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This story cites our Paul Aiken on some of the issues we see affecting the young people who use our Williams House residential withdrawal service, and the regional communities where they live. The focus on 12-year-olds is a bit of a beat up. We have seen a very small number of people that age over the years, but the great majority of young people using Williams House are between 15 & 21. Describing the William House program as 'strict' is a bit misleading too. We have clear policies and procedures in place to make sure that the young people using the service are kept safe and provided with the best quality of care during their withdrawal, but we pride ourselves on providing a welcoming and comfortable environment plus a range of practical supports to help people through what can be a physically and emotionally challenging process.

Our next round of Consumer Participation training will be delivered on 21-22 August out our Coburg site, as part of our Consumer Pathways Project.

People who have used our services (as well as family members and significant others) who are interested in taking up a range of opportunities to support others and help us keep improving our services are welcome to attend.

See the training flyer for more information or contact Regina (our Consumer Participation Facilitator):  / 03 9384 8894.

Increasing demand for heroin withdrawal across the Victorian AOD sector has highlighted the need for our workforce to refresh their clinical skills in assessing risk and planning best practice treatment responses.

To help this process, we are providing an information session for AOD assessment workers who refer people to our Curran Place adult residential withdrawal service.

Presented by Rose McCrohan (Curran Place Manager / Nurse Practioner), the aim of the session is to provide workers with a clear understanding of ReGens’:

  1. Opiate Withdrawal Policy, management of opiate withdrawal / induction onto Suboxone or methadone and discuss case examples;
  2. Tobacco Free environment;
  3. Withdrawal waiting list and co-ordinated pathways to rehabilitation services;
  4. Exit planning; &
  5. Mother Baby specific queries


Participation in the session will help us ensure that referrals to our Adult and Mother Baby Withdrawal Service are successful and accepted for admission in a timely manner.


Date: Wednesday 23rd August 10 to 1pm

Location: 26 Jessie St Coburg 

RSVP by Friday 18th August 2017 to  or (03) 9490 2400.

This article in Crosslight (the Uniting Church paper), features an interview with our CEO Laurence Alvis about our support for the establishment of a Medically Supervised Injecting Centre in Richmond.  See also our response to claims that Christian groups would be 'enraged' by such a development.

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)

croakeyThe following article has been published on the Croakey health journalism site.

The Federal Government’s proposed pilot of drug testing 5,000 applicants for Centrelink benefits has generated passionate public debate since it was announced in Treasurer Morrison’s budget speech.  There has been much that is disturbing within this debate, but nothing more so than the Prime Minister’s claim that it is a ‘policy based on love’.  UnitingCare ReGen CEO Laurence Alvis calls on the Turnbull Government to end the populist scapegoating and start showing genuine interest in practical, evidence based approaches to addressing social inequality.

Read more: Punitive drug testing of welfare recipients is not an act of love (16/05/17)

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)

PATHWAYS LOGO HIGH RESThe Pathways Project is a supportive training program for people who have used ReGen services.

We are providing free Career Counselling every Tuesday (May-August). See the flyer for more information, or contact us to make an appointment.

For more information, or to find out how you can get involved, contact Regina on 03 9384 8894 or