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Maayu Mali has completed an independent review of the service and its operations and have commenced working to implement and plan around a set of recommendations to improve across a range of indicators;

  • Service delivery – implement clinical supervision with Odessey House
  • Resident completion and development
  • Community investment 
  • Partnerships
  • Local regional state and national forums – ARDANN meetings 
  • Capital works
  • Human resources, training and development - implementing site exchange for team education across the resi-rehab sector

With short term but effective change we are very excited to see re-engagement with the community to report that we now have been seen good residential uptake for services, as at 23rd March 2022;

11 clients - 7 men and 4 women

2 client successfully completed 

2 new clients 

Residents have commenced appointments with Pius X Social Emotional Wellbeing team for counselling and health check, with Pius X team groups delivered at Maayu Mali. CentreCare has be delivering parenting classes for circle of security – with 6 residents attend every Tuesday for 6 weeks. Every second Thursday Healthwise is presenting across a range of health topics for resident education covering healthy eating, exercising, diabetes. Each Tuesday night with local community members Narcotics Anonymous convenes groups that started the week of 14th March 2022, Moree men’s group  with Mirray Birray meet every second Monday night, the awesome Brent Munro holds boxing every Tuesday night and is getting good numbers.

With Justice Reinvest, residents catered for school groups to host the youth forum and supported the cleaning of SHEA to help the youth forum- men digging the circle for the boys to dance, and then supported Block Party.

Maayu Mali team and residents have been supporting the delivery of fresh fruit and vegies to community members, and as a show of support in unity residents catered for Gordon Copeland memorial march.

Critically we are bringing culture back to the centre of services delivery and service ethos commencing with art groups and inviting local Elders will be providing stories of recovery at Maayu Mali on Thursdays, and residents will be participating in a cultural program with Winangali Infusion - Strong Spirit Program. 

About Us

The Maayu Mali Centre is a rehabilitation centre for Aboriginal people over the age of 18, with the ability to house 14 males and 4 females.

Maayu Mali provides a minimum 12 week residential rehabilitation program for 14 men and 4 women aged 18 years old and over with a 21 month aftercare program. This program is delivered by utilising the Aboriginal Drug and Alcohol Residential Rehabilitation Model of Care focusing on culturally safe practice.

The program aims to provide a holistic approach in supporting and healing the whole person including the provision of individual and group treatment, individual case management, skills and training, recreation support, health and fitness, wellbeing, art and cultural support.

We propose to deliver to each client:

  • Assessment and Care Planning, including case review
  • AOD Treatment Groups
  • Education, living skills and other appropriate groups
  • Individual AOD treatment focused on the needs of the client
  • Individual case management and case coordination
  • Cultural and community connection and healing through group work, art and cultural craft, excursions to country
  • Appropriate referral pathways – for example specialist mental health services and primary health care

100% of clients undertake a comprehensive assessment and an individualised treatment plan.

100% of our clients co-design an aftercare plan.

Clients participate in treatment program including therapeutic groups, case management, cultural, recreation, training and education activities.

Purpose of the Program

The purpose of the program is to promote individual and community wellbeing and reduce harmful substance use through the provision of culturally appropriate alcohol and other drug (AOD) prevention, education, treatment, rehabilitation and aftercare services for Indigenous Australians.

Under the Safety and Wellbeing Program, the Department of Prime Minister & Cabinet have funded the Moree Aboriginal Residential Rehabilitation Service with the aim of working towards the following outcomes:

  • Ensuring the ordinary law of the land applies in Indigenous communities;
  • Ensuring Indigenous people enjoy similar levels of physical, emotional and social wellbeing enjoyed by other Australians

This Service will promote the individual and community wellbeing and reduce substance abuse through the provision of culturally appropriate alcohol and other drug prevention, education, treatment, rehabilitation and aftercare services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

This project is managed by Wellington Aboriginal Corporation Health Service in partnership with St Vincent de Paul Society.

Individual outcomes for the program are:

  • Reduction / cessation of harmful use of alcohol and other drugs
  • Reduction is severity of addition
  • Reduction in psychological distress and mental health symptoms
  • Improvement in Quality of Life
  • Reduction in risky practices (including sharing of injection equipment, drink driving)
  • Reconnection to family

Residential Programs For Men/Women

The following programs are conducted as part of the rehabilitation that residents undertake:

  • Men’s Yarning Circle
  • Women’s Yarning Circle
  • TBV Groups – Thoughts, Beliefs, Values
  • Rekindling Group
  • Skills Building Group
  • Residents also have access to both Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous Groups

Co-Founders And Partners

Maayu Mali is operated in partnership with St Vincent de Paul, who are also involved in the running of Freeman House in Armidale, another rehabilitation centre.

St Vincent de Paul provide support surrounding the service delivery of programs

Freeman House also provides 4 beds to be used for detoxing to enable admittance into Maayu Mali.

Contact Us

Business Hours

    Monday-Friday: 9am to 430pm
    Saturday and Sunday: Closed