History of Wayback
In 1963 Dr Dalton became interested in the treatment of drug and alcohol addiction whilst working overseas. On her return to Australia in 1966 she established the first Drug & Alcohol Unit whilst working for the Health Department and found that heroin addiction was becoming an increasing problem in Australia with the majority of people with heroin addictions continually relapsing.
Dr Dalton took the controversial step of introducing methadone to ‘blockade’ the desire for heroin thus reversing the high relapse rate. Strong controversies raged over the use of methadone as a ‘blockade treatment’ of heroin over the next decade. These controversies battered Dr Dalton mercilessly, however her determination to help people with addiction return to a normal life was resolute and eventually scientific research supported her stand.
Although a distinguished Psychiatrist who could easily command a lucrative career Dr Dalton’s heart was with those caught in addiction. Dr Dalton went on to establish Wayback in 1969 and grow it into a successful rehabilitation organisation that became a forerunner in methadone treatment and transformed the lives of so many people.
Dr Dalton became a leading figure in the treatment of addictions and was sought after speaker in rehabilitation matters receiving a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for her services to medicine, research and drug and alcohol rehabilitation.
Those who pass through Wayback and similar rehabilitation centres owe their life to Dr Dalton.
Dr Stella Dalton