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Triple Care Farm

Mission Australia’s Triple Care Farm is a youth drug and alcohol program offering withdrawal, rehabilitation and aftercare support to 16-24 year old Australians.

triple care farm building on rural property

Sir David Martin Foundation is the major funder of Mission Australia’s Triple Care Farm, aiming to give vulnerable young people a safe place to get well and prepare for new opportunities. Through Triple Care Farm and the individual’s commitment, young people’s lives are saved – moving from a high risk of suicide to hope for a brighter future.

Breaking the cycle of addiction

Triple Care Farm is youth-focused and helps young people to make long-term changes in their lives. The challenges of young people seeking support include:

  • Drug and alcohol misuse
  • Mental illness and risk of Suicide
  • Homelessness
  • Unemployment
  • Family breakdown
young woman leaning against a fence outside and smiling

Model of treatment

Triple Care Farm is holistic, innovative and evidence-based. Many young people have underlying mental illness and have not had the stability of a regular home.

The young person’s voluntary commitment to their treatment is vital.

The Withdrawal Program is for 2-4 weeks, Residential Rehabilitation Program is for 12 weeks, and all graduates receive up to 6 months of Aftercare to support them in the community.

The living area at David Martin Place with a sofa, bookshelf full of board games, and TV.
Young person tending to vegetable beds at Triple Care Farm

Impact

For young people

(based on Withdrawal program, six months after graduating)

  • 99% reduction in chronic substance use
  • 88% reduction in suicide attempts
  • 78% in stable housing
  • 78% engaged in education and employment
  • Over 3000 young lives saved

For society

  • Societal cost: every $1 invested in alcohol and drug treatment results in a $7 benefit to the Australian community.*
  • Treatment works: empowering vulnerable young people to find a healthy, productive life.
  • Breaks the cycle: participation in the programs keep vulnerable young people out of hospital and jail.

*Every $1 invested in alcohol and drug treatment results in a $7 benefit to the Australian community by improving health outcomes, reducing criminal behaviour and increasing psychological wellbeing and participation in the community. The improvements directly translate into savings achieved through a reduction of health care costs, less demand on the criminal justice system and gains in productivity.

Source: Sir David Martin Foundation 2020, Evolve 2020: Are we doing enough for young people with drug and alcohol addiction?, p. 23.

Josie takes back control

After fleeing home, Josie was sleeping rough for months. Living in such dangerous and vulnerable circumstances led her to becoming victim to sexual abuse and rape. She was ‘using’ whenever she could.

At Triple Care Farm, she began to recognise how the abuse she suffered was shaping her life and learnt how to take back control. Through the program Josie worked on her self-worth and confidence and found what made her strong and happy. She now lives in safe accommodation, is working and enjoying looking after herself and her adopted rescue dog.

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Josie, young Triple Care Farm student, standing outside and smiling
Sir David Martin Foundation, proud philanthropic partner of Mission Australia

Sir David Martin Foundation thanks Mission Australia, our service partner for Triple Care Farm and the Youth Network Aftercare program.
Mission Australia own and run Triple Care Farm.