Council for Aboriginal Alcohol Program Services Inc

CAAPS’ Healthy Families Program has developed over almost 30 years and is about people and their families coming together to deal with their substance use issues in a safe and supportive place.

Healthy Families



CAAPS Healthy Families 12 Week Residential Program focuses on providing families with a safe and supportive enviroment for which to address substance use issues. The program is made up of a range of different education sessions and activities that cover substance use, healthy lifestyles, livelihood, cultural sessions, art therapy and family relationships including the Triple P Parenting Program.

In addition to this, partcipants of the program have access to onsite counselling, specialist counselling, peer support groups ,housing and livelihood support. Each client is also assigned a casemanager to help partcipants work towards the goals that they have set for themselves during  their stay at CAAPS, as well as supporting clients in accessing further supports in their communities upon completion of the program.

Clients also enjoy a variety of recreational activities during their three months in the program which includes attendance at community events and family outings to many of Darwin's family friendly recreational parks.

Many families who have particpated in the Healthy Families Program believe it to be a great opportunity for the whole family to work together towards a better future away from substance use.

For enquiries or referrals please call (08)8922 4852 or email .


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Having a Nurse as part of the Healthy Families team at CAAPS means that participants of the program have direct onsite access to support for such issues incuding medication managment, wound care, chronic disease managment and prevention as well as many other health related issues.

 The CAAPS Clinical Nurse ensures that all partcipants entering the program recieve a full health check through Danila Dilba Medical Services as well as providing appropriate referal to other allied health services such as disability support, mental health support and chronic health support services.

The CAAPS clinical nurse also provides educational sessions as part of the Healthy Families Program aimed at providing information about healthy choices while also facilitating other service providers such as Bodyfit NT and Medicare Local in providing informational sessions that compliment the program.



Children who attend CAAPS with thier parents partcipate in the CAAPS Indigenous Children's Program. As part of this partcipation the children's workers support parents in engaging school aged children into local schools, developing effective daily routines and increasing parental capacity.

The Indigenous Children's Program provides daily activities for children who are not of school age to develop school ready skills and routines, age appropriate protective behaviours as well as a range of fun activities for the children to partcipate in while thier parents attend the Healthy Families Program. Each child that partcipates in the childrens program has a milestone development assessment to identify if further support is needed to address any developmental issues that children may have and appropriate referrals can be made where needed. 

In addition to this, the Children's Program also runs a homework centre twice a week for school aged children and provides partcipating children with protective behaviour education as well as providing school holiday programs throught the year. The children workers also provide support to parents who are in the process of child reunification through the Department of Children and Families.


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