie Centre

  • Counselling, information and education groups
  • Specific smoking cessation supports
  • Throughcare services to support people to transition from the AMC into community services
  • A GP and Aboriginal Health Worker provide primary health care to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the AMC through the Hume Health Centre, including support regarding opioid maintenance treatment.

Bimberi Youth Justice Centre

  • Counselling, information and education (i.e. Harm Reduction Assessment Groups)
  • Specific smoking cessation supports
  • Aboriginal Health Worker provides primary health care to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Bimberi through monthly Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Clinic.
  • Groups (i.e. sporting activities)

Other Information

  • May provides support letters for people to access Housing ACT

Last Update on September 2016