Winja Ulupna Women’s Recovery Centre

Alcohol Rehabilitation Centre for Koori Women

Winja Ulupna is the Yorta Yorta word for ‘Women’s Haven’ and is a 24 hour Residential Alcohol Rehabilitation Centre for Koori women who suffer from alcoholism or a drug dependency problem. Admission to the centre is on a voluntary basis and court referrals are also taken.

The facility can take up to 8 clients at a time and accepts women over 18 years of age. It offers clients a relaxed home like atmosphere for their recovery. The length of stay varies for each client; however, clients are encouraged to stay a minimum of 3 months. This is to allow them time to fully understand their alcohol or substance abuse problem and develop the skills and strategies needed to stay clean once they leave the centre.

Self-help and Self-development Programs

Clients are required to participate in a range of culturally relevant self-help and self-development programs and activities each day. Professional tutors and qualified Counsellors run the following programs and activities for clients:

  • Parenting Skills
  • Women’s Health and Nutrition
  • Abuse and Group Therapy
  • Self Esteem and Anger Management
  • Family and Domestic Violence
  • Alcoholics and Narcotics Anonymous meetings
  • Individual and Group Counselling
  • Relapse Prevention
  • Computer skills
  • Art

WinjaUlupna does not have the facilities to cater for children. However, staff encourage family members, friends and partners to keep in contact with clients while they are recovering in the centre. Our staff recognise that most people do not know about or are unfamiliar with alcohol or substance abuse.

As part of the recovery program we try to educate family members, friends and partners about the trauma our clients are going through with their addiction so they can understand and help the client when they leave the centre. Clients also utilise other servicesprovided by Ngwala, particularly Outreach and support services. Assistance is also provided to clients to apply for, and obtain, accommodation from the Ministry of Housing to ensure that clients have somewhere to live once they leave the centre. Clients are referred to other Kooriand mainstream agencies as the need arises.

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Step1 Self Complete Initial Screen for Adults With Aod Problems

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Step2 Comprehensive Assessment for Adults With Aod Problems

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Optional Module 1 – 8 as Follows

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