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Support services in the Ceduna region


Residents of the Ceduna region now have access to more support services to assist with addiction issues, domestic violence, mental health and financial management.
The Australian Government has invested more than $1million in new and existing support services as part of the Cashless Debit Card Trial.
 Community-based mental health support  
Through A Better Life (ABLe), Centacare Ceduna provides one-to-one help for people with mental illness, including substance misuse and/or problem gambling. People are supported to:
  • address issues that trigger episodes of illness or exacerbate their conditions
  • access, and keep appointments with, a wide range of services, including clinical mental health services, drug and alcohol rehabilitation services, and financial counselling services
  • improve their general health and wellbeing through better relationships with friends and family, and improved social and economic participation.
Services are free of charge and Cashless Debit Card Trial participants are prioritised for support. To complement delivery of ABLe services, the Australian Government has funded free public WiFi in the Ceduna region, allowing 24/7 access to a wide range of web-based mental health services, phone counselling, and emergency and crisis support.
Contact: Centacare Catholic Family Services Country SA , 11 McKenzie Street, Ceduna.  Mon – Fri 9am-5pm or call (08) 8628 7600.
Domestic violence support through the Family Violence Legal Service (FVLS) Aboriginal Corporation. People can access legal help, sexual assault counselling and child protection support in Ceduna and outlying communities. The FVLS will also provide 10 family violence workshops across the region during the trial.
Contact: Ceduna office of the Family Violence Legal Service Aboriginal Corporation (SA) on 1800 839 059 or (08) 8625 3800.
Alcohol and drug counselling and support
Extra outreach workers are providing alcohol and other drugs case management. These workers work closely with participants to offer individualised and flexible support across a range of alcohol related issues depending on individual need. The service supports the Ceduna region with additional outreach to communities such as Koonibba, Yalata, Scotdesco and Oak Valley.
Contact: Ceduna Koonibba Aboriginal Health Service on (08) 8626 2600 or Tullawon Health Services on (08) 8625 6237 to access this service.
Mobile outreach team
A new 24/7 mobile outreach team is patrolling the streets of Ceduna township so vulnerable people get the help they need. The team are on duty to prevent escalation of incidents that could harm the wider community or disrupt local business.
The team makes contact with people engaging in risky and anti-social behavior and removes them from the situation and the possibility of causing harm to themselves or the community. The team assists people to get home, or to a treatment centre or another service if that is more appropriate. The team also works closely with South Australian police and other agencies in the region to ensure a coordinated effort to improve community safety.
Contact Jacky Costanzo on (08) 8207 0251 for more details.
Outpatient and withdrawal support from the Ceduna Hospital will receive additional support from health professionals, focusing on withdrawal and counselling. Contact: Drug and Alcohol Services South Australia on 1300 13 1340 to access this service.
Transport and funding support for vulnerable people affected by drugs and alcohol to book into, and travel to and from funded support and counselling services. Contact: Ceduna Koonibba Aboriginal Health Service on (08) 8626 2600 to access this service.

Aftercare support for alcohol and other drug clients exiting the sobering-up centre and other treatment services in and around the Ceduna area. This includes counselling and intensive case management. Contact: Drug and Alcohol Services South Australia on 1300 13 1340 or the Ceduna Sobering Up Centre at Dowling Crescent or call (08) 8625 3557 to access this service.
Financial counselling
Financial counsellors will provide intensive one-on-one support and undertake in-depth assessments of people’s financial situations. They help people better manage their money and address any issues which may contribute to long-term financial hardship. Financial counsellors can also help people with completing complex financial documentation and negotiate payment plans for debts.
Contact: Centacare Catholic Family Services Country SA to find out more, 11 McKenzie Street, Ceduna.  Mon – Fri 9am-5pm or call (08) 8628 7600.
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