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Banyan House was established in the mid-1970s as a result of concerns about the growing problem of heroin addiction in the Darwin area and the sustained efforts of concerned people in the legal profession, health sector and government agencies including Police, Courts and Health. 

Banyan House was originally located in a small cottage in Rapid Creek and derived its name from a banyan tree planted in the front garden of its original location. Activities outgrew this location and through the generosity of the NT Government, Banyan House was provided a lease on ex-institutional residential facilities at Berrimah and moved into these premises in 1992.

The Northern Territory Government was again generous in providing funds to rebuild the facility in 2007 into a modern residential rehabilitation facility. Rebuilding was completed mid 2009 providing the Northern Territory with a modern and contemporary recovery treatment facility.

Banyan House clinical practice has been subject to similar continuous improvement since inception. The Forster Foundation’s Board and Banyan House staff are committed to good clinical and corporate governance and practice, all focused on assisting clients effective progress through recovery.

A purpose build, well maintained facility, an energetic Board, and the focus and commitment of our staff on holistic client recovery and growth, equip Banyan House to provide services in the Northern Territory to people seeking treatment for alcohol and other drug addictions.