The Glen for Women, a rehabilitation centre on the Central Coast of New South Wales offering holistic addiction treatment for First Nations women, will officially open with a ceremony today.
The Glen for Women provides a minimum 12-week residential program in a culturally safe and supportive environment to help women recover from addiction and build practical life skills.
Located on Darkinjung Country, the 20-bed centre is the first Aboriginal Community Controlled women’s rehabilitation centre in New South Wales.
It offers an abstinence-based program that includes group counselling, purposeful life skills, sports, cooking, personal training, parenting programs, Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous meetings, and community work and education.
The Glen for Women also helps clients deal with grief and trauma, relationships, gambling and anger management.
The Australian Government has continued an ongoing partnership with the Glen for Women with a $3.5 million investment to support priorities under the National Drug Strategy.
The official opening coincides with a meeting of the Australian National Advisory Council on Alcohol and Other Drugs.
Quotes attributable to Assistant Minister, Emma McBride:
“The Glen for Women is doing fantastic work and helping to turn around the lives of First Nations women struggling with drug and alcohol use in the Central Coast community and beyond.
“The facility is an important addition to the number of beds available for women in residential rehabilitation centres and is one of the few which offer culturally safe support for First Nations women.”
Quotes attributable to Assistant Minister, Malarndirri McCarthy:
“The amazing work of Glen for Women will go a long way in making a positive difference to the lives of women in the Central Coast region, their families and the wider community.
“The Albanese Labor Government is committed supporting the social and emotional wellbeing of Australians and ensuring everyone can live healthier and happier lives.”