Nexus Program (Karralika Programs Inc.)

Provides a community-based residential transition program for men experiencing AOD problems.

Telephone: (02) 6185 1300 (1800 1 KARRA / 1800 1 52772)
Fax: (02) 6169 3200
Mailing Address: PO Box 2230, Tuggeranong ACT 2901
Email address:
Social media:
Parent organisation: Karralika Programs Inc.
Location: Confidential

Access Information

Maximum waiting time for service: 

  • Waiting time varies, support is provided to men waiting to enter the program

Pre-Treatment support:

  • Support is available while on the waiting list
  • Assessment
  • Counselling
  • Phone support
  • Information and advice
  • Case management
  • Active referrals and support to access other services

Target Group:

  • Adults
  • Men specific
  • Accepts both ACT and interstate residents, however ACT residents get priority

Documentation required:

  • Identification
  • Medicare Card
  • Concession Card
  • Other types of documentation may be required

When and how to access:

Operating hours: Program operating hours are 24 hours a day (7 days a week), office hours are 9am – 5pm (Monday – Friday). Program Provides Access to client support after hours (e.g. an emergency 24-hour on-call service is available to program participants)
Ways to access: By appointment and outreach
Referrals accepted from: Self, another service, GP, Courts, Police
Transport assistance available: Transport can be arranged for admission to program from ACT services and transport hubs. Taxi and transport available.
Other access information: Requirement to complete a withdrawal program.

Medication exclusions will be assessed on application for admission. Access will be refused to an intoxicated person. Access can be provided to people who are stable on a maintenance dose of opioid pharmacotherapy. For further information see


  • Assessments required
  • Over the phone
  • Face to face may be requested if ACT resident
  • Appointment required
  • Takes less that 1 hour

Specialist ATOD assessment includes:

  • Comprehensive alcohol, tobacco and other drug assessment
  • Comprehensive mental health history
  • Basic physical health & medical history
  • Social and family history
  • Domestic and family violence screening
  • Criminal and legal history
  • Risk assessment
  • Suicide Assessment Kit

Treatment Plan

  • An individualised treatment plan will be developed

Drug Testing

  • Drug testing is conducted as part of treatment; the tests are conducted in-house/on-site by program staff or conducted by pathology laboratories
  • Types of testing used include urine drug screening and breath alcohol concentration by Alcohol Breathalyzer

Admission Requirements for Residential Services Only

  • Searching of possessions
  • Confiscation and disposal of alcohol and other drugs
  • Confiscation and disposal of tobacco
  • Time and days available for admission depend upon waiting list and bed availability


Program type: Residential and aftercare program for males.

Model: Case Management, counselling and relapse prevention underpinned by Therapeutic Community principles

Duration and intensity: 3 to 6 months

Not able to consume alcohol or other drugs while in program: No alcohol or other non prescribed drugs to be consumed during program.

Philosophical approach: Therapeutic Community Principles including harm minimisation.

Additional program description: Provides a community-based halfway house offering a supported alcohol and drug free residential treatment environment including case management, counselling and group programs. Emphasis is placed on the achievement of personal treatment goals and the development of skills to avoid relapse, establishment of positive social relationships, development of practical living skills and investigation of/engagement in employment and career options. Recreational and creative activities are also incorporated as core components of the program.

Additional supports available:

  • Community and work orders
  • Vocational education (i.e. Assistance with access to education)
  • Support to access employment
  • Volunteering (i.e. Support to access volunteer placements)
  • Recreation and sport (i.e. Healthy lifestyle programs, creative activities and recreation programs)
  • Emergency relief
  • Brokerage
  • Living skills (i.e. Support to develop basic living skills)
  • Aftercare (i.e. Outreach support is provided)

Viral Hepatitis and Sexual Health Support

  • Referrals to access screening, treatment and ongoing monitoring for viral hepatitis with external providers,
  • Partnership with Hepatitis ACT
  • Referrals to access screening & treatment for sexually transmitted infections with external providers
  • Provides safe sex information

Aftercare and Exit of Service

  • Documented exit plan
  • Aftercare support available
  • Relapse prevention
  • Phone support
  • Links with community self-help groups
  • Active referrals and support to access other services
  • Counselling

Harm Reduction

  • Harm reduction drug education and strategies (i.e. safer injecting information)

Mental Health

  • Screen for mental health
  • Assessments include a mental health component
  • Suicide risk assessment
  • Relationships with Mental Health ACT (i.e. Maintaining joint management, consultation and liaison advice)
  • Staff have mental health training
  • Partnerships with mental health services
  • Mental health specialty staff: Mental Health Social Worker

Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander

  • Staff undertake Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural awareness training
  • Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander services in-reach
  • Support to access Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health Services

Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD)

  • Access to free interpreter services
  • Tools and resources in different languages
  • Staff undertake cultural awareness training

Tobacco Management

  • Smokefree
  • Screen for tobacco use
  • Provide tobacco brief interventions
  • Provide repeated or ongoing support and/or counselling for smoking cessation
  • Provide smoking cessation support groups
  • Provide access to subsidised or free nicotine replacement therapies including multiple types of NRT
  • Provide access to GPs/medical officers to prescribe NRT patches or other smoking cessation pharmacotherapies
  • Service has a workplace tobacco management policy


  • Program fees to be paid in advance
  • Support can be provided to access Centrelink and seek an exemption from requirement to be looking for work with Centrelink while engaged in program

Staff available

  • AOD Worker (Clinical)
  • Counsellor
  • Social Worker
  • Nurse
  • Manager
  • Clinical Director/Quality and Clinical Services Officer

Help for Families & Carers

  • Information, education and counselling offered to families and carers
  • Contact with family and carers while on program
  • Counselling for family and carers including support to access external services
  • Other types of help and support can be provided

Alexander Maconochie Centre

  • Referrals are accepted for people in the AMC including for people who are engaged in the Solaris Therapeutic Community

Other Information

  • Provides support letters for people to access Housing ACT
  • Preparation of reports for Care and Protection
  • Preparation of reports for Courts
  • Day and night leave provided for service consumers who have reached agreed milestones
  • Restoration planning for families with children involved with Child Protection systems

Last Updated on April 2019

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