Our History

Our History

The need for substance misuse intervention was identified by the Anglican Church of Yarrabah and the Yarrabah Aboriginal Shire Council, in the late 1970’s/early 1980’s.

The original “Yarrabah” Rehab was located on Stanley Street, near the current Yarrabah Aboriginal Shire Council administration building.

The current location of the centre was donated by the Connolly family at Juyuga. During this time the Gindaja Committee sought the support of Douglas House (Cairns Rehab).

In May 1988, the centre became independent from Douglas House and was later incorporated as a separate commercial organisation under the Aboriginal Corporations Act under the name of Yarrabah Substance Misuse Aboriginal Corporation (YSMAC).

In 2002, the centre changed its name to the Gindaja Substance Misuse Corporation.

Gindaja Treatment and Healing Centre has come a long way since these early days thanks to funding bodies including the Department of Health and Ageing – OATSIH Office, Aboriginal Hostels Limited and Queensland Health – QIADP Program. The service now has a streamlined professional approach and more programs available to clients.

The facility can now accommodate for up to 19 residents and offers a wide range of programs.