ReGen welcomes expansion of Victorian non-residential drug rehabilitation services (26/06/15)

Melbourne, VIC, 26th June 2015 – UnitingCare ReGen, the lead alcohol and other drug treatment and education agency of UnitingCare Victoria & Tasmania, today welcomed the announcement of new treatment programs to be delivered across Victoria as part of the Andrews Government’s response to the impacts of methamphetamine and other drug use in regional and rural communities.

In announcing the funding for nine new non-residential rehabilitation programs to be delivered across the state by a variety of community health and alcohol and other drug treatment services, Minister for Mental Health Martin Foley MP noted the proven success of ReGen’s Catalyst and Torque programs and the establishment a new ReGen non-residential program in Melbourne’s outer south east.

The new programs will be delivered by:

  • Ballarat Community Health in Ballarat and Horsham
  • Odyssey House Victoria in Wyndham
  • Goulburn Valley Alcohol and Drug Service consortium in Shepparton
  • Sunraysia Community Health in Mildura
  • Stepping Up Consortium in Geelong
  • Western Regional Alcohol and Drugs in Warrnambool and Portland
  • UnitingCare Regen in Narre Warren
  • Latrobe Community Health in Moe
  • The Salvation Army in Bendigo

In response to the announcement, ReGen CEO Laurence Alvis said:

 This is an important step forward for alcohol and other drug treatment in Victoria. We know that, when provided as part of a comprehensive treatment plan, evidence-based, non-residential rehabilitation programs can achieve sustained benefits for participants, their families and the wider community.

We also know that non-residential programs increase the accessibility of rehabilitation services for people with family and/or work responsibilities.

Accessibility of treatment services has been a common concern expressed by communities around Victoria, particularly in relation to the impacts of methamphetamine use. The new services will create an additional 500 treatment places, so today’s announcement marks a significant increase in treatment sector capacity and the range of treatment services available to those affected and the making it easier for people to get help when they need it most.

ReGen is delighted to have been chosen to run a new program in the Outer South East based at Connections UnitingCare's NarreWarren site. This location will enable us to provide a proven rehabilitation program for people living in the growth areas of Casey and Cardinia, but which will also be accessible to residents of Greater Dandenong, as well West Gippsland towns such as Warragul.

It was terrific to get the opportunity to be part of the announcement with Minister Foley today in Ballarat, talk about the previous successes of the ReGen’s non-residential rehab programs and to hear from a past participant of the Torque program on how it had assisted on her road to recovery from methamphetamine dependence.

I congratulate all the services that have been funded to deliver new programs. Since the establishment of our Original Catalyst program in 2009, ReGen has gained valuable experience in providing non-residential rehabilitation programs. We look forward to working with the providers of the new programs to ensure that they achieve the best outcomes for affected individuals, families and communities throughout Victoria.

 Also speaking at the announcement was Elise, a past participant in ReGen’s Torque non-residential rehabilitation program. She said: 

The Torque program was a huge part of my recovery and has taught me lots of beneficial things to bring forward into my everyday life.

One of the most beneficial parts of the program was the CBT components. For me, challenging my thinking has always been difficult, but though this process, I am able to challenge unhelpful thoughts.

 CEO of Connections UnitingCare, Angela Forbes said Connections looked forward to the establishment of the Outer South East AOD Rehabilitation Service at their Narre Warren location and it would provide great opportunities for integrated responses for families affected by alcohol and other drug dependence.