Latest News from ReGen

News items regarding activities at ReGen.

View our Media Releases here

Events and Seminars here

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)

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)

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


The public empathy with victims of shocking public violence in Melbourne’s CBD is in marked contrast to the growing pattern of stigmatising rhetoric and punitive policies towards those most at risk of violence in our city. Donna Ribton-Turner (UnitingCare ReGen’s acting CEO) considers what effect the broad pattern of public figures blaming individuals for structural and social problems is having on public attitudes (and public policy), and what needs to change if we are to achieve sustainable improvements in homelessness, alcohol and other drug use and other contributors to disadvantage within our communities.

Read more: Vilifying the vulnerable & marginalised will not solve social problems (31/01/17)

The next session of our free Family Methamphetamine First Aid program (for family members affected by a loved one's methamphetamine use) will be run at at our Coburg site on Feb 16 (4-8pm).

See the program page for more information, or call Marg for inquiries (03) 9384 8882.

Thanks to all who participated in the training: another inspiring group!


Our next round of free Consumer Participation training will be on 13-14 December in Coburg.

If you use (or have used) our services and are interested in making a contribution to their future planning and delivery, we'd love to hear from you.

See the training flyer for more information, or contact Regina:  / 03 9384 8894.

Coverage in the Age of the launch of our new Mother and Baby withdrawal service, featuring an interview with one of our consumers who bravely shared her story to highlight the particular and interrelated impacts of trauma, mental health, stigma and AOD use on mothers with young children (and the need for specialist services like this one).  

In spite of the headline, Anne's story also emphasises the determination and resilience of people who use our services in overcoming significant challenges to rebuild their lives (and those of their families).

A huge thanks to Anne and all the people who have used our services and contributed to the development of this new service.

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)


Thanks to everyone who participated in Naloxone Awareness Week. You can see some images on our Facebook page. We'll also be putting some new resources on our site soon.

If you weren't able to make the training sessions, speak to one of our staff about how we can help you get free naloxone.


Why have a Naloxone Awareness Week?

People who use opioids such as heroin, codeine, fentanyl and oxycontin are vulnerable to overdose. In 2015, more than one person a day died of overdose in Australia.

Naloxone (also known as Narcan) is a harmless substance that can save people from opioid overdose. It is relatively easy to use and is available either on prescription or over the counter at a pharmacy.

Naloxone is a crucial harm reduction tool. In the right hands (anyone who is likely to witness an overdose), it can save lives and prevent permanent injuries.

We are holding a Naloxone Awareness Week to enable those who use opioids, their friends and families, people who work with people who use opioids and the wider community to become confident in the identification and treatment of overdose, including the use of naloxone.


What will ReGen be doing for Naloxone Awareness Week?

ReGen will be undertaking a range of activities during the week:

FREE training on how to recognise and respond to overdose, as well as access to FREE naloxone (at the end of the training. We will be running two different sessions on Wednesday, 23 November, at our Coburg site for the following groups:

- Community-sector workers who want to know how to educate people as well as how to respond to overdose (10am - 12noon).
- People who use opioids, their families & friends and the wider community (1pm - 3pm).

We will be providing a lunch between the two training sessions to allow people to chat and share ideas and experiences.

• Information displays and presentations across ReGen’s sites.

• Awareness raising through media releases and social media advocacy.

• Agency representation at related external events.


How can I get involved?

Come to a training session, get yourself some naloxone and tell your friends/family/anyone who might be interested to do the same.  

Join in the Naloxone Awareness Week advocacy online using the #NaloxoneWeek hashtag.

To reserve a training place, or to get further information, please contact Ginny on: 03 9384 8887 / .