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)

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)

Melbourne, VIC, 9th February 2017 – UnitingCare ReGen is pleased to be a signatory to the Open Letter to the Victorian Parliament, published in today’s Herald Sun.

Together with 47 other signatories, ReGen CEO Laurence Alvis called on the Parliament of Victoria to support the proposed trial of a Medically Supervised Injecting Centre in the North Richmond area.

Read more: ReGen supports trial of Medically Supervised Injecting Centre in North Richmond (09/02/17)

Melbourne, VIC, 21st February, 2017 – UnitingCare ReGen today welcomed the release of Victorian Coroner Jacqui Hawkins’ findings on opioid overdose deaths in the Richmond area and her recommendation to Victorian Mental Health Minister Martin Foley to take the necessary steps to establish a trial safe injecting facility in North Richmond.

Read more: ReGen backs Coroner’s call for a Medically Supervised Injecting Centre (21/02/17)

See related coverage of the launch in The Age and the Uniting Church paper Crosslight.

Melbourne, VIC, 21st November 2016 – Together with UnitingCare ReGen staff and consumers, Minister for Mental Health Martin Foley MP today launched the agency’s new Mother and Baby residential withdrawal service in Ivanhoe.

Read more: ReGen celebrates launch of Australia’s first Mother and Baby withdrawal service (21/11/16)