History of UnitingCare ReGen (formerly Moreland Hall)


UnitingCare Moreland Hall changed its name to UnitingCare ReGen in June 2012.

Originally used as a private home, the original Moreland Hall, a bluestone building, was constructed in 1859. Wesley Mission purchased Moreland Hall in 1922, using it for various purposes including an alcohol withdrawal centre for men, and a residential hostel for young women.
During the 1960s the Methodist Church Conference of Victoria and Tasmania was concerned for individuals and their families with alcohol problems and determined to establish a centre for their treatment and education. Moreland Hall was identified as a potential site, and Wesley Mission (then Central Methodist Mission) was requested to release it for that purpose. Under the direction of the Reverend Alf Foote Moreland Hall was founded as an Alcoholism Treatment and Education Centre and officially dedicated for that purpose on 2 May 1970.

Moreland Hall purchased by Central Methodist Mission

1932 – 35

Leased as private nursing home

1936 – 46

Reformatory home for ‘wayward’ girls

1947 – 69

Run as hostel for rural, interstate and international women


Establishment of ‘Moreland Hall Alcoholism Treatment Centre’ by founding Director Alf Foote


Moreland Hall Charter revised to incorporate other drug dependencies


Closure of Rehabilitation Program
Commencement of Family Therapy and Drink Driving Programs


Commencement of residential withdrawal service at Jessie St site
Commencement of Drug Education services at Pentridge Prison


Commencement of Outreach AOD service and onsite medical service at Jessie St site
Completion of building works to accommodate new services


Agency secures funding for prison services, residential, outpatient and home-based withdrawal, counselling, pathology services and education training programs


Commencement of services at Port Phillip Prison


Residential withdrawal service moves from Jessie St site to DHS-owned facility in Heidelberg (LACP)


Establishment of new Youth Residential Withdrawal Service (GWH)
Closure of methadone and pathology services
Publication of the ‘Big Book on Drugs’


Moreland Hall becomes the first Victorian AOD service to achieve quality accreditation. Education and Training Team achieves RTO status


Commencement of Supported Accommodation service and Complex Clients Project


Establishment of Therapeutic Playgroup program
Establishment of ISS and HYP-d programs


Moreland Hall secures ongoing funding for intensive Playgroup program from three divisions of DHS


Launch of Client Charter


Catalyst Program funded as a pilot program
Annual Report wins Gold award at Australian Reporting Awards


Moreland Hall celebrates 40 years


Catalyst program wins Excellence in Treatment and Support Award at the National Drug and Alcohol Awards


UnitingCare Moreland Hall relaunched as UnitingCare ReGen


Winner of the Victorian Government’s Robin Clark Memorial Award for Making a Difference with Children, Young People and Families

2014 Partnership with Odyssey House Victoria and others to deliver recommissioned treatment services in North and West Metro region

2015 Received funding for establishment of Victoria’s first ‘Mother and Baby’ residential withdrawal service