The WA AIDS Council and Next Step Alcohol and Drug Service, East Perth have worked together for a number of years, assisting each other with workforce development in their respective areas of specialty. From July 2017, Next Step will begin delivering an outreach service at the M Clinic. The service is designed to be an open-door to gay, bisexual and other homosexually active men, to access peer-based, non-judgemental, friendly and tailored services. This includes general information, education, referral and support with any difficulties they may be experiencing with their substance use.
The idea to co-locate sexual health and alcohol and other drug (AOD) services is not a new one – in fact, 56 Dean Street has modelled how this integration of services can achieve phenomenal results, when provided with sound peer support. M Clinic Manager, Justin Manuel, says, “A lot of our clients just don’t feel comfortable taking that step into an external service, especially if they’ve had poor experiences with traditional AOD services in the past, or know someone who has. The co-location within M Clinic allows clients to remain in a comfortable setting to begin accessing information and support.”
The services commence on Tuesday 4th July, and will initially run fortnightly from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. Clients are free to drop-in between those times, or alternatively, can make an appointment by contacting M Clinic.