Drug & Alcohol Recovery and Education Centre

"Turning Lives Around"

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Watershed (formerly the Wollongong Crisis Centre) was established in 1978 by a group of concerned community members and Alcohol and other Drugs (A&OD) workers, who had identified an innovative way to help dependant members of the community, find a more productive way of living. From the humble beginning of the first drug detoxification and rehabilitation service in the Illawarra, Watershed has evolved into a widely recognised, respected and professional organisation.

In 1996 Watershed became the first residential detoxification and rehabilitation service to achieve National Accreditation, measured against CHASP standards, for the provision of a quality service. Through the years the organisation has proven a demonstrated ability to survive the early days of its evolution, the ever-changing trends in the alcohol and drug field and to stay abreast of current cutting edge initiatives.

Watershed remains a non-profit organisation governed by a volunteer Community Board of Management and is primarily funded by NSW Health and the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing.


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Watershed acknowledges the traditional custodians of country and their continuing connection to land, culture and community. We pay our respects to elders past, present and future.

Watershed holds accreditation with the Australian Council on Health Care Standards (ACHS).

Formerly: Wollongong Crisis Centre

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