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Karralika History

Karralika Programs Inc. has been operating in the ACT for 40 years, supporting adults and their families in Canberra and surrounding regions through a range of alcohol and drug programs.

The original Karralika Homestead in Fadden was built as a family home in 1967 for Dr Angus and the Angus family. In 1976 the ACT government acquired the property to address a growing need for facilities and services to support those impacted by alcohol and other drugs.

It was agreed the Karralika building should become a Therapeutic Community run by a non-government organisation and in 1976 the Alcohol and Drug Foundation (ADFACT) was established, with Karralika taking its first residents later that year.

In 1988 a second premises was built at Isabella Plains, with other community houses added through the late 1980s leading to the formal establishment of the Adult Program and Family Programs in 1989.

Over the past 20 years Karralika has expanded its programs and services reaching clients in our residential facilities, justice system and in the community with education, counselling and  support.

In 2011 ADFACT change its name to  Karralika Programs Inc. and in 2018 we strengthened the voice of those who have experienced our services by establishing our Consumer Advisory Body.

In recent years we have expanded our services into NSW with funding to reach young people in Wagga and the South Coast and in 2021 we became part of a  consortium in NSW supporting the development of strong partnerships amongst community organisations, local service providers and government agencies to prevent and reduce the harm associated with the use of alcohol and other drugs.

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