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Together with VAADA's Sam Biondo, our CEO Laurence Alvis has been interviewed by SYN Radio's Panorama program in response to comments by Victoria Police Assistant Commissioner Tony Fontana that levels of demand for illicit drugs within our communities is a 'national disgrace' and that eradicating demand is the 'pure and simple' solution to the problem.

We'd suggest Mr Fontana's rhetoric is undermines efforts to address the impacts of illicit drug use on individuals and families within our communities and that his approach (given the persistence of demand for psychoactive drugs throughout human history) is not likely to be an effective one.

mp3Download audio from the interview on Panorama SYN 907FM9.74 MB

Berwick Leader article on our South East Catalyst program.Shannon Berwick Leader

While the language used to describe the people who use our services isn't ideal, it's great to see their voices being given such prominence in the story and get a sense of the hope that is a common factor for everyone undertaking the program. Thanks to David, Stuart and Chloe for sharing their stories.  If you'd like to learn more about the program, see the program page or give us a call (1800 700 514). 

Our International Women's Day event saw some terrific discussion of barriers, stigma and discrimination faced by women in AOD treatment and throughout our communities. Thanks especially to our Consumer Consultants for sharing their stories and experience. You can can read Michelle's presentation on her experience in recovery and Richard's poem on global, intergenerational issues.  Photos from the event are on our Facebook page or Instagram account. 

 Join UnitingCare ReGen for Afternoon Tea in celebration of International Women’s Day 2016.

Topic: Women in AOD Treatment: Barriers, Discrimination, and Stigma

Featuring: Theresa Lynch (WADS) & Consumer Consultants: Michelle & Jo

When & where: Tuesday 8th March 2.30 - 3.30pm at 26 Jessie Street, Coburg

We welcome all staff and people who use ReGen services to attend.

The flyer is available here

This Berwick Leader article features our Trevor King on ReGen's position on compulsory treatment. It's a follow up piece to an earlier article on the impacts on family members of a loved one's methamphetamine use and includes a mother's diary entries, highlighting the struggle faced by affected families and their understandable frustrations with service accessibility.

If your family is affected, we might be able to help. Give us a call (1800 700 514)

croakeyThe following piece has been published by Croakey:

With the Australian alcohol and other drug sector already stretched to breaking point and the potential impact of recent Federal funding announcements on specialist treatment services far from clear, the loss of another national peak body represents a significant threat to our public health. UnitingCare ReGen CEO Laurence Alvis says it’s time for the Turnbull government to commit to funding peer advocacy and harm reduction measures that are proven to prevent the transmission of blood borne viruses, improve health outcomes and save lives.

Read more: Loss of funding for AIVL is a threat to Australian public health (18/12/15)

Melbourne, VIC, 7th December – UnitingCare ReGen, the lead alcohol and other drug treatment and education agency of UnitingCare Victoria & Tasmania, today welcomed the Federal Government’s response to the recommendations of the National Ice Taskforce.

ReGen CEO Laurence Alvis said:

Yesterday’s announcement is a big step forward in our efforts to achieve a co-ordinated, evidence based approach to the harms associated with alcohol and other drug use in Australia. The broad range of measures included in the Government’s response are an encouraging sign that our policy makers recognise the importance of achieving the right balance of measures within our overarching Harm Minimisation framework.

Read more: ReGen welcomes Fed Govt response to National Ice Taskforce report (7/12/15)

Melbourne, VIC, 19th November 2015 – UnitingCare ReGen, the lead alcohol and other drug treatment and education agency of UnitingCare Victoria & Tasmania, today celebrated its win at the 2015 Victorian Public Healthcare Awards.

The agency’s work developing innovative, evidence based responses to methamphetamine dependence took out the ‘Improving health, safety and wellbeing’ award. The other finalists in this category were Monash Health’s Wellness and Recovery Centre: a centre of excellence in the treatment of eating disorders and the Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy for Monash Doctors.

Read more: ReGen celebrates Victorian Public Healthcare Awards win (19/11/15)