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Supporting mental health during withdrawal

Alcohol and drug dependence and mental health issues often go hand-in-hand. They have an inter-twined relationship that’s unique to every person’s situation. In fact, around 50-76% of people accessing AOD services have at least one mental health condition. This story with Windana...

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Naturopathy at Windana, Part 2

Along with our other Health & Healing therapies, naturopathy has an important role in Windana’s holistic approach to wellbeing and recovery. For Part 2 of our story on naturopathy, Health & Healing Acting Coordinator Erika sheds light on how naturopathy supports clients and...

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Transitional Housing and Recovery

Windana’s Transitional Housing program provides a secure place to live for people recovering from AOD dependence – whether they’ve been through a Therapeutic Community or not. Its requirements also help residents focus on their recovery goals. We spoke with Nicole, Windana’s...

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Naturopathy at Windana, Part 1

Naturopathy is an important natural therapy used across Windana. For National Herbal Medicine Week, we caught up with Erika – Windana’s Health & Healing program Acting Coordinator and Senior Naturopath – to explore naturopathy and how it helps clients. “Naturopathy is like art...

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A football field with goalposts on the right and an orange Reclink banner on the fence. Quote to the right reads: “Sharing and helping others to shine is part of the culture.” Text below reads: "A story with Windana’s Recreation & Community Development Officer around the Reclink AFL program at Maryknoll."

Partnership on and off the field

When Windana’s Maryknoll TC residents jog onto the football field, they bring out each other’s best. Away from the game, it’s a similar story for the organisations that make Reclink’s South East League AFL program happen. Richard Price knows the value of being on a team. As...

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Getting ready for Spring at MTC

There’s been a stirring in the garden at Maryknoll. Community Gardener Jane fills us in on the work residents have been doing over winter, and what will be blossoming over the coming season. How has the garden fared over our harsh Maryknoll winter? The winter months provide an...

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International Overdose Awareness Day 2021

Today is International Overdose Awareness Day. It’s an important day here at Windana, and for anyone who has lost people they love to overdose. It’s a chance to take a moment and remember loved ones who have died or suffered permanent injury from a drug overdose. Stories from GTC...

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Harm Reduction at Windana

International Overdose Awareness Day (31 August) It’s important to understand the distinction between ‘Harm Minimisation’ and ‘Harm Reduction’ in relation to drug use. ‘Harm Minimisation’ is an umbrella term covering three pillars – Demand Reduction, Supply Reduction...

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Becoming overdose aware

International Overdose Awareness Day (31 August) One of IOAD’s social media hashtags is #OverdoseAware. When asked what people can do to become more ‘overdose aware’ in their lives, Harm Reduction Practitioner Gyu encourages people to challenge pre-conceived ideas about what...

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Naloxone and changes in the system

International Overdose Awareness Day (31 August) Naloxone has been a game-changer for preventing opioid overdose. Gyu, Harm Reduction Practitioner at Windana, says there have been many large-scale studies on Naloxone’s effectiveness as an overdose response, and it can be accessed by...

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