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2021 Annual Report published

in News
8 Dec 2021

Today we released our Odyssey House NSW 2021 Annual Report, detailing the extent of our social impact, and highlighting the increase in treatment services reaching an all-time with 18% more clients than last year.

“While we have served 3,206 people in the past year, our impact extends far beyond the direct care of our clients to significantly improving family relationships, this may be a parent, partner or child – we are reconnecting families” said Julie Babineau, CEO Odyssey House.

The report reveals a significant rise in the need for treatment over the past year, with OHNSW averaging 500 monthly requests for information, advice or admission and treating 18% more clients than the year before by adapting to the ever-changing environment and moving community-based services online.

Below, a snapshot of key data pulled from this years’ annual report:

  • – Clients’ principal drug of concern in Residential Services was Amphetamine Type Substances (53 per cent) and in Community Services was alcohol (39 per cent).
  • – OHNSW helped 3206 clients including 3006 through community services and 311 through residential programs, with some clients accessing both.
  • – 34% of clients came to OHNSW through the criminal justice system.
  • – More than half of clients presented with a mental health diagnosis, mainly depression (30%) and/or anxiety (24%) but also post-traumatic stress disorder (12%) and schizophrenia/schizoaffective disorder (8%).
  • – Odyssey College – the education arm of Odyssey House NSW, delivered over 7,000 units of education. In line with clients AOD recovery journey, the college have helped provide clients with a rich and worthwhile educational experience enabling them to re-enter the workforce.
  • – We are supporting more than 60 NSW Community Drug Action Teams across NSW, with a plan to build the CDAT footprint to 80 teams in the next few years.


This year also saw OHNSW finalising plans to double family accommodation for the residential Parent’s and Children’s Program which is planned to finish construction in the first half of 2022.