Gulgihwen means "change" in the traditional local language.

Our Program is designed for Aboriginal men aged 18 years + and is intended to provide education and support towards addressing the issues of substance misuse and related harms such as criminality, and to improve health and well-being.

With the support of experienced Staff we offer a compassionate and culturally focused professional program of change, centred on self responsibility to achieve your goals in healing.

How long is the Program?

There is no set program length - it is up to you to decide how much time you think you need to work on the things you identify as being important to your healing. We recommend a minimum stay of 8 weeks to really make any progress. The average stay is around 3 months and there are options for up to 9 months for men addressing complex substance misuse and related issues.

To read more download our pamphlet here.

How much does it cost?

Residents pay the equivalent of 65% of whichever Centrelink payment they receive. This goes towards to costs of board and lodgings and program resources. Residents who do not receive Centrelink (self funded or Private Health Fund) costs will be negotiated but will not exceed 65% of the DSP.

How long does it take to get in?

There is always a waiting list due to demand. How long you wait until a place is available depends on how many others are on the list and on your individual circumstances. Men from our local area who have poor health will get priority. We can tell you more what the wait time is likely to be when you apply and begin the assessment process.

What does the program look like?

Here is an example of the program structure. Note this will change from time to time.

Namatjira Haven Gulgihwen Change Program- Resident’s Weekly Program – Summer 2019

Time

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

7am

Breakfast

& Shower

Breakfast

& Shower

Breakfast

& Shower

Breakfast

& Shower

Breakfast

& Shower

7.30 Breakfast

Shower

Sleep in

8.30am

Chores

Chores

Chores

Chores

Chores

Chores

Breakfast

Shower

9.00am

House Meeting

House Meeting 

House meeting

House Meeting

House Meeting

Chores

Chores

9.30am

Meditation shed

QML pathology

Counselling till 2pm

Meditation shed

Meditation shed Counselling till 2pm

Self directed art and fitness

Meditation shed Counselling till 2pm

House Meeting

 

Self directed art and fitness

10 am

House clean up

 

TAFE

art and fitness if no TAFE

10am shop run 15 mins

 

Self directed art and fitness

Self directed art and fitness

Leave for outing 9.45am

 

10am House Meeting

11 am

 

Group

Group if no TAFE

Group

Group meditation

Group

10am Shopping weekly

All Wash vehicles

12.30pm

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch BBQ off site fortnightly

Lunch

Visitors 12.30pm

1.00pm

Shop run 15mins

Case Management tasks

TAFE Aunty Bev

Case Management tasks

Case Management tasks

Case Management tasks

Outing/ visitors rotate fortnightly12.30-4.30pm

12.30-4.30pm Visitors

2.00pm

Gardening

 

TAFE Aunty Bev

1.30pm Cultural Program

2pm Music

Doctor’s visit

Grounds & equipment maintenance

Outing/ visitors rotate fortnightly

Visitors

3.00pm

Gardening

 

TAFE Aunty Bev

1.30pm Cultural Program

Music

 

Grounds & equipment maintenance

Outing till 3.30pm fortnightly return 4pm

Visitors

4- 4.30pm

Pack up Gardening

Return to NAMA

Cultural Program includes fire circle

Music to 4pm

 

Pack up Grounds & equipment maintenance

fortnightly/ visitors leave by 4.30

Visiting over by 4.30pm

5.30pm

Dinner

Dinner

Dinner

Dinner

Dinner

Dinner

Dinner

6.30pm

NA

Optional 

AA/NA Lismore Optional

Talking Circle

 

Koori Meeting

5 min Shop Stop

NA/AA Lismore Optional

Relaxation

Relaxation

9.30pm

Phones in

Phones in

Phones in

Phones in

Phones in

Phones in

Phones in

11.00pm

Lights off

Lights off

Lights off

Lights off

Lights off

Lights off

Lights off

How do I apply?

There are 2 types of applications we accept - a Self Referral (where you apply yourself) and a Referral from someone else who is supporting you in a professional capacity. This could be a Doctor, a Solicitor, a Corrections Officer, or a Case Worker for example.

If you are ready to apply, and have looked at the Eligibility Criteria, here are links to the application process: