The Connection

Provides a peer based support and education services for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people and their friends and family

Shop 17 Churches Centre, 54 Benjamin Way, Belconnen , Canberra ACT 2616 Australia

Operating hours

10:00 am - 4:00 pm
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Wait time

No or N/A (typically no waiting times)

After hours support



The Connection aims to reduce the harms associated with alcohol and other drugs with a focus on illicit and/or injecting drug use. The Connection is a peer based service, run by and for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The service focuses on the needs of the Indigenous community in the ACT. The Connection aims to empower people to gain control of their health and wellbeing by providing culturally secure peer treatment support and case management services. Additionally, The Connection runs Indigenous groups focusing on consulting with local community and helping address identified needs.

The Connection runs across all programs of the Canberra Alliance for Harm Minimisation and Advocacy (CAHMA) ensuring local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people can access culturally safe and secure services within CAHMA and the healthcare sector.

(See the CAHMA website or click on the Other Information tab for more details.)

Target group

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander specific

Age range eligibility

Under 18
18-25 year old
26 +


No referral required (i.e., can self-refer)
Referral from GP

Medication/Intoxication exclusions

No exclusions, i.e. the a low threshold service able to see people whether they have used drugs or not, people can attend whilst on medication or going through withdrawal or while Opioid Management Therapy

Use of drug testing

Drug testing not used or not applicable

Treatment type


Harm reduction initiatives

Provides alcohol tobacco or other drug education sessions (e.g., harm reduction strategies, safer injecting information)
Provide Naloxone and/or overdose prevention education
Provide peer interventions

Treatment duration

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

Treatment goal

Harm reduction

Delivery mode

Drop in, no appointment required
Outreach services available
Face to face support 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
Domestic and Family Violence (DFV)

Disability access

Accessible lifts
Accessible doorways

Phones permitted


Smoking permitted


Smoking cessation support available

NRT provided
Other smoking cessation support provided


No fees

Additional program description

The Connection service works to support people to navigate both alcohol, tobacco and other drug (ATOD) and social services. The Connection will support people through issues such as: probation and parole, Centerlink, housing, Child and Youth Protection Services, pharmacotherapy (methadone, suboxone, Buvidal), rehabilitation/detox, etc.

The Connection provides Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peer based support, advocacy and education. A peer based harm reduction model is adopted and the duration of support is one-off or ongoing based on clients needs. Although primarily focused on people who inject drugs, The Connection provides information and support on all types of drugs and drug use.

See the CAHMA website for a full list of activities that The Connection supports. The Connection  can offer outreach to a number of services.

Additional program services or support

Hepatitis screening/treatment/vaccinations available
STI screening/treatment/vaccinations available
Access to mental health screening/assessments/support available
Additional supports available, contact service for more information
Organisation website provides details and more information
Other program services or supports: - Provides support letters for people to access Housing ACT
Other program services or supports: - Provides support for people transitioning from the Alexander Maconochie Centre to community services
Other program services or supports: - Information is offered to family/carers
Other program services or supports: - Alcohol and Other Drug Indigenous Peer Support Workers
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1800 250 015

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