Diverse Pathways (formerly Reaching Out) is Turning Point’s specialist Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) service providing culturally sensitive counselling and treatment pathway referrals to those with problematic AOD issues. Diverse Pathways is a new Alcohol and Other Drug service to help navigate and reduce the many barriers to treatment, experienced by culturally diverse and First Nation people living in Melbourne’s North-West.
Our client group
People aged 18+ living in the North or West Metro region of Melbourne who identify as being from a Culturally and Linguistically Diverse or Aboriginal / Torres Strait Islander background who are concerned about their substance use and co-occurring mental health.
In response to a research driven understanding of the added complexities of these client groups, we have developed a complex trauma focus to our treatment program, and are seeking to reach those clients who experience the many barriers to accessing main stream AOD services.
- We can also work with family members or significant others impacted by the client’s substance use.
- We provide culturally sensitive engagement and AOD assessment, therapeutic social work and assertive linkage to assist our clients to access meaningful treatment for their AOD and co-occurring mental health issues.
- We can work with clients for 3-4 months depending on their treatment needs. We provide short term counselling and stabilization involving preparing clients for treatment, and an understanding of their substance use patterns, underlying feelings, triggers and urges within a harm minimisation framework.
- We refer clients to detox, rehabilitation and counselling services, mental health services, group programs (as well as non-AOD supports), and will follow up one month after closure to support continuation of treatment.
Diverse Pathways also provides AOD health literacy education to CALD community groups and organisations and secondary consultation to the AOD and CALD service sectors.