Since 1998, Bridges has demonstrated its commitment to the community of the Wide Bay Burnett
Acknowledgement of Country: Bridges pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging. We celebrate the stories, culture and traditions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders of all communities who also work and live on this land.
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Bridges is on a mission to improve the health, social, and economic outcomes for people of all ages and communities.
Bridges is a leader in the design and delivery of innovative, contemporary programs and services. We demonstrate our commitment to the health and wellbeing of Queensland communities. This is done through place-based solutions, self-determination, and ongoing advocacy for improved systems and approaches for people who face adversity, marginalisation and discrimination.
At Bridges, we value:
Bridges is Wide Bay's longest established, leading provider of community-based mental health and drug and alcohol services, with a strong commitment to providing new initiatives and evidence-based processes to enhance and deliver for people at risk and facing adversity within the services catchment.
Bridges have expanded their footprint through Central Queensland to deliver services in Rockhampton, Gladstone, Agnes Water and surrounding towns in the Central Queensland Region. Our team provides services as far south as the Sunshine Coast, West to Dalby, Miles, Cherbourg, and through both the South and North Burnett Regions.
Our Services include allied health, psychological services, community-based mental health services, counselling and support programs for children, youth, adults, families and carers. Bridges offer a disability employment and NDIS support services in several areas in Regional Queensland.
Bridges delivers innovative projects to increase awareness and understanding of mental illness, drugs, and alcohol to reduce stigma and discrimination and improve models of service delivery.
The organisation provides offender services for people with experiences of correctional facilities, as well as a Youth Bail Support Service to help young people get on the right track. We provide individualised support for people with mental illness released from Central Queensland Correctional Centres, as well as pre and post transition support services in the North Coast Queensland Corrective Services Catchment.
Our staff have qualifications and experience in either mental health or alcohol and other drugs, or both.
We have several staff whom identify as having lived experience of mental illness or substance misuse, we also employ cultural workers and intentional peer support workers.
Our leadership has organised Bridges to ensure that all programs have sufficient support, expertise and resources to:
(a) deliver predetermined outcomes within budget, and satisfy reporting and evaluation requirements
(b) operate within the parameters of our policies and procedures
Bridges' board and senior management team have made a commitment to an inclusive and supportive environment for all staff.
That commitment includes continued professional development, clinical supervision, clinical governance and regular performance reviews.
Bridges is a public company limited by guarantee and a registered not-for-profit. We are governed by the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profit Commission, and the Australian Securities and Investments Commission.
Our board consists of representatives with qualifications and experience in law, business, finance, marketing, governance, and community development.