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Alcohol and other drug support services for culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities are continuing in western and south-west Sydney

4 Aug 2022

Odyssey NSW was approached to deliver Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) specialist Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) programs and services that had previously been provided by DAMEC since 1989.

While DAMEC will officially cease to operate 1 October 2022, Odyssey NSW will continue these services under a new name and look. Please see attached communication from NSW Health.

Our key priority is to ensure that clients receive continuity of care and that clients of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds have equitable access to our services that are culturally responsive, safe and high quality.


This service aims to strengthen and support community partnerships to collectively contribute to preventing harms related to substance use in identified cultural and linguistically diverse communities. Some of the services offered include:

– Case management and care coordination

– Psychosocial counselling and support

– Targeted education and community capacity building activities


In commencing these highly specialised services which link to culturally and linguistically diverse communities across Western & South Western Sydney it is important for Odyssey NSW that the name reflects the change in leadership and aligns with the One Odyssey model. Our focus is to ensure:

-We bring distinct CALD specialist expertise to supporting CALD individuals and communities.

-We ensure the needs of CALD individuals and communities are understood and supported across the broader Alcohol and Other Drugs sector.

– Speak on behalf of our clients and represent these needs.


We look forward to building on our connections with local communities.