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Triple Care Farm comprises of two residential youth programs that help young people aged 16-24 years suffering with substance abuse, mental illness, homelessness and family breakdown. One is the Triple Care Farm Rehabilitation Program and the other is the Triple Care Farm Withdrawal Program.

Sir David Martin Foundation is the main funder of the Triple Care Farm Programs, treating young people aged 16-24 with drug and alcohol addictions. The farm provides an ideal environment of peace and healing for young people in crisis, most of whom present with comorbid mental health and addiction issues.

  • The Rehabilitation Program provides support for substance abuse and mental health issues over the course of 12 weeks.
  • The Withdrawal Program is a shorter program of up to 28 days, supporting young people to detox from substances in a safe environment. 

Both programs provide up to six months of aftercare support to the young people as they transition back into the community. This is a key part of Triple Care Farm’s treatment model, as it increases the likelihood of long-term change in the lives of the students.

It is not compulsory for a young person to attend both programs. Although a young person must be detoxed before entering Triple Care Farm Rehabilitation, they may not choose to do this at the Withdrawal Program provided at the farm. They are however welcome to apply to both programs. Options are:

  • Apply only to Triple Care Farm Withdrawal Program
  • Apply only to Triple Care Farm Rehabilitation Program 
  • Apply for both

If the young person indicates in the application form that they would like to apply for both, the Intake Coordinator will try to ensure that they start the Withdrawal Program at a time that enables them to transition seamlessly into the Rehabilitation Program without having to go home in between.

More about the Triple Care Farm Withdrawal Program and how to apply here.

More about the Triple Care Farm Rehabilitation Program and how to apply here.

*Please note: on both application forms, there is a tick box to indicate which program you are applying for and whether you would like to apply for both.

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Triple Care Farm Students

To paint a picture of the students' level and complexity of need, the below statistics outline the condition of young people on intake in 2018: 

    • 100% had misused substances  
    • 61% had a thought about taking their own life
    • 95% had mental health issues 
    • 84% were unemployed
    • 52% had a history of homelessness
    • 70% had experienced family breakdown
    • 19% had not completed their year 10 schooling
    • 46% had a criminal history

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Outcomes

Triple Care Farm has been proven to be an effective program with a high rate of success in transforming young lives. 

The below statistics are from 2018 students:

  • 66% gained one or more accredited training qualification
  • 75% went on to pursue education and / or employment opportunities 
  • 74% were in stable accommodation six months after completing the program
  • Zero young people attempted suicide during their stay at the farm

 

One in 3 homeless young people say they are homeless because they are unable to afford housing costs or find work...

Homeless youth are much more likely to have alcohol and drug problems, mental illness and trouble with the law...

33% of youth aged 16 and 17 years have tried at least one type of illegal substance including; cannabis, hallucinogens, amphetamines, ecstasy, opiates or cocaine...

Over 100,000 Australians are homeless on any given night, of which at least 44,000 are aged 12 to 25...