Alcohol and Drug Service

The Goulburn Valley Alcohol and Drug Service (GVADS) offers alcohol and drug treatment to adults (16+ years) in the Goulburn Valley region. This is a free service.

There are a variety treatment streams available:

Care and Recovery Coordination facilitates and coordinates the transition through alcohol and other drug services, from intake and assessment through to engagement with treatment and longer term recovery services.

Counselling incorporates face-to-face, online and telephone counselling for individuals and families, as well as group counselling and day programs.

Non-Residential Withdrawal Service is suitable for low–risk clients with sufficient stability and support in their lives to safely undertake a withdrawal episode in a non-residential environment.

If Alcohol and Drugs are impacting on your life or your loved one’s life, Goulburn Valley Alcohol and Drug Service (GVADS) can help.

Goulburn Valley Health, Odyssey House Victoria, Salvocare and Goulburn Valley Medicare Local have come together to form this service which provides extensive experience in the alcohol and drug treatment service sector. GVADS has linkages and partnerships with many other regional services and can facilitate referrals to these services as necessary. You can also talk to your GP or other health professional to discuss tailored treatment options that will work best for your individual needs.

Therapeutic Day Rehabilitation is a 10-week, non-residential rehabilitation program that provides a structured group program for anyone wishing to address their substance use.  Each participant will get an individual tailored treatment plan that matches them to the group modules that will assist them to address the impacts of substance use on their lives. We encourage each participant’s family and significant others to engage in the treatment journey with the participants.
We offer family sessions that look at how loved ones can assist and support the participant to practice what they have gained from the program. Direct referral can be made by phoning 1800 222 582.


To access GVADS, call ACSO the intake and assessment service on 1300 022 760
Monday to Friday 9.00 am – 5.00pm
or visit ACSO online at
You can request to be referred to Goulburn Valley Alcohol and Drug Service via ACSO.

For 24-hour advice, call DIRECTLINE on 1800 888 236.

GVADS 1800 222 582
For current GVADS clients

Helpful Links

ACSO Connect
headspace Shepparton
The Royal Women’s Hospital Alcohol and Drug Service

Goulburn Valley Alcohol and Drug Service is a partnership between:
Goulburn Valley Health, The Salvation Army and Odyssey House Victoria

Plans for Alcohol and Drugs Services

The Goulburn Valley Alcohol and other Drugs Services Plan 2015 – 2018 has been developed to put forward a shared vision for drug and alcohol services in the region.

The implementation of the plan is led by an advisory network made up of local services, universities, and community members. To achieve the vision and mission it is essential to work towards three high level outcomes: Prevention, protection and recovery.

The key priority areas for Years one and three are: Prevention, Service Development, Family Centred Practice, Quality and Safety, Workforce Development.


If you are interested in reading the background papers, please contact Christine Nunn, Catchment Planner,