Quote in image: "“Accidental overdose can be prevented by education and by being more open about the use of substances, and that’s why stigma is such an important thing to combat.” Story #1 in a series around International Overdose Awareness Day, 2021."

International Overdose Awareness Day: Time to remember. Time to act.

International Overdose Awareness Day (31 August) From 5pm on Tuesday 31 August, Melbourne landmarks – including Fed Square, Flinders Street Station and the Bolte Bridge – will be bathed in a purple glow for International Overdose Awareness Day 2021. This is all part of the...

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CEO update

Jenny Gillam, Windana Board Chair, today announced that Andrea McLeod has been appointed as the new CEO of Windana. Andrea replaces Anne-Maree Kaser who left Windana in July to take up a position at Gippsland Lakes Complete Health. “Andrea brings more than 25 years executive leadership...

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The Artist is Found – Windana Online Art Therapy Exhibition 2021

The healing power of art is on full display in The Artist is Found (www.theartistisfound.com) – Windana Drug and Alcohol Recovery and SECADA’s second annual online Art Therapy Exhibition. Over 70 pieces are featured in the exhibition, all created by artists in the Community Studio Art...

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Yoga at Windana

To mark International Yoga Day (21 June), we caught up with Tania who teaches yoga at DWH, WYCH and the Community Clinic. Read on to learn how yoga is used at Windana and the positive ways it can support a client’s recovery Yoga is an important and much-loved part of Windana’s...

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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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