Pinangba – Cape York Family Centre
Pinangba – Cape York Family Centre
AddressFlaggy Road, Cooktown QLD, Australia
Intake number07 4082 2420 (general enquiries)
Intake opening hoursContact service for information.
About Pinangba – Cape York Family Centre
Pinangba is an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander-led service delivery arm of UnitingCare. The foundations of Pinangba are built from our cultural identity and strong community relationships and partnerships.
It provides residential alcohol and other drug rehabilitation services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families of Cape York in Far North Queensland at The Cape York Family Centre (CYFC). CYFC is a modified therapeutic model which incorporates a systemic family therapy framework to deliver treatment. It aims to deliver trauma-informed, culturally safe and responsive AOD residential rehabilitation services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families.
Adults admitted to the CYFC will attend daily programs inclusive of Relapse Prevention, Parenting (PPP & COS), Family Connections (Relationships & DFV), Culture, Men’s & Women’s Group, Health Promotion and Play & Learn. Children will attend Cooktown State School, Cooktown Daycare/kindy or attend child minding on site whilst parents attend program.
The program duration is 4-6 months and has 4 structured stages:
- Stage 1 (4-6 wks) Holding and Healing – Clients are supervised off site during this period to hold ongoing abstinence and support the healing journey.
- Stage 2 (6-10 wks) Looking Inwards – Clients are reflecting inwards and developing goals on their treatment plans.
- Stage 3 (10-20 wks) Looking Outwards – While progressing treatment plan goals clients are beginning to look outwards and test the relapse prevention skills they are developed during their stay..
- Stage 4 Aftercare – Clients will receive up to 18 months support via brief long therapy following their return to community
Intake, assessment and referral
Anyone can phone the service to make appointment. Self referral along with referrals from GP, other health professionals and external health & community service are welcomed. Initial assessment can be conducted via phone, in person or at client’s choice. An appropriate intake process will be organised with the client and the referrer.
Essential eligibility criteria includes:
- One member of the family unit has a current drug and/or alcohol issue
- The CYFC operates under an abstinence framework and clients participating in harm minimisation programs such as the Methadone program will not be eligible.
- The families community of origin is a welfare reform community Aurukun, Coen, Hopevale, Mossman Gorge or is in the local Cook area (Wujal Wujal and Laura) (Families who have strong family connections to these communities but are not currently residing in the community will also be considered)
- The family must have children currently residing with them or are actively pursuing reunification of their children. A 4 week timeframe for reunification back into the parent’s care following admission of the parent/s will be discussed with the family and services prior to approving admission.
- Parents are responsible for all aspects of their children’s care – SEWB, Physical, Emotional and Educational. (Support will be provided to parents via psychoeducational programs, family therapy and individual counselling.
- The family are aware of the referral and the purpose of the Centre has been discussed. (daily program attendance is mandatory)
- The family are willing to be assessed and are aware that the service is voluntary.
Clients are supported to access the Patient Transfer Scheme for transport to and from the service. During admission the CYFC will support client transport throughout the local Cooktown area as per the boarding agreement.