Our Drug and Alcohol Withdrawal Network (DAWN) assists people to reduce or stop their substance use by providing care and support at home.

 Doctor with patient

The free and confidential withdrawal service is run by clinical nurse specialists who visit you at home and support you through your withdrawal in shared care with your general practitioner (GP). Once assessed for suitability, our home-based withdrawal is provided to people of all ages.

We also provide education and support for your family members and GP and can refer you to counselling, rehabilitation and other services for ongoing care best suited to your needs. 

Our Community Services Charter explains your rights and responsibilities, and what you can expect, when engaging with our services.

Our caregivers are taking all appropriate precautions during COVID-19 as directed by government and St John of God Health Care guidelines and will continue providing home-based withdrawal as long as there are no people with COVID-19 isolating in the residence. 

Our service

Our services include:

  • ability for clients to self-refer 
  • assessment
  • a medicated or non-medicated home-based withdrawal plan
  • GP liaison
  • home visits
  • specialist case management with clinicians available to support GPs during consults with relevant patients via telephone
  • education and support for yourself, your family and your GP
  • referrals to appropriate counselling and rehabilitation services

Make a referral

DAWN is a professional home-based withdrawal service providing an effective treatment option for people who want to safely reduce or cease their substance use.

The service is free for patients and GPs.

To make a referral, or to self-refer, please complete the DAWN referral form and send it to the following: 
Email: [email protected]
Fax: 08 9380 9793
Tel: 08 9388 5000

Contact us

Tel: 08 9388 5000
Fax: 08 9380 9793
Email: [email protected]

In 2020, St John of God Social Outreach was awarded full accreditation against the QIC Health and Community Services Standards, demonstrating our commitment to providing quality services that are best practice, driven by effective systems and processes that support our clients’ positive experience and achieving better outcomes for everyone we serve.Social Outreach accreditation