Program Overview

The Windana Therapeutic Community is a 77 bed residential facility located on a 40 acre property in Maryknoll, Victoria.

The program is delivered through four different phases over a period of 6-12 months. Residents of all phases live together in shared accommodation across five separate houses to support each other through the program.

The community as method approach utilised at Windana provides therapeutic and educational impact to residents who participate in self-help and mutual-help activities.

Welcome House

Our program at Maryknoll now includes Australia’s first Welcome House. Entering a long-term residential rehabilitation program can be daunting, and the first 30 days are particularly challenging. Our Welcome House provides a ‘soft landing’ for new residents commencing treatment at Maryknoll TC.

In this video David Scott, Manager of Maryknoll TC talks about what the Welcome House is, and how it benefits clients.

We’d like to thank our generous donors – the Friends of Windana and Gandel Philanthropy – for their support of this project.

Other things to note

  • Residents may not have visitors or receive phone calls within the first two weeks of program participation. This allows the resident to settle into the program with as few distractions as possible. Exceptions can be made for contact with resident’s children.
  • Residents must only bring what they can easily carry by themselves. A two-bag limit applies and a list of what to bring will be provided at assessment.
  • Personal shopping will be available once a week.
  • Residents are eligible to apply for off property leave. This leave progresses from day leave to overnight / weekend leave based on your program phase.

Program Activities

This program includes:

  • medical and nursing management
  • case management & support services
  • complementary therapies including:
    • naturopath
    • yoga
    • mindfulness groups
  • exercise and recreation
  • individual counselling and group work including:
    • art therapy
    • nutrition
    • relapse prevention
    • harm minimisation
    • stress management
  • slow-stream pharmacotherapy reduction from suboxone & methadone is available.

Smoking is currently allowed in restricted outside areas during designated times.

Program Eligibility

To be eligible for this program you must be:

  • 18 years of age or over
  • alcohol and drug free prior to admission
  • willing and able to participate in all TC group and work activities.

Clients are required to bring current medications and scripts on the day of admission.

Access to external appointments during the rehabilitation process are limited and are assessed on an individual basis.

Admission Process

  • Upon receipt of a referral the information will be reviewed by the Windana Admissions & Care Coordination Team.
  • A pre-admission appointment will be facilitated for the person at the First Step clinic to undertake an interdisciplinary assessment with an addiction medicine practitioner and the Windana nurse.
  • For direct admissions, we will endeavour to facilitate a medical assessment with the addiction medicine practitioner available at the Therapeutic Community.
  • A payment of $115 on admission is payable for the first 6 days, an ongoing payment of 78% of Centrelink benefit is required. If paying privately, the cost can be negotiated at assessment.
  • We provide a holistic treatment program that addresses the biological, psychological and social factors that lead to substance dependence.
  • Treatment is individually tailored to address resident’s needs.
  • Our approach embraces a combination of evidence-based treatments including occupational, family, mindfulness, experiential and Cognitive-Behavioural therapies.