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The following letter to the editor was submitted on 27/07/16. It has not been published.

Given The Age’s recent interest in exposing poor service quality and exploitative marketing practices by for-profit providers of alcohol and other drug treatment services, I was surprised to see the paper publishing a blatant promotional piece for such a service (The Cabin Chiang Mai: back from the brink of addiction).

While positive stories about recovery are always welcome, this piece provides the same unfounded claims of effectiveness that perpetuate the myth that for-profit services provide better outcomes than those funded by government. The unquestioned claim that the service’s ‘sobriety success rates far outstrip those offered by Australian rehabilitation services’ is pure marketing and should not go unchallenged.

Any services promising ‘cures’ to vulnerable and desperate families should be held to account, particularly given the huge sums they charge for what is often little more than 12-step groups (that are available at no cost within all communities) together with accommodation and meals.
A hotel review where the journalist ‘was a guest of’ the establishment is one thing, a sponsored advertorial for a treatment service is another matter altogether. It does not belong in The Age.


Laurence Alvis
CEO, UnitingCare ReGen

 

Note: We did receive a response from Fairfax (on 01/08/16), apologising for the content of the article and advising that most concerning paragraph had been removed from the online version of the story. When we last checked, the paragraph was still included via the orginial link). We are currently seeking publication of a longer response to media coverage of for-profit services and will post the link, when it's available.

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).

Thanks to all who participated in the training. We'll post details of our next round of Consumer Participation training on our home page soon.

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The next ReGen Consumer Participation Training is on Monday July 4 and Tuesday July 5 at 26 Jessie Street Coburg.

The training focus is on the practice of Consumer Participation not only at UnitingCare ReGen, but also in the Victorian Alcohol and other Drug Sector (Edita Kennedy from the Association of Participation Service Users (APSU) will be delivering this session). As a foundation to alcohol and other drug policy, Brad Pearce (Program Manager at the Victorian Alcohol and Other Drug Agency (VAADA)) will present on the Victorian Alcohol and other Drug Sector. Jane Dicka (Drug Overdose Peer Educator at Harm Reduction Victoria) will deliver on Harm Reduction and Health Rights. Last but never least, Richard Gornall (Consumer Consultant) is delivering on Self Care and Consumer Participation.

For more details please view the Training Outline and Promotional Flyer.

Please pass on to interested clients.

 

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 InFocus (formerly Action for Recovery - ARC) program runs on Wednesdays at our Coburg site (6.00-8.00pm: booking required). See the InFocus 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.

Melbourne, VIC, 24th May 2016 – Together with partners Children’s Protection Society, the University of Toronto and the University of Melbourne, UnitingCare ReGen today welcomed the Victorian Government’s announcement of new funding for this partnership to provide targeted family violence programs for vulnerable families, including those affected by alcohol and other drug use.

Read more: ReGen welcomes funding for 'Caring Dads' family violence program (23/05/16)

Melbourne, VIC, 13th May 2016 – UnitingCare ReGen today called on the providers and funders of Victorian alcohol and other drug treatment services to demonstrate their commitment to Consumer Participation as core business.

Discussion at Wednesday’s Encouraging Innovation in Consumer Participation Practice seminar (delivered in partnership with APSU at SHARC) highlighted the benefits of Consumer Participation to all those who use, provide and fund alcohol and other drug treatment services.

Read more: Consumer Participation forum challenges treatment services to improve practice (13/05/16)