Urgent Help
IS THIS AN EMERGENCY? Are you or others in danger? Do you need an ambulance or the police? 24 HOURS
Lifeline 24 hour phone line for crisis support and suicide prevention. 24 HOURS
13YARN 24 hour crisis phone line support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. 24 HOURS


Located in leafy Eltham, Birribi Residential Rehabilitation is surrounded by nature – you might even spot a kangaroo!

This peaceful space gives you a chance to reflect on yourself and focus on what you want to get out of your time here.

Staff and other residents will support you to settle into the environment, teach you what is expected of you and encourage your progress through the stages of the program.

You will enjoy being part of a community that helps each other, and guides your to move forward in a way that is right for you.

Reach out to YSAS Birribi by giving us a call.

Site Manager Kellie
(03) 9430 2300


Residential Rehabilitation

Birribi is a structured, supportive rehabilitative program that gives you an opportunity to manage your drug and/or alcohol issues in a drug free space.

Birribi is a 15 bed therapeutic community that provides support for up to 6 months for young people 16 – 20 years and is a chance to work on your health, wellbeing and substance use.

The program includes individual and group therapy, counselling, primary health and mental health support, regular recreational, educational, training opportunities, and development of important life skills including community living and shared responsibility.

A youth worker will be able to talk with you about what impacts your use, how using drugs affects different parts of your life, and also help you to plan and practice strategies to maintain changes and keep yourself healthy and safe.

YSAS Rehabilitation Services are free, confidential and voluntary.

Referrals can be made by:

• Young people or family members/loved ones
• YSAS Community Programs
• Through community alcohol and other drug services, GPs, primary and mental health service, youth justice and homelessness services

Things to think about

If you decide to go to rehab you will have some meetings beforehand with staff. You will be asked a lot of questions and they will collect quite a bit of information. This is so that you can be safe and to make sure you are ready to start the program. You will also be able to ask them questions about what to expect and also tell them what you want and need to feel supported.

Before going to rehab you will need to have withdrawn from substances – this may mean attending a withdrawal unit or a home-based withdrawal and then be able to show you haven’t been using drugs for a little while. The best way to do this is a urine drug screen – you will be able to talk to staff about if/when you need to do this and also how to go about it.

Who is this best for? This program is a good option if:

• Your drug and/or alcohol use has been getting out of control
• You really want to make some changes and be drug free for a longer time
• You are not working or going to school