The Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) team aims to provide information, support and referral pathways to individuals challenged by substance abuse.

Both self-referrals and GP referrals are welcomed; we work in collaboration with local health providers and can link clients with appropriate services to meet their needs.

Available services include:

Alcohol and Other Drugs Counselling

Free and confidential individual counselling for people experiencing issues related to their alcohol and other drugs use.

AOD counselling may include:

  • Assessment related to use
  • Goal setting
  • Harm minimisation strategies
  • Relapse prevention strategies
  • Referral to appropriate internal and external services e.g. housing support, emergency relief, withdrawal, GP and mental health support.

Support provided by this service will be based upon your needs and goals; our AOD services provide a space where you can feel respected, accepted and listened to in an open and non-judgmental way.

AOD Family Counselling

Free and confidential individual counselling for people impacted upon by a family member using substances. Parents, partners, siblings or children of the user who may have been impacted by a family member’s substance use are eligible for this service.

AOD Youth Outreach Counselling

AOD youth outreach counselling is similar to other forms of AOD counselling; we understand that young people often have different needs and may like to access counselling in a variety of venues. Outreach counselling often occurs out of Cobaw’s building in a location that may be more accessible and comfortable for the young person such as at their home, school or a safe public space such as a park or café.

Youth AOD Outreach Counsellors work in collaborative, humanistic, evidence-based and non-judgmental ways providing education, information, therapeutic work and practical case management where needed. With the consent of the young person, AOD Youth Outreach Counsellors can also work with parents and other loved ones as deemed appropriate.

Rural Withdrawal Service

The rural withdrawal service is available across the Macedon Ranges Shire. A Clinical Nurse Consultant (CNC) facilitates safe withdrawal treatment (in-patient or out-patient) in collaboration with the client and their health practitioners. Initial engagement with Cobaw’s AOD counsellors is required in order to complete an assessment.

Cobaw’s Nurse will be in contact with the client’s GP and relevant withdrawal units or hospitals (services funded by the Government); clients are clinically supported throughout the withdrawal process and on completion, referred back to AOD counselling to address any underlying issues.

Forensic AOD Service

Forensic AOD services assist people who have a requirement from the justice system to undertake AOD treatment. People needing forensic support are assessed by ACSO COATS (Community Offender Advice and Treatment Service) and are referred to Cobaw for AOD counselling.  Sessions will often have a similar focus as voluntary AOD counselling including the underlying cause of the issues ensuring court requirements are met.

How To Access AOD Services

Both self-referrals and GP referrals are welcomed; all AOD referrals are processed through our Intake team who can be contacted by calling 1300 026 229 or visiting our main office (Monday to Friday – 10:30am to 12:30pm drop in service) at 47 High Street, Kyneton.

If Intake staff are not available at the time of your contact, please leave a message with Reception staff and someone will call you back. Intake staff can assist you in working out which services you may need to be connected to and will conduct a simple initial needs assessment. Intake also manages referrals into the organisation from external agencies.

Cobaw Community Health Services Ltd acknowledges the support of the Victorian Government.