The Goldbridge Intake

Assessment Service seeks to identify an individual’s needs in overcoming Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) misuse, we then match personal circumstances with the most appropriate treatment.

The Initial Contact

The initial contact is a brief screening it will be conducted (approximatley 10 mins) . The person seeking assistance is to contact Goldbridge on (07) 5503 1255  during this phone conversation basic information will be gathered. An assessment worker will contact you within two working days to arrange a face to face  or a phone interview .

The Assessment Interview

Complete the Assessment Interview (approximately one – two hours) at the Goldbridge Corporate Office or via telephone.

After the interview you may be asked to provide information to the assessment worker


Maintain regular phone contact following the assessment on Tuesdays and Thursdays, between 10.00am to 12.00pd

Goldbridge liaises closely with local services and GPs, and supports direct transition from detox to residential care through the Goldbridge Residential Therapeutic Community (TC) program

If Goldbridge is unable to assist you directly, we will attempt to refer you to a service which may better suit your needs

Goldbridge Entry Criteria:
Age: 21 to 65 years
Agreement to abide by the Therapeutic Community (TC) program rules:No drug or Alcohol Use.
No Stealing.
No violence or threats of violence.
No sexual activity between  TC members.
Be abstinent and detoxed as required (either in a detoxification facility or a medically assisted detoxification with assistance from your treating GP).  Our intake workers will assist you with this and assess your detoxification needs.
You need to discuss options with the Intake Officer if you do not have a current Medicare and Healthcare card.
Admission fee (notified during assessment interview) is payable on the day.
Ability to pay fortnightly support payments (self funded or assignment of Centrelink payment).

Admission Planning

Getting your affairs in order and withdrawal management 
your affairs –

It is important to begin planning your affairs to come and stay at Goldbridge for your recovery , if you have difficulties with these tasks , Goldbridge staff members are available to help, simply phone us .

the types of affairs that require planning are

  • Work or study
  • Self – employment
  • Informing friends, family
  • Informing age appropriate children
  • someone caring for pets
  • Financial issues and bills
  • Legal concerns
  • Packing for your time away
  • withdrawal management –

Your withdrawal is an important part of the process, a withdrawal in a formal withdrawal program  is recommended if our assessment team requires it and referrs you.

If your withdrawal is not as complex you may beable to complete  this with an outpaient service such as AODS or your GP, in this case you will be required to provide evidence of a full withdrawal by completeing an Alcohol and other drug urine testing . This must be disscussed with intake an assessment team, an inpaient withdrawal may be more siutable.

contact a withdrawal unit, click here for the closest Withdrawal Units to Goldbridge.

What to bring and what not to bring 

Please do not bring –

  • Valuables e.g. jewellery or other expensive personal item
  • Knives or items that could be used as weapons
  • Motor vehicles
  • Aerosols Sprays , including hair spray, deodorant.
  • Coffee or tea(supplied)
  • Washing powder (supplied)
  • Food items (supplied)
  • Pets or animals
  • Ipads, laptops, and speakers,
  • No wifi connectable units and devices
  • Click here to download the leaflet for the Allowed Music Players  at Goldbridge

Get Ready For Admission

On the day of admission please have your

  • Centerlink benefit (CRN) card
  • Medicare card, if you have lost these we can support you in contacting Medicare to obtain these details , however, please bring Identification along with you.
  • adequate casual modest clothing (maximum 1 large bag and 1 small bag)
  • closed toe shoes and thongs (sneakers are preferable)
  • If you are on medications bring a one months  supply of your medications in their original containers including including labels with your name on it.
  • Three weeks worth of tobacco
  • $30.00 to purchase personal items e.g. phone cals, weekend snacks  refreshment, personal toiletries etc.

Centerlink Benefit Contribution

To discuss your financial contribution toward participation in the program, this will be discussed throughout the assessment interview . The residents Centerlink payment goes into a supervised trust fund account and you will receive a weekly allowance for personal expenses. Come prepared with enough personal resources to last approximately 3 weeks, it sometimes take this long for centerlink benefit to build up into your account. .

There is no borrowing , buying or lending money.

Settle all bills, loans or direct debits or put them on hold or possibly allocate someone to do this for you prior to admission.

Self Funding

Self funding is also an available option for finacial contribution  towards your particpiation in the program. Residents contribution will be discussed during the assessment interview, Self funding clients must be two weeks in advance for treatment at all times.


Please click her for Frequently Asked Questions

Contact the assessment worker