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, centered on self responsibility to achieve your goals in healing.
In the 1960s Pastor Frank Roberts, his brother Fletcher Roberts and a group of community members were concerned about the impact alcohol was having on the Aboriginal community. Their vision was to have a place of healing, a special place where people could have time out to work on their issues. After many years of hard work and lobbying government departments, funding was granted and Namatjira Haven was opened on 12th May 1979.
Today Namatjira Haven provides residential programs for Aboriginal men requiring assistance in dealing with substance misuse, abuse and domestic violence issues. The centre currently has 14 beds and is located on NSW North Coast 2.5kms from Alstonville. Our healing centre also provides outreach family health and wellbeing support services to family members of residents.
Namatjira Haven (Alstonville, N.S.W)
Maximum Number of Residents: 14 +
Age Range : 16 Years +
Approximate Payment : 65% Of Centrelink
Length of Stay: 3 Months for Justice Referrals, 6-8 weeks Under 21, 4-9 Months for Men
Types of Treatment: Alcohol/Drugs/Gambling/Smoking
108 Whites Lane (PO Box 14)
Alstonville NSW 2477
P: (02) 6628 1098
F: (02) 6628 0520