Wait timeNo or N/A (typically no waiting times)
After hours supportYes
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 groupAboriginal and Torres Strait Islander specific
Age range eligibilityUnder 18
18-25 year old
DocumentationNo referral required (i.e., can self-refer)
Referral from GP
Medication/Intoxication exclusionsNo 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 testingDrug testing not used or not applicable
Harm reduction initiativesProvides 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 durationThe program duration is variable, contact the service for more information
Treatment goalHarm reduction
Delivery modeDrop in, no appointment required
Outreach services available
Face to face support available
ACT and NSW residentsAccepts ACT residents
Accepts NSW residents
Cultural, diversity and vulnerable group capabilitiesLGBTIQA+
Culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD)
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
Domestic and Family Violence (DFV)
Disability accessAccessible lifts
Smoking cessation support availableNRT provided
Other smoking cessation support provided
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 supportHepatitis 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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