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.


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 staff consists of Registered Nurses, Drug and Alcohol Counsellors, Social Workers and Child Care Workers 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, early childhood education, and Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT). Members of staff come from a broad range of backgrounds which gives the Jarrah House workforce a depth, richness and high level of competence. A Yoga Instructor volunteers her services for a weekly class.

Aftercare Support Group

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

Your donation will help us improve the lives of women, their children, families and the community.

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