Jarrah House Residential Treatment Facility for Women

About Jarrah House


Jarrah House's mission is to promote the empowerment, health and wellbeing of women and children by providing an effective and therapeutic residential drug and alcohol treatment service.
The Jarrah House program is built on the belief that women have the right to choose the ways in which they wish to make the desired changes in their lives.


To be the influential leader and premier provider of drug and alcohol treatment services, providing education and support, and advocating for change for women, children and the community.


In 1984, a conference was held in Sydney to develop strategies for improving services for women with drug and alcohol dependence problems. The conference gave resounding support for the construction of a specialist women's only detoxification unit, which also provided child care facilities.
As a result, WADAC - the Women's Alcohol and Drug Advisory Centre Trading as Jarrah House- was formed. An independent non-government organisation and registered charity, WADAC received funding to open Jarrah house in 1987 as part of the National Campaign Against Drug Abuse.
With some State Government funding, WADAC operated Jarrah House from the grounds of Canterbury Hospital for several years. It then moved to the Prince Henry hospital site at Little Bay. The new Jarrah House centre at Prince Henry was opened in mid-2005.
Jarrah House is now primarily funded by a combination of Commonwealth and State funding, together with small contribution from clients. However only 13 of our 24 beds are funded and we are always looking at ways to keep all our beds open.

Our Staff

Our CEO leads our team of professional women with a Clinical Manager,  Registered Nurses, Drug and Alcohol Counsellors, Social Workers, Child Care Workers, Admin support and an Art Therapist, all of whom have experience and training in substance use disorders. There is a diverse mix of specialisation, including mental health, early childhood, family therapy, women's health, psychology, education (child and adult), and Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT). Members of team come from a broad range of backgrounds which gives the Jarrah House workforce a depth, richness and high level of competence. Plus we are able to offer additional weekly services such as Yogn and Music therapy.

Aftercare Support Group

The Aftercare Support Group is an alumnus group for women who have completed the Jarrah House program for substance use issues.
To access Jarrah House programs, please contact us on (02) 9661 6555.

Annual Report


Click here for our lastest (2018) Annual Report in PDF format

Click here for our 2017 Annual Report in PDF format

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