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From 31 January 2022, it is a mandatory requirement for all patients who want to access face to face medical and allied health services to show proof of vaccination (double dosed) AND proof of identification. If patients are unvaccinated or only had one vaccination, they can still access medical and allied health services through tele-health and video-link. Be kind…our staff don’t make the rules. Help us follow the rules and keep WA safe.

Residential Rehabilitation and Recovery

The Northam Recovery Program

At Fresh Start, we recommend that our clients participate in a rehabilitation program following treatment.

Our Northam residential treatment program offers clients 24 hr care in a supportive environment away from triggers and negative influences, which decreases the likelihood of relapse. Both residents and staff members participate in a Modified Therapeutic Community model in addition to regular and ongoing group therapy programs that help establish healthy behaviour and thought patterns.

Northam Recovery Program is a comprehensive residential program focused on recovery. Residents commence their recovery journey at Northam Recovery Centre and, on completion, can move to The Hill for the next phase of treatment. Both facilities have the same core program, but with differing activities, programs and responsibilities.

Clients interested in entering the Northam Recovery Program meet with a case coordinator and receive an information brochure and some basic information about the program. Potential residents and former clients who want to engage or return to the Northam Recovery Program can attend a weekly Outreach program at our Subiaco clinic.

Following assessment, patients are required to complete the following steps before progressing to Northam:

  • Northam Intake & Assessment paperwork
  • Medical assessment
  • Outreach Program
  • Suitability assessment (if applicable)
  • Mental Health Care Plan
  • UDS (Urine Drug Screen which must be clear of all illicit substances)
  • Legal issues (current and previous)
  • NRP Rent Paperwork (Centrelink set up)
  • First 2 weeks rent paid upfront
  • Ambulance cover
  • Up-to date Covid 19 vaccine status certificate provided

Once all steps of the process are completed, clients are able to make the transition to Northam where the next part of their recovery journey begins.

Fresh Start Northam Referral Form 2022

Suitability Assessment

When a client is evaluated as an Intensive Case Management Service (ICMS) client, we arrange for them to see a counsellor for a suitability assessment. Acceptance into the recovery program is dependent on sufficient keyworker staffing levels to provide the required support.

Clients will be assessed as unsuitable if they:

  1.  Refuse to follow the direction of Fresh Start staff and program guidelines
  2.  Do not express adequate levels of motivation
  3.  Have an extensive history of violence
  4.  Are deemed not appropriate by a clinical therapist or general manager
  5.  Are an inappropriate match with current residents. They can reapply in 6 months

Our Recovery Model

The Northam Recovery Program operates on a modified Therapeutic Community model of treatment. The staff and other residents at the centre become your community for the period of your recovery and you all work together towards overcoming your addictions, building supportive relationships and preparing for re-entry to the wider community.

Northam Recovery Centre

The Northam Recovery Centre is where residents will commence their recovery journey.

Each resident is allocated their own bedroom with storage for personal belongings. All rooms have both air-conditioners and heaters and linen is provided for the duration of their stay. All meals are prepared and delivered fresh daily.

The Centre is a 3-story centre with sleeping quarters, common areas, gardens and vegetable patch. There is also a range of art supplies provided for residents who want to explore and develop their creative talents.

Residents may use the gym and other sporting and educational facilities in Northam during designated program times.

The program runs on a structured timetable with groups, free time, meals and chores. Maintenance of the property is an important part of the program and all residents assist with normal household tasks including cooking, cleaning, gardening and general maintenance.

Residents are encouraged to invite their families to visit them on Family Day, held on the last Saturday of each month at our second facility, The Hill.

The Hill

The Hill is located 8 km outside Northam on an expansive 85-acre rural property. This stage of the program provides incentive and opportunity for residents to build their skills and make changes to manage their recovery in a supportive environment.

Once the residents have completed their program at the Northam Recovery Centre, they have the opportunity to graduate to The Hill to complete the work readiness program. There, the residents will benefit from a country lifestyle, learning practical skills with a strong emphasis on returning to work. Residents living at The Hill will play an active role in our Social Enterprises.

Transitional Housing

Following graduation from the program (after a minimum of 20 weeks), clients may apply to move to transitional housing in Perth. This accommodation is available for residents who are actively looking for work, engaged in employment, completing studies or volunteering on a regular basis. For more information, see the Resident Agreement.

Social Enterprises

As part of our recovery program all residents will participate in our social enterprises.

If you are interested in the Northam Recovery Program or would like some more information about the program, please call (08) 9381 1333 and ask to speak to our Intake Officer.