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Meet our people: Joanne Caruso

For the second profile in Windana’s ‘Meet our People’ series we introduce Joanne Caruso, our General Manager People, Safety & Quality. Jo joined Windana with a vision of enabling staff to live the Windana’s values every day – so residents and clients continue to experience...

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Exploring harm reduction at Windana

Care warning: this story discusses overdose.  At Windana, we believe that harm reduction belongs at the core of any truly client-centered response to substance use. We are a strong advocate for embedding evidence-based harm reduction approaches into responses to substance use issues,...

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Inside the Adult Withdrawal Admissions process

When people are referred to Windana, our Intake and Admissions staff focus on getting to know each new client to understand their goals. The aim is to help people access the right treatment, as smoothly as possible. Goldie works with people referred to Windana’s Adult Withdrawal (detox)...

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Windana’s new Strategic Plan

We’re excited to release Windana’s Strategic Plan for 2023-25 and share our vision for the future and commitment to our clients and residents. Our plan acknowledges the importance of investing in our people, systems and infrastructure to ensure we can continue our life changing work....

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Meet our people: Mark O’Brien

In this new story series, we’re introducing you to Windana’s General Managers. First up is Mark O’Brien, who joined us in 2022 as General Manager Rehabilitation Services – leading our Maryknoll, Grampians and Barwon Therapeutic Communities plus a host of Community Programs. Mark...

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Peer Workers at Windana

Windana’s Peer Workers use their lived experience to support Therapeutic Community residents through the phases of residential rehabilitation. Damien Chandler – Peer Worker at Barwon Therapeutic Community – is helping to create a safe space for recovery. “Peer Workers understand...

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Non-Residential Withdrawal Services at Windana

Our Non-Residential Withdrawal Service supports clients in the Barwon, South-Eastern Melbourne and Frankston–Mornington Peninsula catchment areas. Lena Kashaeva is a Registered Nurse delivering this vital home-based service on the Peninsula. “The option to remain at home makes...

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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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