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This article in Crosslight (the Uniting Church paper), features an interview with our CEO Laurence Alvis about our support for the establishment of a Medically Supervised Injecting Centre in Richmond.  See also our response to claims that Christian groups would be 'enraged' by such a development.

Melbourne, VIC, 5th June, 2017 – UnitingCare ReGen, the lead alcohol and other drug treatment and education agency of UnitingCare Victoria & Tasmania, today responded to claims made in Friday’s Herald Sun that a change in the Victorian Government’s stated opposition to the establishment of a pilot Medically Supervised Injecting Centre (MSIC) in Richmond, ‘would enrage Christian groups’ ('Services back injecting room', 02/06/17).  The claim appears to be based on an Australian Christian Lobby submission to the current inquiry by the Parliament’s Legal and Social Issues Committee into the proposed MSIC pilot.  The ACL submission is also referenced in an accompanying opinion piece by Matt Johnston on the politics of the proposal ('When law and order, life and death collide', 02/06/17).

ReGen CEO Laurence Alvis said:

The perception created in this article that there is broad opposition to establishing a pilot MSIC in Richmond is unfounded.

Read more: ReGen: Christians (& the evidence) support a Richmond MSIC (05/06/17)

croakeyThe following article has been published on the Croakey health journalism site.

The Federal Government’s proposed pilot of drug testing 5,000 applicants for Centrelink benefits has generated passionate public debate since it was announced in Treasurer Morrison’s budget speech.  There has been much that is disturbing within this debate, but nothing more so than the Prime Minister’s claim that it is a ‘policy based on love’.  UnitingCare ReGen CEO Laurence Alvis calls on the Turnbull Government to end the populist scapegoating and start showing genuine interest in practical, evidence based approaches to addressing social inequality.

Read more: Punitive drug testing of welfare recipients is not an act of love (16/05/17)

Melbourne, VIC, 1st May, 2017 – UnitingCare ReGen today welcomed the Andrews Government’s announcement of $81 million new funding for alcohol and other drug treatment services within this week’s 2017/18 Victorian Budget.

Responding to the announcement of initiatives to increase the capacity of residential rehabilitation services, recruit additional Aboriginal Health Workers and expand sector capacity to provide treatment services for people on community based corrections orders, ReGen CEO Laurence Alvis said:

This is an important step forward for the Victorian alcohol and other drug sector.

Read more: ReGen welcomes new Victorian treatment funding announcement (01/05/17)

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 Job Search/Employment workshops in July & August. 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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

croakeyThe following article has been published on the Croakey health journalism site.  It has also been republished by Crosslight (the Uniting Church paper).

Methamphetamine is back at the forefront of national attention, thanks to the framing of new wastewater analysis data as further evidence of a national ‘ice epidemic’.

The reality, of course, is more complex, according to UnitingCare ReGen CEO Laurence Alvis. In the article below, he calls for political leaders to stop using drug policy as a political tool and for journalists to lift their game.

Read more: Stop using drug policy as a political tool - a message to the Federal Govt (03/04/17)

VICDOC APR MAY cover LowResThe Australian Medical Association (Victoria) have featured our Mother and Baby withdrawal service  in the new edition of their vicdoc magazine. Thanks to the association for helping to raise awareness of the service amongst health professionals outside the AOD sector.  See the article (2MB), or the full magazine (6MB) that also features an article on the AMA's support for the establishment of a Medically Supervised Injecting Centre in Melbourne.

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 (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) 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.