Endoverdose Stacked Black MediumNote: Carter has now made the text of his presentation at our event available.  It's definitely worth a read.


Each year on August 31st, people around the world remember those who have been lost to (or harmed by) overdose, raise awareness about overdose risks and advocate for change to prevent future harm.

We will be holding a public event at our Coburg site on the 31st (Thursday, 2.00-3.30pm) to remember those individuals and families affected by overdose, discuss the growing risks associated with opioids in Victoria and advocate for the establishment of a pilot Medically Supervised Injecting Centre in Richmond.

In addition to individual contributions to the remembrance and discussion, we will have the following speakers:

  • Carter (ReGen Consumer Participant) will discuss his experience of using Sydney's Medically Supervised Injecting Centre and the urgent need for the establishment of a similar service in Melbourne to prevent overdose deaths; &
  • Ginny McKinnon (ReGen Overdose Response Project Officer) will discuss her recent experience in the UK volunteering with The Loop, providing drug checking services at the Boomtown festival to help reduce harm and prevent overdose.

We invite anyone who has used our services, family members or interested members of the public to join us for the event and for afternoon tea.

RSVP: Paul Aiken ( / 9384 8867)

If you can't make it on the day but would like to show your support, we recommend the Victoria Street Drug Solutions March to Save Lives in Richmond on Sunday, August 27th. See their Facebook Page for more details.

Other events in the evening of Aug 31st include:

See the International Overdose Awareness Day website for information about other events near you.

Our next round of Consumer Participation training will be delivered on 21-22 August out our Coburg site, as part of our Consumer Pathways Project.

People who have used our services (as well as family members and significant others) who are interested in taking up a range of opportunities to support others and help us keep improving our services are welcome to attend.

See the training flyer for more information or contact Regina (our Consumer Participation Facilitator):  / 03 9384 8894.

Increasing demand for heroin withdrawal across the Victorian AOD sector has highlighted the need for our workforce to refresh their clinical skills in assessing risk and planning best practice treatment responses.

To help this process, we are providing an information session for AOD assessment workers who refer people to our Curran Place adult residential withdrawal service.

Presented by Rose McCrohan (Curran Place Manager / Nurse Practioner), the aim of the session is to provide workers with a clear understanding of ReGens’:

  1. Opiate Withdrawal Policy, management of opiate withdrawal / induction onto Suboxone or methadone and discuss case examples;
  2. Tobacco Free environment;
  3. Withdrawal waiting list and co-ordinated pathways to rehabilitation services;
  4. Exit planning; &
  5. Mother Baby specific queries


Participation in the session will help us ensure that referrals to our Adult and Mother Baby Withdrawal Service are successful and accepted for admission in a timely manner.


Date: Wednesday 23rd August 10 to 1pm

Location: 26 Jessie St Coburg 

RSVP by Friday 18th August 2017 to  or (03) 9490 2400.

PATHWAYS LOGO 3The Pathways Project is a supportive training program for people who have used ReGen services.

The training includes competency based training in Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) and First Aid, as well as non-competency training in Mental Health First Aid, Working with Groups, Assertive and Appropriate Communication, Public Speaking, Resume and Cover Letter Preparation, and Child Safety.

The Pathways project is ideal for people who are:

  • Currently working or wish to work in consumer representation and participation roles;
  • Might like to study and work in the Alcohol and Other Drug Sector; &/or
  • Interested in further study and it has been a long time since they last studied within an education environment.

We are running a series of resume writing and job interview workshops in November. See the workshop flyer for more information.

For more detail about the training on offer, see our Training Overview.

For more information, or to find out how you can get involved, contact Jackie on 03 9384 8834 (Mon-Wed) or

As part of our Consumer Pathways Project, our next round of free Consumer Participation Training will be held on March 28 & 29 (10am-4pm) at our Coburg site.

Training topics will include:

  • Consumer Participation

  • Orientation to ReGen

  • ReGen policy

  • Harm reduction and other health rights

  • Self-care

  • The Consumer Consultant experience

  • How to run a meeting

  • Aboriginal peoples experience of AOD service delivery.

See the training flyer for more information.

Contact Jen, our Pathways Worker on (03) 9384 8834 or email () to find out more about the training, or to book your spot.

We will be posting details of free competency-based training in AOD work shortly. 

The next session of our free Family Methamphetamine First Aid program (for family members affected by a loved one's methamphetamine use) will be run at at our Coburg site on Feb 16 (4-8pm).

See the program page for more information, or call Marg for inquiries (03) 9384 8882.

The latest round of our free program for family members affected by a loved one's methamphetamine use will be run at our Coburg site on August 17 (4-8pm).

In response to feedback from previous participants, we are trialling an after-hours program to make it more accessible for family members with work or other responsibilities during the day.

See our Client Courses page (at the bottom) for more information about the program or call Sam Mastro (03 9384 8895).

As part of our partnership with Family Drug Help, we offer free educational and support groups for family members affected by a loved one's alcohol and other drug use.

The six-week Action for Recovery (ARC) program runs on Wednesdays at our Coburg site (6.00-8.00pm: booking required). See the ARC page for more information and upcoming program dates.

The monthly Family and Friends Support Group is run at both our Coburg site and at the Watsonia Library. The Coburg group is on the first Wednesday of each month (6.00-7.45pm). The Watsonia group is on the first Wednesday of each month (7.00-9.00pm). See the Family and Friends page for more information and dates.

Peer Support has come to ReGen in the form of a peer led support group. This weekly group is on Thursdays at 26 Jessie Street, Coburg, commencing 6.00pm.  See the group flyer for more information.

Please contact Regina on (03) 9384 8894 or if you or someone you know is interested in participating.

ReGen has designed a practical hands-on training program informed by the development and learnings from our Catalyst and Torque non-residential rehabilitation programs. This comprehensive training program is designed based on an extensive review of the AOD literature and provides a level of adaptability and flexibility that meets the needs of different target groups and communities.

The range of training and workforce development packages included within the program are designed to support the establishment of new Community Therapeutic Day Programs around the state.  The core training modules will cover the delivery of therapuetic groups and other advanced clinical interventions, based on ReGen's Catalyst and Torque programs.  

The three packages include:

  1. Baseline package - Seven day training program (aligned with competency units on group work and therapeutic interventions) providing workers with the opportunity to become practiced and skilled facilitators in the delivery of the Catalyst materials.  
  2. Accredited package - Baseline package plus onsite observation and assessment for accredited units of competency.
  3. Accredited and guided support package - Accredited package plus supervision for Team Leaders of new therapeutic day programs.

See the training brochure for more information about the packages and the ReGen staff who will be providing them.