Connecting for Men’s Health

Men’s Health Week (14-20 June) It’s Men’s Health Week. In Australia, this gives us a platform to challenge the key issues affecting men’s health. For insight into men’s health challenges, barriers to seeking support and how we can work together to overcome them, we spoke to...

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Art Therapy at St Kilda and Dandenong

Art Therapy is a special and much-loved part of Windana’s recovery program. We spoke with Sandra, one of Windana’s Art Therapists, to tell us more about the program in St Kilda and Dandenong. “Creating art can be therapeutic and empowering, and helps to express your...

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CEO Announcement

A message from Jenny Gillam, Windana Chair With mixed feelings I announce that after eight years as CEO, Anne-Maree Kaser will be leaving Windana in July. While I’m sad to see Anne-Maree leave after an incredible time leading Windana, I’m proud of what she has achieved and am excited...

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A photo of a person wearing a graduation hat, smiling. Text reads: Sandra is Windana’s Manager Withdrawal & Coordinated Care, and a nurse. “As nurses we are incredibly privileged to share in special moments of people’s lives.” and "Sandra completed her master’s degree in April 2020, but was able to graduate this year with the easing of COVID restrictions."

Celebrating nurses at Windana – a chat with Sandra

On 12 May each year, International Nurses Day encourages us to appreciate the extraordinary contributions nurses make to society. To mark the occasion, we caught up with Sandra, who is Windana’s Manager Withdrawal and Coordinated Care and an experienced nurse. Sandra talks about the...

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A timber house painted cream and grey. Bushes and trees surround the structure. On the right is the quote: “Windana’s holistic care is at the forefront at WYCH. Key to this is getting to know the young people who come into WYCH, finding out more about their story and then tailoring the support around them.“Windana’s holistic care is at the forefront at WYCH. Key to this is getting to know the young people who come into WYCH, finding out more about their story and then tailoring the support around them.”A timber house painted cream and grey. Bushes and trees surround the structure. On the right is the quote: "Windana Youth Community House - Each young person’s story is unique. The team get to know the young people who come into WYCH, find out more about their story, and then tailor the support around them.”

A day at Windana Youth Community House

With COVID restrictions easing this year, we were excited to start getting out to Windana’s locations and shadowing a team for a day. Our first visit was to Windana Youth Community House (WYCH) in late March. Nestled on a corner block on Clow Street in Dandenong, WYCH is a 7-bed...

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In the garden at MTC

As we move into the colder, greyer weather Jane Lean, Community Gardener at MTC has shared some photos showing creative works from the residents at MTC. “The ‘garden mandalas’ and kokedamas (hanging plants) are done as part of the wet weather program,” Jane...

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30-bed residential rehabilitation site under construction

  Exciting news! Our new 30-bed residential rehabilitation centre in Corio is under construction, and due for completion in the second half of 2021. We were delighted to ‘turn the sod’ recently with John Eren MP (State Member for Lara) and Modscape. When completed, this...

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Food as Medicine at Windana

Have you noticed how the food you eat can affect how you feel physically and emotionally? Too many highly processed, high sugar foods can leave you feeling sluggish and moody, while meals with lots of fresh whole foods can leave you feeling full of energy for hours after you’ve eaten....

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Becoming a Nurse Practitioner – Vanessa’s Journey

Vanessa started at Windana as a non-residential withdrawal nurse in 2014. After some time working with clients and GPs, Vanessa saw ways she could improve the outcomes for clients. “In 2014 I began sitting in consultation with clients and their GP. Clients presented anxious,...

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Windana’s first Peer Group in Ballarat – An interview with Duncan, Peer Support Worker

Our Peer Support Program is a vital part of resident’s recovery, offering invaluable support and insight for residents in treatment. Many of our Peer Support Workers are former clients, like Duncan, who last month established Windana’s first Peer Group based in Ballarat. Duncan has...

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