Melbourne, VIC, 20th June 2013 – UnitingCare ReGen (formerly Moreland Hall), the lead alcohol and other drug treatment and education agency of UnitingCare Victoria & Tasmania, tonight congratulated all category winners and other finalists at tonight’s National Drug and Alcohol Awards dinner.
The award ceremony provided a highlight for Drug Action Week 2013, which has seen hundreds of public events around the country highlighting the impact of alcohol and other drug use on Australian families and communities. The prestigious national awards recognise achievements of individuals and organisations in fields such as Prevention and Community Education, Treatment and Support, Services for Young People, Research, Law Enforcement, Media Reporting and School Drug Education (http://www.drugawards.org.au/).
ReGen CEO Laurence Alvis said:
We were very pleased that our Family Program was recognised as one of the top four service initiatives within the Excellence in Treatment and Support category of tonight’s awards. We were up against some very tough competition and the Bridge and Connections programs from NSW, ACT and Queensland were worthy winners. Congratulations should also go to Penninsula Health for their Older Wiser Lifestyles (OWL) program, which shared a special commendation from the awards judges with us.
While we did not take home the trophy tonight, the fact that ReGen services have been finalists at these awards seven times in the past eight years is testament to the agency’s capacity to develop and deliver innovative, evidence-based and high quality services that respond to emerging community needs.
Since we first established our pioneering Intensive Playgroup program in 2004, ReGen has been determined to build a comprehensive range of treatment and support programs that address the needs of all family members. Our services provide real support to vulnerable families during what can be a very difficult and challenging process. Our experience in providing family inclusive treatment and education services has consistently demonstrated the powerful benefits of strengthening families to support sustainable change.
A key strength of our Family Program has been as a vehicle for earlier interventions with individuals and at-risk families, to build resilience and prevent the potential escalation of alcohol and other drug related harms for individuals, families and the wider community. By embedding our services within mainstream family service settings, we have been able to reduce the stigma associated with treatment and reach out to many families who would otherwise not have sought assistance.
There is still much to do, but we are very proud of what we have been able to achieve to date. Hopefully, the recognition provided by this award will help us (and inspire other treatment providers) to continue to develop even more effective responses to the needs of families within our communities.
Mr Alvis concluded:
Congratulations to all the finalists at tonight’s awards. It was inspiring to see examples of the types of work being undertaken in communities all across Australia to prevent or reduce the harms associated with the use of alcohol and other drugs. It is so important that successful initiatives are recognised and built upon to improve the effectiveness of alcohol and other drugs treatment in Australia.
For further information or comment please contact Laurence Alvis on (03) 9384 8880.
Background about ReGen: UnitingCare ReGen is the lead alcohol and other drugs treatment and education agency of UnitingCare Victoria & Tasmania. We have been promoting health and reducing alcohol and other drug related harm since 1970. We support social justice and sustainable change at an individual, community and systemic level.