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croakeyThe following article has been published on the Croakey health journalism site.  It has also been republished by Crosslight (the Uniting Church paper).

Methamphetamine is back at the forefront of national attention, thanks to the framing of new wastewater analysis data as further evidence of a national ‘ice epidemic’.

The reality, of course, is more complex, according to UnitingCare ReGen CEO Laurence Alvis. In the article below, he calls for political leaders to stop using drug policy as a political tool and for journalists to lift their game.

Read more: Stop using drug policy as a political tool - a message to the Federal Govt (03/04/17)

VICDOC APR MAY cover LowResThe Australian Medical Association (Victoria) have featured our Mother and Baby withdrawal service  in the new edition of their vicdoc magazine. Thanks to the association for helping to raise awareness of the service amongst health professionals outside the AOD sector.  See the article (2MB), or the full magazine (6MB) that also features an article on the AMA's support for the establishment of a Medically Supervised Injecting Centre in Melbourne.

As part of our Consumer Pathways Project, our next round of free Consumer Participation Training will be held on March 28 & 29 (10am-4pm) at our Coburg site.

Training topics will include:

  • Consumer Participation

  • Orientation to ReGen

  • ReGen policy

  • Harm reduction and other health rights

  • Self-care

  • The Consumer Consultant experience

  • How to run a meeting

  • Aboriginal peoples experience of AOD service delivery.

See the training flyer for more information.

Contact Jen, our Pathways Worker on (03) 9384 8834 or email () to find out more about the training, or to book your spot.

We will be posting details of free competency-based training in AOD work shortly. 

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.