Volatile Substance Misuse Program

Funding Agency: Queensland Government – Department of Communities

Funded Initiative: Addressing volatile substance misuse

Funded Period: 1 January 2011 – 30 June 2014. Extended to 30 September 2014.  COMPLETED

Addressing Volatile Substance Misuse


The AVSM programs provides a variety of services to young people aged between 12-17 in Rockhampton who are misusing, or are at risk of misusing, volatile substances (VSM).

The AVSM program takes a 4 pronged approach to provide holistic support to young people and their families to reduce the harm of VSM and the address the social issues that are closely associated with it.


These include:

  • Outreach Services
  • Youth Support Services
  • Case Management
  • Diversionary Activity.


Our Outreach Services are a mobile unit who frequent ‘VSM Hotspots’ providing

  • ‘on the spot’ needs assessment,
  • first aid,
  • rest and recovery from the effects of VSM and,
  • transport to a place of safety,

Supporting young people affected by VSM, 4 nights a week from 6pm – midnight; Outreach also makes referrals for the clients they engage to our Youth Support Services.


The AVSM also offers a range of Group Diversionary Activities designed to enhance:

  • Personal Development
  • Community Engagement
  • Health and Wellbeing and,
  • Cultural Identity


Through a variety of ‘real life’ activities our support workers provide strengths-based support through a positive role model approach to help our young people address their volatile substance misuse. We offer personal support, life-skills development, cultural enhancement, education & training support, introduction & referral to other support services and sports and recreation.


The AVSM creates strong relationships with a number of Community service providers and other community stakeholders to provide a holistic approach to delivering quality services to our young at-risk clients and their families. We work collaboratively with other organisations to ensure that our clients get services that are relative to their needs and so they receive support they need to follow a sustainable plan to realise their goals.


Our services are non-judgemental and are delivered from an Indigenous philosophy of caring for and sharing with each other.


Programs currently on offer for April – June 2014 include:

  • Yadaba
  • Cultural Arts Development (Fulltilt Film Festival)
  • Murri Art Workshops
  • The John Doyle Challenge and
  • Easter School Holiday programs

Client Confidentiality

All client information is treated confidentially. To help you to meet your needs, we can also make referrals to other DCYSI Programs or to other Community Organisations and / or Agencies. Referrals are only made upon receipt of your consent.


For Further Information                

Please contact DCYSI on 4922 6180 and ask to speak to Ben Atkins, the Senior Support Worker.