The Windana Health and Healing Program, a holistic complementary treatment approach, unique to Windana

Windana Health and Healing (WHH) is a complementary therapy program delivered across all of Windana’s sites, with a Community Clinic located in Bayside. WHH services a gap in Alcohol and other Drug (AOD) treatment by addressing holistic health in residential withdrawal, rehabilitation and community settings. The WHH Community Clinic encourages continuity of care following residential AOD treatment.

WHH includes Naturopathy, Yoga, Acupuncture, ‘Food as Medicine”, Osteopathy across Windana, aiming to improve health literacy, and promoting lifelong preventative health practices.

A recent evaluation of WHH demonstrated benefits for residents and community members and recognised WHH as a holistic program unique to the Victorian AOD sector.

The presentation will outline the benefits identified and discuss the integration of Complementary Therapies, Medical Model, Lived Experience and Professional disciplines within a holistic model of care.

Presenter

Erika Wiseman, Program Coordinator Community Services, Windana Drug and Alcohol Recovery

Erika Wiseman is experienced in all levels of the Windana Health and Healing Program (WHH). Initially volunteering, then working as a consulting naturopath, Erika currently co-ordinates WHH in her role as Community Services Program Coordinator. Erika holds a BHSc (Naturopathy), a Graduate Certificate in Addictive Behaviours, and a Master of Public Health.

Louise Bodycomb, Naturopath, Windana

Louise is the consulting naturopath at Maryknoll Therapeutic Community, Windana, and previously also worked as a naturopath at Windana’s adult Drug Withdrawal House. Prior to employment at Windana, Louise volunteered as Windana’s Consulting Community Naturopath. Louise holds a Bachelor of Health Science (Naturopathy) and has completed AOD Core Competencies.