The Althea Wellness Centre offers health care services to anyone impacted by alcohol, drugs or other addictions, and does not have a GP.

The Centre focuses on providing a complete approach to health care by supporting clients and their families to live healthier lives.

Primary health care services include:

  • Diagnosis and treatment of acute health problems
  • Immunisation
  • Chronic disease management and care plans
  • Wound management and dressings
  • Vein care
  • Psychological services
  • Health promotion, coaching and support
  • Adult health checks
  • Quit smoking support
  • Dental referral

All services are provided free of charge. We can also assist people to access the low-cost ACT Health Dental service.

The centre is staffed by general practitioners as well as a psychologist and practice nurse. Althea is open 9 am – 5 pm, Monday to Wednesday.

Secondary health care can involve more specialised care and the centre works with other Directions programs as well as with other health agencies to make these services available. They include:

  • Counselling and case management
  • Support groups
  • Arcadia House detoxification, residential and day program
  • Needle and syringe program
  • GP practices and other suitable health services
  • Canberra Hospital Pain Management Unit
  • Hepatitis Resource Centre
  • Canberra Liver Clinic
  • ACT Dental Health Services
Althea Wellness Centre
Directions Health Services
Level 6, Cosmopolitan Centre, Woden Square, Woden ACT
PO Box 538, Woden ACT 2606

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“I leave with hope, a sense of purpose and some fear, but a better me than when I walked in”

Appointments are available Monday to Wednesday 9.00am to 5.00pm. It is important to confirm all appointments or cancel if unable to attend. We SMS or phone clients to confirm appointments or follow-up results; therefore up to date contact numbers need to be regularly maintained.

After Hours
If you require medical assistance after hours, you can contact the National Home Doctor Service on 137425 (13SICK). You can also contact Canberra After Hours Locum Medical Service (CALMS) on 1300 422 567.
For emergencies, please dial 000 for an ambulance or attend the Canberra Hospital or Calvary Hospital Emergency Departments.

Communication Policy
If you wish to contact the Althea Wellness Centre staff, please ring reception on 6132 4800 between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday.Please leave a message with the reception staff who will ensure the message is forwarded to the appropriate person. If your practitioner is not available and your call is urgent, please be sure to tell the person taking your message.

Billing procedures
All services provided by Althea Wellness Centre are free of charge. Please bring along your Medicare card.

Test results
Your doctor will advise when they expect your results to arrive at the practice. Call your doctor to find out your results and ask what they mean for your care.

All client consultations and medical records are confidential. It is a policy of this practice to maintain privacy and security of personal health information at all times. We ensure this information is only available to authorised members of staff or external organisations with client consent.