Our rural peer group (which we kicked off as a Facebook private group) started in 2018 with six people. Today we have close to 700 rural, regional and remote peers in the ''family'' as we call it. We've consistently asked questions and listened to our member feedback .... and the resounding request is that while most of us agree that we don't want to feel like we ''should be made to be anonymous'' that for a few, it's absolutely essential in the rural space which can be tiny, even if we are thousands of kilometres apart. Because we want EVERY SINGLE person to speak and contribute freely whenever they need to - we are transitioning (winter 2020, watch our socials) to a brand new highly-secure platform.The way it will work is outlined below. We're calling it the SITC Bush Tribe.

CURRENT FORMAT: 

  • Facebook Private & Closed group

  • Users have to interact under their 'real life' profile

  • ID focus is strictly rural, regional, remote peers and professionals

  • Free of charge and admin is voluntary by Shanna Whan, CEO.

  • Peer-to-peer online discussions only - no physician support

NEW LOOK FORMAT - coming soon:

  • Web-based platform with very similar functionality to Facebook

  • Users can be 100% anonymous and use fake names / profiles

  • ID focus is strictly rural, regional, remote peers and professionals

  • Member sponsored platform

  • Shanna Whan, CEO will remain in place as facilitator and admin 

  • Felicity Nolen will provide systems-support for users

  • Strict application process will be in place to ensure you are who you say you are before 'entry' under your avatar or username of choice 

  • Zoom meetings weekly for rural peers, state-by-state

  • Choice of entirely anonymous or in real time

  • Resources / links / library / affiliate suggestions and options

  • Option to pose questions, start side-chats, and seek a ''sponsor''

* you acknowledge by asking to join that you have read the information below including website Terms & Conditions

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

 

 

HOW DOES IT WORK?

We are a peer discussion platform only - and not a substitute for medical advice.

We are NOT Government funded.

WHAT IS IT?

The Bush Tribe is a laser-focused group of peers in rural, regional and remote Australia who share the same wish to either drink less or not at all. Some of our members are sober curious and others are recovered alcoholics. The beauty of the group is that everyone's welcome, no matter which end of the alcohol-free discussion they fit into.

WHAT WILL THE NEW PLATFORM LOOK LIKE?

Very similar to Facebook. Don't stress. The major changes are ALL good news - as per above.

WILL I KNOW WHEN IT SWITCHES?

Yes, we won't leave you behind.

Existing members will have to re-apply to join the new Tribe (purely for our paperwork and admin.)

But by the same token, watch the page, and be involved.

We will transition steadily, and Felicity will run training sessions.

DO I NEED TO SHARE AND BE INVOLVED?

As has been our rule of thumb on the Facebook group, there will be no obligations.

BUT .. as with anything to do with health and sobriety and as is our philosophy - the more you give, the more you get.

Given you can post anonymously in the new group you have no reason to feel intimidated, either.

IS THIS A ''PROGRAMME''?

No. It is peer support only. Upon joining you'll be asked to acknowledge that by doing so you are agreeing to be looking for (or are already in the process of) external programme support or professional advise if that is what you require. Our website TERMS & CONDITIONS explain at great length that we aren't a substitute for professional help. We are not doctors, financial advisors or relationship experts. So, we keep the focus and don't delve into those areas.

DO I HAVE TO PAY TO BE A MEMBER?

The old group, no. The new group, yes. Our old Facebook group has been voluntarily run for several years but in the coming months we are transitioning to a member supported new platform to ensure future viability. Members will be paying $1 per day. We are not Government funded, and we exist because we acknowledge the Government is not meeting the needs of rural people.

WHAT IF I CANNOT AFFORD ONE DOLLAR A DAY?

Our resources section is filled with free and Government-funded options.

HOW DO WE JOIN THE NEW PLATFORM?

Watch the ''announcements'' (top of the page) on our Facebook group. All will be explained. You will have to go through the join up process again, as we will have tighter security measures in place this time around.

CAN I USE A FAKE PROFILE?

In the new group, yes you can, once you've registered and proven you're ''you'' .... 

HOW DOES THE ADMIN WORK?

Shanna Whan, our CEO, monitors and admins the page. She is tough but fair. We don't have any room for blurred guidelines and member safety is non-negotiable. The guidelines are clear, and we don't tolerate abuse.

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''There comes a point where we need to stop pulling people out of the river and head upstream to find out why they keep falling in'' - Desmond Tutu

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