Wiimpatja Healing Centre

Wiimpatja Healing Centre is a program that provides an alternative to traditional incarceration for Indigenous detainees, on remand, sentenced or on warrants.

The main strength of the program is that it is sensitive to the complex cultural needs of Indigenous people within the broader context of a predominantly white society.  

We use existing community resources and programs as part of Mallee District Aboriginal Services (MDAS).

To be referred into the program potential clients must have undergone detox and be completely free of alcohol and other drugs for a minimum of two (2) weeks.

We do not accept participants who are currently on a methadone program.

Wiimpatja Healing Centre is located approx. 80 km from the town of Wentworth and is 120km west of Mildura. It takes approx. an hour and a half to travel to Warrakoo Station from Mildura.

Services at Wiimpatja

  • Works Program, including general maintenance around the property
  • Life Skills Program, including cooking and cleaning skills
  • TAFE program – working around the horticulture and landscaping sectors
  • Cultural Enrichment Program – including making cultural artefacts, painting and traditional cooking
  • Alcohol and Other Drugs Counselling – this program provided individual one on one counselling with the AOD team from MDAS

Program goals

  • To learn to be able to live a healthier life, free of Alcohol and Other Drugs
  • To take time to work on health and wellbeing and re-enter the community in a healthy and proactive way
  • To offer a safe way to work on presenting problems and difficulties away from distractions of the community and to assist and support transition back into the community.
  • The Cultural Enrichment Program focuses on bringing clients back to their culture through all the aspects of the program.

Please note: There are costs associated with the Wiimpatja program – please call for further information.