Premier of Queensland opens Binbi Yadubay

Premier of Queensland opens Binbi Yadubay

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk officially opened Binbi Yadubay – Healthy Beginnings in Rockhampton on 30 May.

“It’s called Binbi Yadubay which, in the language of the traditional landowners the Darumbal people means ‘healthy beginnings’,” the Premier said. The service was named after consultation with, and permission from, local Elders.

“No Queenslander should have to battle their addiction alone. They deserve the chance to be free from their addiction to have a healthy beginning,” the Premier said. “The 42-bed centre is the first in Queensland to offer withdrawal, rehab, and family units, and will work alongside 19 other service locations that will be delivered across the state.”

The Premier acknowledged the strong advocacy of local members Keppel MP Brittany Lauga and Rockhampton MP Barry O’Rourke for making the new $16.26 million facility a reality.

Minister for Health and Ambulance Services Yvette D’Ath said the facility was delivering high-quality free support services to people suffering with drug or alcohol addiction.

“We know this facility will not only be an incredible support to residents, but also their families, and I would especially like to thank Lives Lived Well for their operation of the facility and for their continued dedication to the rehabilitation of Queenslanders,” the Minister said.

“Importantly, this is a voluntary and free service for Queenslanders to come forward and get the assistance they need when they are ready to make a positive change in their lives.”

Central Queensland Hospital and Health Service Board Chair Paul Bell added he was delighted to see Central Queenslanders already benefiting from this vital new service.

“This wonderful service is much-needed in our community and will complement the great work already done by CQ Health’s alcohol and other drugs team, who work in close partnership with Lives Lived Well,” Mr Bell said.

“Our Board is very proud to have the state’s first purpose-built public residential rehabilitation service right here in Central Queensland, and we thank the Queensland Government for recognising and filling this gap.”

Binbi Yadubay commenced operation late in 2021 and has already supported more than 110 people.

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Binbi Yadubay – withdrawal unit opens

Binbi Yadubay – withdrawal unit opens

The Withdrawal Unit at Lives Lived Well’s new Rockhampton Residential service, Binbi Yadubay, is now open.

The 8-bed withdrawal unit opened on 6 February 2022, offering a program delivered over five to 10 days.

On 6 December, the live-in rehabilitation program (32-bed adult single rooms) opened on the same site. Two family support units will also soon open, at which stage the new Rockhampton service will become fully operational.

The Rockhampton service is called Binbi Yadubay, meaning “Healthy Beginnings” in the local Darumbal language. The service was named after consultation with, and permission from, local Elders.

Lives Lived Well’s Clinical Services Manager (CQ Residential Services), Mikel Gellatly, said there was strong demand and community support for the service.

“The feedback we have received from stakeholders is very positive,” Mikel said. “In the coming months I’ll be getting out to as many Central Queensland communities as possible, to update stakeholders on the service.”

The new centre is an addition to Lives Lived Well’s existing adult and youth services in Rockhampton, Gladstone, Emerald, Mackay and the Whitsundays. This new service provides more access and choice – meeting the diverse needs of people in the region who are wanting to address their use of alcohol or drugs.

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Mirikai celebrates 40 years

Mirikai celebrates 40 years

Happy birthday Mirikai! On 17 December 2021, Lives Lived Well’s Burleigh Heads live-in recovery service celebrated 40 years of providing support to young people on the Gold Coast.

From humble beginnings as a small brick house nestled into Burleigh Hill, the service has grown to become a part of the fabric of support services in the region. Our staff have supported generations of young people to reach their full potential.

As part of the celebrations, Mirikai welcomed more than 60 people, along with current clients and staff, to gather on site and share in reflections and a cake-cutting ceremony. Special guests included the Member for Burleigh, Michael Hart, and the former CEO of Gold Coast Drug Council, Mary Alcorn, who was integral in starting the service.

The Yugambeh Aboriginal Dancers provided a powerful Welcome to Country and performed a number of culturally significant dances.

The atmosphere at Mirikai was one of celebration and gratitude – for everyone who has contributed to the service’s success.

 

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Orange team moves to Byng Street

Orange team moves to Byng Street

Lives Lived Well’s Orange-based team showed off their new office at 86 Byng St today on 16 December 2021, inviting stakeholders to come and see the new digs.

Our NSW admin and Outreach teams are now located at Byng St after moving from 91 Dalton St in November.

The stakeholder open day was a success, with many people dropping by to have a chat about services and staying for a sausage sandwich. Information packs about Lives Lived Well were handed out and people were able to have a tour of the new space.

A big thankyou to local businesses that donated items for the day, including the IGA and Woodward Street Butchery.

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Nana Muru celebrates turning one

Nana Muru celebrates turning one

On 8 December Lives Lived Well’s Nana Muru team in Nowra celebrated the service’s first birthday with members of the local community.

They had much to celebrate given their achievements during the challenges of COVID-19 lockdowns. In their first year, the dedicated team managed to build strong connections across the Bay and Basin and deliver over 750 episodes of support. Supports include a mobile detox service as well as a Day Program, outreach and aftercare.

We thank the Federal Member for Gilmore, Fiona Phillips, as well as staff from COORDINARE and local support agencies for joining us to celebrate.

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First clients arrive at new Rockhampton service

First clients arrive at new Rockhampton service

On 6 December, Lives Lived Well welcomed our first clients into our new purpose-built residential rehabilitation service in Rockhampton.

The new service, funded by the Queensland Government, has been two years in the planning and construction and is the first of its kind for Central Queensland.

The centre is located at 12 Nuttall Street, Parkhurst (near the Music Bowl). With 42 beds, recreational facilities and extensive grounds, it provides a supportive, safe, drug, alcohol and smoke-free environment to springboard changes for those adversely impacted by their use of alcohol and/or drugs.

Queensland Health is funding Lives Lived Well to deliver drug and alcohol treatment services including:

  • residential rehabilitation – 32 beds (adult single rooms)
  • residential withdrawal treatment unit (8 beds for adults)
  • family residential rehabilitation (2 three-bedroom family units)

The new centre is an addition to Lives Lived Well’s existing adult and youth services in Rockhampton, Gladstone, Emerald, Mackay and the Whitsundays. This new service provides more access and choice – meeting the diverse needs of people in the region who are wanting to address their use of alcohol or drugs.