Drug Action Week Activities 2012

UnitingCare ReGen ran a range of activities as part of Drug Action Week (17 June - 23 June) this year. 

Background: Drug Action Week is an initiative of the Alcohol and Drug Council of Australia (ADCA) and has been running for 12 years to raise awareness of alcohol and drug issues in the community. This year's theme was "Looking after YOUR Mind" with a range of daily themes to focus on key issues to expand awareness activities.

UnitingCare ReGen ran a range of activities as part of Drug Action Week (17 June - 23 June) this year.

Background: Drug Action Week is an initiative of the Alcohol and Drug Council of Australia (ADCA) and has been running for 12 years to raise awareness of alcohol and drug issues in the community. This year's theme was "Looking after YOUR Mind" with a range of daily themes to focus on key issues to expand awareness activities.

 

Friday 15th June

 

 

minister launchThe Honourable Mary Wooldridge, Minister for Mental Health, Women’s Affairs and Community Relations, and VAADA (the peak body for the Victorian AOD sector), joined us for the official launch of Drug Action Week in Victoria.

To mark the occasion, Minister Wooldridge also launched our new name and brand (ReGen), together with the renewed funding of our award winning Catalyst program.

The event also featured a discussion of ‘Roads to Recovery’ by three people who have used our services and the launch of our Position Paper (and supporting evidence) on Recovery-oriented practice. ‘Recovery’ is a term that is gaining increasing currency with service funders and within the AOD sector and as a potential influence on AOD policy and treatment services.

Our Community Choir performed and people took a tour of our programs and enjoyed a sumptuous barbecue.

Find more photos of our launch at our Facebook Page

 

Hitting the Stations

DAWFlindersEarly Wednesday morning 20th June saw many staff, Board members and volunteers brave the cold to hand out Drug Action Week materials at Parliament, Flinders Street and Moreland Stations.

The response was fantastic. We had planned to be at the stations from 7.30 to 9.30am, but at Parliament and Flinders Street the Drug Action Week promotional material only lasted to just over an hour. At Moreland, the coffee ran out at about 9.05 am, but people were happy to take the muffins and other material.

 

 

 

Single Session Therapy Expo

Thursday 21st June was Single Session Therapy Expo at ReGen.

This Open Day provided families with an opportunity to try out our single session counselling model. In spite of the terrible weather, we still saw a strong interest from families in the model and further confirmation of its value in reducing potential barriers to engagement with treatment services. And the shared lunch in Hoadley Hall was a very special moment.

More information on Single Session Therapy here

 

National Drug and Alcohol Awards

Friday 22nd June was the National Drug and Alcohol Awards at the Plaza Ballroom in Melbourne.

Our youth withdrawal unit, Williams House was a finalist this year in the Category of Excellence in Service for Young People. Odyssey House won this category and was a very worthy winner. Tthis is the sixth time in seven years that ReGen have been a finalist at the National AOD awards and this is the second time in those six years that a Williams house program has been a finalist. The national awards take in all of Australia, to be one of three finalists over that broad landscape of National AOD services is a fantastic achievement. To do it six times in seven years, was a reflection of the consistent quality of ReGens programs.

Congratulations to all the staff at Williams House, for being a finalist at this year’s National Awards, a great effort which is very well deserved.

More information on Williams House here

 

Wrapping up a huge week for ReGen

Drug Action Week this year was our biggest ever. And our most successful.

ReGen looks forward to participating in further awareness raising campaigns this year including World Hepatitis Day, Saturday 28th July and International Overdose Awareness Day 31st of August.

We'll keep you informed.