Our History

Dr Raymond Hader

The Hader Clinic was founded in 1998 by Richard Smith during the Victorian heroin epidemic.  Richard held various positions in major health care institutions in Victoria before establishing the Hader Clinic in honour of his deceased friend and colleague, Dr Ray Hader. The vision had always been to create a program that would treat drug and alcohol problems holistically.  What started as a counselling practice has grown over time into one of the country’s most respected treatment programs, with facilities in Victoria, Queensland, and Indonesia.

The Clinic’s services evolved in the early years before settling on its ideal model, which continues to be used today.  From a counselling practice, called Counselling Solutions to Victoria’s first comprehensive accelerated opiate withdrawal and aftercare program, the Hader Clinic reached maturity in 2003 when it shifted emphasis to a residential rehabilitation program run according to a medically supervised therapeutic community model.  This was when it was able to start providing the full continuum of care, from assessment and withdrawal through to primary residential treatment and onto longer-term aftercare services such as transitional housing, outpatients and ongoing counselling and mentoring.  With the capacity to support addicts through all stages of the recovery process the results achieved were exceptional.  Addicts were not only getting clean but they were staying clean long term and really changing their lives.  When the model was expanded to include more structured support for families and loved ones, the outcomes improved again.

With a growing reputation, demand for services has also grown over the years and the Clinic has expanded to keep up.  This includes a suite of medical offices in central Melbourne and a therapeutic community in Geelong, as well as a number of transitional houses in Melbourne’s north and centre.  In 2016, we opened our first interstate program in Queensland with a large therapeutic community in Araluen, in the Hinterland of the Sunshine Coast and a medical clinic in Brisbane.

Internationally the Hader Clinic expanded under the Seasons brand and established our first international program in 2012 with Seasons Bali. In 2016 the Hader Clinic became the first program in South East Asia to achieve ISO9001 accreditation for Drug & Alcohol Rehabilitation Services.  To maintain certification it is required to adhere to strict quality standards and be able to prove continuous improvement in service delivering.

In 2012 the Hader Clinic became the first program in Victoria to achieve ISO9001 accreditation for Drug & Alcohol Rehabilitation Services.  To maintain certification it is required to adhere to strict quality standards and be able to prove continuous improvement in service delivery.  In 2015, the Clinic undertook its second external Clinical Audit, which measured program outcomes.  The excellent results confirmed that the multifaceted and thorough nature of the RHC treatment model and philosophy were continuing to change the lives of more and more addicts and their families.  The Clinic has also worked in partnership with training organisations for many years to provide nationally recognised Certificate IV and Diploma qualifications in Community Services (Alcohol and other Drugs) for workers in the AOD field, and clients in aftercare that may wish to make a career in this industry.

In 2016, The Hader Clinic established The Hader Institute, a nationally accredited registered training organization (RTO). The Hader Institute office a range of Certificate III, IV and Diploma certifications in AOD and Mental Health. In conjunction in this, we provide workplace training to facilitate students completion of their nationally recognized qualification.

From what was once a counselling service based at the GP office in Hawthorn now provides 160 beds across 5 facilities and 3 countries, The Hader Clinic is proud to continue to provide a service based on integrity and successful outcomes.

“It fills me with pride to think that for the first time in 20 years my mother sleeps soundly at night without worrying whether her son will be alive when she wakes. ”

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