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Getting prepared to ask: “R U OK?”

Care warning: this story discusses mental health issues and alcohol/other drugs. Today is R U OK? Day. It’s a reminder to connect with others and offer support if someone is struggling. This year’s message is “No qualifications needed” – as any of us can start a conversation. We...

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International Overdose Awareness Day 2022

Care warning: this story discusses drug overdose and lives lost. Each year International Overdose Awareness Day takes place on 31 August. It’s a campaign to end overdose, remember those who have been lost, acknowledge family and friends left behind and remind us to always...

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Landcare: A meaningful activity for Maryknoll TC residents

As part of Maryknoll TC’s Community Programs, our residents take part in Landcare groups across West Gippsland and beyond. Their work is transformative – not just for the landscape but for personal physical, mental, and social wellbeing. Richard Price (Maryknoll’s Recreation and...

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NAIDOC Week 2022 – Opinion Piece by Andrea McLeod

By Andrea McLeod, Windana CEO This year’s theme for NAIDOC week is Get up! Stand up! Show up! It’s an important reminder for us all that while some significant steps have been taken in Victoria to address the stark inequity between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and...

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Tiesha smiling. Quote alongside reads: “Care and Recovery Coordination is a fantastic opportunity for individuals to engage with a coordinator that can provide a myriad of supports. You do not need to do it alone, there is hope!”. Text below reads: "A story with Tiesha, one of Windana's Care and Recovery Coordinators.

Care and Recovery Coordination at Windana

Care and Recovery Coordination is a catchment-based service that supports individuals experiencing complex challenges to achieve their recovery goals. Since changes to the Victorian service in 2014, the role of Care and Recovery Coordination has been focused on providing care that is...

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Family support at Windana

With 34% of people who use our services having children or dependents, there’s a definite need to support clients as they work towards achieving their family relationship goals. We spoke with Kaydee, Windana’s Program Coordinator Community Services, to find out why it’s so important...

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Q&A with Ryan, Nurse Practitioner at Windana

Enrolled Nurses, Registered Nurses and Nurse Practitioners support clients and other staff right across Windana’s services. For International Nurses Day 2022 we caught up with Ryan, who’s a Nurse Practitioner in our Non-Residential Withdrawal (NRW) team, to learn about being a Nurse...

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An illustration of two people reaching out to each other over a barrier. Quote alongside reads “It’s the human experience and need for connection that unites everybody.” Text beneath the quote reads: A story about Peer Support with Kate from the Grampians TC team.

The Power of Peer Support

At Maryknoll, Grampians and Barwon TCs, Peer Support Workers draw on lived experience to support people during rehabilitation. Kate – who was Peer Support Worker at Grampians before moving into an Aftercare role – tells us about her journey and the significance of Peer Support at...

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Statement – Windana supports the recent Bill decriminalising the use and possession of illicit drugs

Windana is proud to support the Bill recently tabled by Fiona Patten MP to decriminalise the use and possession of small quantities of illicit drugs in Victoria. We all want a society where people can be free from the harmful effects of drug dependence. However, it’s clear the current...

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Partner Release – Windana’s Barwon TC Now Open

New Corio Rehab Centre Delivered 15 February 2022, Premier of Victoria, The Hon Daniel Andrews Residents across Geelong and the Barwon region will get the support they need to recover from drug and alcohol addiction, with construction now complete on a new state-of-the-art alcohol and...

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