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Great expectations for ADAWS new home

Construction of new purpose-built premises for the Adolescent Drug and Alcohol Withdrawal Service (ADAWS) continues, with the service likely to be fully operational in its new home from August 2010.

The residential program has been operated by Mater Health Services from two houses in Clarence Street at South Brisbane since 2000. It is designed for young people aged 13 to 18 who feel they have a problem with alcohol or other drug use and have made the decision to withdraw and detox.

Director of Mater’s Child & Youth Mental Health Service Professor Brett McDermott said the new, expanded facility would better meet the needs of ADAWS and was highly anticipated by the young people, their families, staff and clinicians.

“We aim to offer a comfortable, welcoming and home-like space for this youthful age group,” he said.

“The purpose-built facility will be in keeping with the surrounding environment and the character of the neighbourhood.”

The new building will accommodate up to five residents at a time, plus live in staff. It also includes a health clinic, administration, and a custom-built arts and recreation space.

“The ADAWS ‘Artspace’ program is specifically designed to help young people adjust to life after ADAWS and provide them with new skills and confidence during this particularly vulnerable time,” Prof McDermott said.

ADAWS is funded by Queensland Health and run by Mater Health Services.

ADAWS artists impression

ADAWS artists impression


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