Latest News from ReGen

News items regarding activities at ReGen.

View our Media Releases here

Events and Seminars here

This Moonee Valley Leader article features our Paul Aiken (Evaluation and Advocacy Team Leader) responding to recent Coroners Court data showing an increase in overdose deaths in the Moonee Valley, Moreland and Monash local government areas.  He highlights the need for greater community understanding of overdose, particularly amongst those taking prescribed opioids, who may not consider themselves to be at risk. If the link above no longer takes you to the correct edition of the leader, you can see a readable image of the article on our Facebook page.

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

This story cites our Paul Aiken on some of the issues we see affecting the young people who use our Williams House residential withdrawal service, and the regional communities where they live. The focus on 12-year-olds is a bit of a beat up. We have seen a very small number of people that age over the years, but the great majority of young people using Williams House are between 15 & 21. Describing the William House program as 'strict' is a bit misleading too. We have clear policies and procedures in place to make sure that the young people using the service are kept safe and provided with the best quality of care during their withdrawal, but we pride ourselves on providing a welcoming and comfortable environment plus a range of practical supports to help people through what can be a physically and emotionally challenging process.

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): This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / 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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (03) 9490 2400.

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)