Althea Wellness Centre

Provides primary health care for people impacted by alcohol, tobacco and other drug issues

Level 6, Cosmopolitan Centre, Woden Square, Woden ACT 2605 Australia

Operating hours

9:00 am - 5:00 pm
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Wait time

Yes, there are typically waiting times however pre-treatment support is available (contact the service for more information)

After hours support



Operated by Directions Health Services, the Althea Wellness Centre provides multidisciplinary and person centred primary care for individuals and their families who experience issues with alcohol, tobacco and other drugs (ATOD). Access to nursing, medical and psychological services is available. Primary health care services include diagnosis and treatment of acute health problems; immunisation; chronic disease management and care plan; wound management and dressings; vein care; psychological services; health promotion, coaching and support; adult health check; quit smoking support, and dental referral. Secondary health care is also offered which can involve more specialised care.

Age range eligibility

18-25 year old
26 +


No referral required (i.e., can self-refer)
Referral from GP
Referral other: Referrals accepted from self, friends/family (with permission of service users), courts, police, other services etc.
Other useful documentation: If available service users to provide Medicare card, concession card, prescriptions and other relevant health records.

Use of drug testing

Drug testing not used or not applicable

Treatment type

Specialist ATOD primary health care

Harm reduction initiatives

Provide Naloxone and/or overdose prevention education

Treatment duration

The program duration is variable, contact the service for more information

Treatment goal

Harm reduction

Delivery mode

Appointment required
Outreach services available
Initial assessment: Specialist ATOD assessments are undertaken and can include comprehensive alcohol, tobacco and other drug history; mental, physical, medical, social and family history; domestic and family violence screening, risk assessment, criminal and legal history. Note: all new Althea Wellness Centre service users complete a comprehensive health assessment with a practice nurse prior to seeing a General Practitioner.

Public transport support available

Bus tickets available

ACT and NSW residents

Accepts ACT residents
Accepts NSW residents

Cultural, diversity and vulnerable group capabilities

Culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD)
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander

Disability access

Accessible toilets
Accessible lifts
Accessible doorways
Accessible parking
Access to interpreter services

Phones permitted


Smoking permitted



No fees

Additional program description

Other program services or supports:

  • Provides on-site integrated screening and treatment for viral hepatitis
  • Supports people with advanced liver disease to access ongoing liver monitoring support through external organisations
  • Referrals to access screening, treatment and ongoing monitoring for viral hepatitis with external providers
  • Provides on-site screening and treatment for STI
  • Referrals to access screening & treatment for sexually transmitted infections with external providers
  • Provides safe sec information (e.g. brief advise or provision of info, condoms)
  • Provides on site Human Papillomavirus Vaccines (HPV)
  • Partnerships with hepatitis and sexual health organisations
  • Relapse prevention
  • Links with community self-help groups
  • Active referrals and support to access other services
  • Integration with Directions Health Treatment Support Service Program, Arcadia House and other services
  • Opioid overdose prevention and education sessions
  • Provides access to Naloxone script through a GP appointment
  • Subsidised access to naloxone available on a case by case basis
  • Provides support letters for people to access Housing ACT
  • Preparation of reports for Child and Youth Protection Services
  • Preparation of reports for Courts

Contact us on social media: @DirectionsAOD on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Additional program services or support

Hepatitis screening/treatment/vaccinations available
STI screening/treatment/vaccinations available
Provides access to vaccinations (other i.e., COVID 19)
Aftercare available
Access to mental health screening/assessments/support available
Additional supports available, contact service for more information
Organisation website provides details and more information
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Are you in crisis?

In an Emergency call 000. Additional crisis supports are available.

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National Alcohol and Other Drug Hotline

1800 250 015

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Are you from interstate?

The National Alcohol and Other Drug Hotline automatically directs you to the Alcohol and Drug Information Service in your State or Territory

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