Mission Australia’s Triple Care Farm youth drug and alcohol residential rehabilitation facility helps 16-24 year olds to overcome addiction and develop skills to find their independence in the community.
What makes Triple Care Farm Rehabilitation unique
Triple Care Farm is accredited by the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards.
This program provides treatment and support for addiction and mental health issues, as well as opportunities for young people to gain useful skills for their future. By re-engaging with education and building job and living skills, students are better placed to be independent, find employment or go on to do further study.
This is a holistic program and is tailored to meet each individual’s needs and goals for their future.
At the end of each year, the farm holds a graduation ceremony where young people are able to share their achievements with family and friends.
How it works
Over the course of 12 weeks, young people are empowered with the tools they need to turn their lives around. The program includes:
- Treatment and counselling
- Living skills and a home for now
- Vocational and education training
- Sport and recreation.
A past student, Saige, came to Triple Care Farm Rehabilitation homeless and addicted to the drug Ice. Before the Farm, she describes her life as, “no sleep, no place to sleep, no family, lots of fear, lots of trouble. It was a horrible place.” Now happy and healthy, Saige is grateful for the opportunity she was given those years ago.
Treatment and counselling
A team of counsellors and psychologists support young people through one-on-one counselling as well as group therapy. It is an opportunity for the young person to address underlying issues or other contributing factors to their need for rehabilitation.
Group sessions and workshops also provide the students with coping techniques and practical skills in combating both their addictions and mental health problems.
Each young person has their own room in a house with five other students plus one supervising Youth Worker. Here, young people are able to learn essential living skills and domestic responsibilities such as cooking, cleaning, budgeting and maintaining good hygiene. It also builds social skills as students learn how to maintain positive social relationships, negotiate and resolve conflicts.
A dedicated Living Skills Teacher also runs lessons and workshops in areas including proper food storage, sexual health and basic finance.
Vocational and educational training
The program offers both accredited and non-accredited Vocational and Education Training (VET) for students.
For those who missed out on schooling due to their addiction or mental illness, literacy and numeracy lessons are provided. Through a partnership with TAFE Outreach, students also have the opportunity to complete a Certificate II (Skills for Work & Training) which is a Year 10 equivalent.
For those who would like to build employment skills, they can learn forklift driving, landscaping, hospitality, woodworks and First Aid. Whenever possible, the farm provides accredited certificates.
Students are also offered Art and Music Therapy, allowing them to explore their creativity and self-expression.
Sport and recreation
Young people are encouraged to take part in fitness training during their stay. Students have access to a fully equipped gym, a basketball court and healthy, leisure activities such as table tennis.
On weekends, youth workers lead the students in excursions to show them how to have fun without the need for drugs. Students get a chance to go outdoors and enjoy hiking, kayaking, surfing and swimming as well as do classic leisure activities such as seeing a movie or going bowling.
Young people are offered up to six months of support in the Aftercare Program once they complete rehabilitation. An Aftercare Worker keeps in touch and is there to offer practical advice and be a mentor as the young person transitions back into the community.
This is an important part of treatment and gives young people the best chance to maintain the positive changes they have made at the farm.
How much does it cost?
There is a $140 one-off non-refundable administration fee plus $150 per week ongoing. For young people who are under the legal care of a government department, a different fee structure applies. Details of these fees are available on application.
How long is the waiting list?
We cannot provide a specific answer as it is a rolling intake.
Do males and females share the living space?
Each young person has their own bedroom. The male and female bathrooms are separated but the living quarters are shared amongst males and females.
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