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Clarence Street

Clarence Street is part of the Mater Young Adult Health Centre. Located in South Brisbane, Clarence Street is a free, confidential service supporting young people to make positive changes to their alcohol and other drug use. Clarence Street offers a range of programs, including:

  • A residential program supporting young people aged 13-18 years to safely withdraw from substances
  • A community team providing specialist youth work to individual young people aged 13-25 years in the greater Brisbane area
  • A day program offering onsite vocational training, therapeutic group work, recreational activities, and support to prepare for work (for young people aged 13-25 years)

Clarence Street aims to:

  • Support young people to complete their withdrawal in a safe, comfortable and youth-friendly environment
  • Deliver evidence-based alcohol and other drug interventions to help young people reduce the risks and harms associated with substance use
  • Tailor interventions to suit the individual needs of the young person. This includes careful consideration of the young person’s level of motivation, as well as their personal goals, strengths, and support needs
  • Support young people to connect with other agencies and community services that can provide ongoing support as needed
  • Work collaboratively with young people to create a tailor-made support plan that promotes their overall health and wellbeing
  • Provide comprehensive support to parents, families, carers and other people with whom the young person shares an important relationship

The Clarence Street team

At Clarence Street, we are fortunate to have a diverse team of people from a range of professional backgrounds, including youth work, nursing, psychiatry, social work, occupational therapy, and psychology. Our team is experienced in working with young people with substance use concerns and is passionate about providing a high standard of care to young people and their families. When we meet a young person, we do our best to match them with a worker with whom they can build a connection. We understand that young people have different needs and preferences (e.g., preference for a female worker) and we are very happy to accommodate young people as best we can.

Referrals to Clarence Street

Clarence Street is a voluntary program. Getting in touch is easy. Young people can call directly to have a chat or find out more. We also welcome calls from families, as well as health and education professionals, community youth services, and other agencies. If you are interested in finding out more about our service, please give us a call on 07 3163 8400 anytime between 8 am and 4:30 pm Monday to Friday.

Support for families and carers of young people

We have family support counsellors available to families and significant others while young people are engaged in our programs at Clarence Street. 

Need help outside hours?

For free, anonymous alcohol and other drug support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, call the Alcohol and Drug Information Service (ADIS) on 1800 177 833. In the case of an emergency, call 000.

Need help with other issues?

Clarence Street works collaboratively with other agencies such as schools, youth services, community organisations, and acute mental health services. If a young person needs help with something outside our scope of practice, we will do our best to connect them with other support services.

Information for external agencies

For more information, please call 07 3163 8400 or click here to download a copy of our brochure. If you are interested in making a referral for a young person, please click here to download a copy of our referral form. Please note that if you are completing our referral form, consent must be obtained from the young person. 

Our location

Clarence Street is located at:
36-40 Clarence Street
South Brisbane QLD 4101

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Adolescent Drug and Alcohol Withdrawal Service (ADAWS)

The Adolescent Drug and Alcohol Withdrawal Service has been operating since 2000. ADAWS is a residential program for young people who live in Queensland. It is available to young people aged 13-18 years (up until their 19th birthday).
ADAWS is an 11 day ‘live in’ program supporting young people to safely withdraw from alcohol and other drugs. ADAWS provides a comprehensive program to enable young people to work towards their goals and achieve change in their lives.

The ADAWS program accommodates up to five young people at a time, providing individual rooms and 24-hour staff support.

While at ADAWS, young people are supported by youth workers to participate in group work and recreational activities, including going to the gym. Groups include coping with cravings, alcohol and other drug awareness, and relapse prevention. During their stay, young people will also have access to mental health and general health checks.


As young people transition back into the community, they often need ongoing support to manage the different challenges that arise.  Young people within the greater Brisbane area are supported to connect with other services at Clarence Street (e.g., individual outreach support).  Young people residing outside of the greater Brisbane area are supported to connect with other services closer to home.

Referrals to ADAWS

If you are interested in finding out more about the ADAWS program, please give us a call on 07 3163 8400 anytime between 8am and 4:30pm Monday to Friday.

Please note that involvement with our service is voluntary.

Axis Community Team

Axis is a specialist youth work service providing individual support to young people who are concerned about their alcohol and other drug use.  Appointments are hosted at Clarence Street or in the community within the greater Brisbane area. Young people are encouraged to nominate a meeting place that feels comfortable for them (e.g., cafe, shopping centre, school, or youth agency).

Axis offers young people an opportunity to develop  an individualised treatment program tailored to their level of motivation and their specific goals related to alcohol and other drug use. For some young people, catch-ups might be aimed at reducing their use or getting more control over it. For others, it might be about learning to use more safely or stopping altogether.

A variety of therapeutic interventions and activities are available to suit each young person, including counselling, family work, and care planning and coordination with stakeholders.

If young people have health concerns related to their substance use, they can access a nurse or GP.

The Clarence Street Day Program

Young people can attend the day program in our large and vibrant ‘Area 40’ space. The day program operates five days a week for young people aged 13-25 years, offering a range of activities to suit everyone. These include:


A vocational training program providing Certificates II and III in Hospitality and Retail. Young people attending PIVOT are supported to learn at their own pace.

Job Club

A program supporting young people to build skills to prepare for work or further training, e.g., résumé writing, preparing for interviews. 


A therapeutic group program supporting young people to enhance their motivation, build insight, and develop skills to cope with the emotional and interpersonal difficulties that often reinforce problematic substance use (by referral only).

Drop In

A safe place for young people to meet and participate in creative activities such as skateboard making, painting, screen printing, cooking, and playing music. Young people can attend Drop In every Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. No appointment necessary.