Winter 2016 Update from CEO Anne-Maree Kaser

June 2016

Dear Friends and Supporters of Windana,

Welcome to the first of our quarterly newsletters that we have created to connect and share stories of our people, our work, the impact of what we do and what is happening in the wider treatment sector.


It is a privilege to lead the Windana team. Every week we support up to 70 people across Windana’s residential services, and around 300 clients through our community-based programs.  Providing the very best care requires more than 100 skilled and passionate staff, the right infrastructure, effective operations and good governance. I can assure you, no two days are ever the same and the need for residential and community based treatment just keeps growing.

Next month marks the third anniversary of my appointment as CEO of Windana. Hindsight is a wonderful thing but I really can say that the timing was ideal as Windana was entering a period of necessary transformation, organisational restructuring and opportunities for growth. Some of key highlights have been:

  • Seeing firsthand how Windana’s holistic recovery methods work. Welcoming all first-time and return clients that have sought Windana’s help to rebuild their lives and reconnect with family, friends and the community
  • Collaborating with a reinvigorated board of directors and leadership team
  • Spearheading the new five-year strategic plan to deliver on our vision for Windana to be the leader in our field with the capacity to help more people year on year
  • Working closely with all Windana staff, seeing how they tackle some of the most challenging cases of substance dependency and recovery
  • Our ongoing role in national and international debate on alcohol and drug recovery
  • Continuously looking to improve our therapeutic models, program offerings and respond in real time to the drug and alcohol issues that effect so many people’s lives. Thinking differently is something we need to do to break the cycle of addiction, especially with the impact of methamphetamine use that has been making news lately.

It is an absolute privilege to be a part of this organisation. This newsletter is a way for us to share more about what we do. You will hear more about Windana’s Manager Withdrawal & Coordinated Care Kate Graham’s presentation at the Australian and New Zealand Addiction Conference on the Gold Coast in May 2016; meet our Front of House dynamo Cheryl Bea; we will start an ongoing series that articulates ‘the Windana Way’ and share select Windana news coverage.

Kind regards,

Anne-Maree Kaser