Funded through the North Western Melbourne Primary Health Network, the Rainbow Recovery Program offers services to LGBTIQ+ and HIV positive Victorians in in the cities of Brimbank, Hobsons Bay, and Maribrynong, Melbourne and Yarra ages 18+. Thorne Harbour Health offers Victoria-wide Care and Recovery and AOD Counselling support.
LGBTIQ+ AOD Intensive Case Manager (LAICM)
The LGBTQIA+ AOD Intensive Case Manager (LAICM) provides intensive therapeutic case management service for clients experiencing multiple, intersecting barriers to service access. This role integrates casework, counselling and advocacy for support periods of up to 12 months to provide trauma informed, person centered care. This longer term work acknowledges the systemic impacts of service barriers for LGBTI+ people, and the impact of minority stress on mental health and substance use.
The LAICM supports positive behavioral change in the AOD client through the delivery of evidence-based therapeutic intervention, specifically focused on service linkages, harm minimization and supporting long-term behavioral change. Clients linked with the program are able to access ‘step-down’ care in the form of Care and Recovery Coordination and AOD counselling.
DUAL DIAGNOSIS OUTREACH COUNSELLOR (DDOC)
The Dual Diagnosis Outreach Counsellor (DDOC) extends therapeutic support beyond the counselling room for LGBTI+ and HIV + people experiencing support needs around both mental health and alcohol and drug support. This role is designed to remove barriers to service access for people unable to access site-based AOD Counselling services, offering support in safe and appropriate community settings. This role has a strong trauma-informed, harm-reduction focus, and is supports skill development in stabilisation and emotional regulation. DDOC sits as a ''step-up/step-down'' service, with clients able to move into site-based AOD counselling or Care and Recovery Coordination support when appropriate.
Experienced Alcohol and Other Drug Counsellors can meet with you one on one to discuss goals and concerns around your alcohol or drug use.
You may wish to learn more about the effects of drug use on your health or mental health, find strategies to better control or reduce your drug use or access support to stop using completely and improve your well-being. Our AOD Counselling team can offer in person or telehealth support.