Community and youth services

South West Community Alcohol and Drug Service

Our South West Community Alcohol and Drug Service (SWCADS) offers easily accessible counselling and support for people with drug and alcohol issues and their families free of charge.

We also provide consultation, shared case management, education and training for Western Australia’s south west communities.

We work closely with a range of services including mental health services, medical and other health professionals, corrective services, other human service providers and local community groups.

Since our inception in 1998, we have identified gaps within existing community services and developed initiatives to meet those needs, with funding provided by St John of God Health Care and the WA Government.


Our service provides a range of programs, targeting gaps in the community, including:

Aboriginal health

Our Aboriginal health workers develop culturally specific initiatives within the workplace and community to enhance healthcare delivery in a meaningful and respectful manner.

Alcohol and other drug management plans (Collie and Manjimup)

Our management plans aim to reduce the level of harmful alcohol and other drug use within Collie and Manjimup by actively supporting partnerships between community and service providers to identify and address local issues. In consultation with local community and local service providers, we have identified the following key priority areas for addressing alcohol and other drug related harms for action.

  1. Underage drinking and secondary supply
  2. Alcohol in sport and licenced venues
  3. Illicit drug use in the community.


We provide counselling for alcohol or other drug problems and to family or loved ones affected by substance use. The service is provided for free, using models of care based on motivation, interviewing and cognitive behavior therapy.

Court diversion program

We provide help and advice about drug use to people who have been advised by police they are required to attend counselling or go to court. Our diversion program assists people to address their drug use while they work through their legal issues. We offer a range of programs and referrals can be made via the court or the community.

Dual diagnosis program

We provide assessment, counselling and consulation to individuals and organisations about co-occurring mental health and alcohol and other drug issues. We provide collaborative interventions with local government and non-government organisations.

Education, training and consultation

We participate in community education events and provide up-to-date alcohol and other drug information and education relevant to the south west region.

headspace youth support

We provide consultation and counselling services at headspace Bunbury. We also provide assessment, counselling and referral for young people aged 14 and over at our Bunbury and outreach services.

Pharmacotherapy and counselling program

Medication assisted treatment for opioid dependence is a combination of medication (methadone or buprenorphine for substitution treatment, or naltrexone for relapse prevention treatment) and psychosocial support. Medication eliminates withdrawal, reduces cravings and blocks the euphoric effect of further opioid use. Psychosocial support helps improve psychological wellbeing, social environment and quality of life. Our assistance ranges from providing food and shelter to complex structured psychotherapy.

Suicide prevention

Our suicide prevention co-ordinators act as the central point of communication in relation to all local suicide-related issues. We support the implementation of the Suicide Prevention 2020 and guide the coordination of services and help establish a coordinated and effective post-intervention response. We also identify the need for suicide prevention training and, in partnership with appropriate training delivery organisations, coordinate, and deliver suicide prevention training programs.


  • Bunbury: Monday to Friday
  • Bridgetown: Wednesday
  • Manjimup: Monday and Tuesday
  • Collie: Tuesday
  • Harvey: Thursday
  • Busselton: Tuesday and Wednesday
  • Margaret River: Thursday


Please complete this referral form and fax to (08) 9721 8375 to refer a client.

Contact us

For further information about our services, email


You can seek further information and assistance for drug and alcohol issues through:

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