Rockhampton site works welcomed

Rockhampton site works welcomed

4 December, 2020

Site works are now underway and construction will soon commence on the new Rockhampton residential alcohol and drug recovery service at 607-701 Yaamba Road, Parkhurst. Read more on our project updates page.

Lives Lived Well CEO Mitchell Giles said the announcement meant we were now a step closer to being able to provide vital recovery treatment for people impacted by alcohol and drugs within the Central Queensland region.

“Once the build is complete, we look forward to delivering this new offering of live-in withdrawal, rehabilitation and family support, which will allow people to get the support they need at different stages of their recovery over a longer period,” Mr Giles said.

“We look forward to working closely with the community including those who work in health and other support services to help people access our treatment and get their lives back on track.”

“The new services will also create a small boost to the local job market as we start going out to recruitment from April 2021 for up to 20 positions.”

Service commencement is scheduled for late 2021.

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Merger of two alcohol and drug support organisations

Merger of two alcohol and drug support organisations

Watershed and Lives Lived Well today, Thursday 1 October 2020, celebrate an amicable union by way of a merger between the two not-for-profit organisations.

The joining together of two long-standing service providers is aimed at strengthening services and continuing quality support to people and families impacted by alcohol or drugs.

One of the first initiatives they will undertake together will be to establish and deliver a new service in Nowra. Funded by the South Eastern NSW PHN, the alcohol and drug treatment service, called Nana Muru (better road), opens later this month.

Watershed’s CEO Will Temple will assist his organisation through the transition to become a part of Lives Lived Well.

Lives Lived Well’s CEO Mitchell Giles said he was looking forward to building on Watershed’s long-standing record of excellence in the region.

“We hold in high regard the support that Watershed provides. We are pleased to be in partnership with them, working with them to continue to provide a professional and helpful drug and alcohol support service,” he said.

Watershed services will continue to be delivered under the Watershed name, and clients will continue to see the same faces.

Mr Temple affirms that the merger will allow Watershed clients, staff and local community to benefit from the shared knowledge and resources of six other residential services across the Lives Lived Well organisation. It will also provide Watershed services with access to research and technology that is unique to Lives Lived Well.

Lives Lived Well provides drug and alcohol and mental health support in Queensland and regional NSW. Their teams deliver a range of free community services across multiple locations, including face-to-face and phone counselling, two headspace centres, outreach and group programs, detox and support services for families.

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headspace Upper Coomera officially opens

headspace Upper Coomera officially opens

headspace Upper Coomera is today celebrating the opening of its doors, providing a vital new mental health service for young people in the growing northern corridor.

The centre has been established in response to an increase in demand of more than 160 per cent in the last three years, for Gold Coast headspace services. It will also provide additional support during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Member for Forde, Bert van Manen, said the Commonwealth Government has provided more than $2.7 million for establishment costs and service delivery to 2022.

“headspace Upper Coomera is a community asset that will provide young people with access to world-leading mental health support during some of life’s most difficult challenges. This is all part of the Australian Government’s plan to deliver more health services for the Northern Gold Coast,” Mr van Manen said.

Gold Coast Primary Health Network (GCPHN) has commissioned Lives Lived Well, who currently manage headspace Southport, to run the centre, for young people aged 12-25 in the local community.

GCPHN CEO Matt Carrodus, said the centre will provide a safe environment for young people to access a wide range of support, including mental health practitioners, GPs, alcohol and other drug professionals and vocational specialists. “On top of the many usual issues young people may be dealing with, the pandemic is also adding to their concerns, and this service is now here to help many young people through this difficult time,” Mr Carrodus said.

Lives Lived Well Board Chair, Damian Wright, said the opening of headspace Upper Coomera was the culmination of effective collaboration between all levels of government with the local community and stakeholders. “We are proud to be part of this new headspace centre and look forward to working closely with the Upper Coomera community to help young people access mental health support,” Mr Wright said.

headspace CEO Jason Trethowan said headspace wants all young people to have access to youth friendly mental health services no matter where they live. “The opening of headspace Upper Coomera means we can provide more young people with support closer to home, to help them get through tough times and get back on track.”

Upper Coomera headspace details
Phone: 07 5600 1999
Address: 1 Brygon Creek Drive, within the Brygon Creek Reserve Shopping Village
Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm
Website: Facebook:
For information about headspace Southport: Ph: 07 5509 5900
For more information about headspace:

Other Gold Coast residents who may need help with their mental health, alcohol or drug use during COVID-19 can access support through:
• The 24/7 Coronavirus Mental Wellbeing Support Service or call 1800 512 348
• Their regular GP who can refer to Gold Coast Primary Health Network commissioned services:
• Alcohol and Drug Information Service (ADIS) or call 1800 177 833.


For all media enquiries contact:
Michelle Saftich – Marketing & Media Officer
[email protected] or [email protected]

Episode 2: Service Planning

Episode 2: Service Planning

In this episode of Lives Lived Well the podcast, Alcohol and Other Drugs Counsellor and Case Manager, Mae Vorster and Honours Psychology student, Yasmine Jing Wong discuss service planning in clinical modelling.

Episode 1: Motivational Interviewing

Episode 1: Motivational Interviewing

In the first episode of Lives Lived Well the podcast, Mirikai Team Leader, Mikel Gellatly and Honours Psychology student, Rhiarna Harris demonstrate a clinical modelling technique of Motivational Interviewing.