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This extended piece in Crosslight (the national newspaper for the Uniting Church in Australia)  focuses on our work developing targetted treatment responses to methamphetamine dependence and the story of Sarah, one of our Consumer Consultants. A huge thanks to Sarah for sharing her story and her experience of our services.

We submitted the following letter to the editor of The Age in response to a terrible piece on methamphetamine use and policy. The letter wasn't published, but this article was, which provides an even better response.


Simplistic moralising not the answer
It was disappointing to see The Age publishing Karalee Katsambanis’ dangerous simplification of the issues that contribute to methamphetamine use in Australia and the possible policy responses (‘Ice addicts: why is it never their fault?’). Moralistic attitudes towards people who are dependent on alcohol or other drugs (based on the assumption that it is evidence of gross moral failings) are not new but they do a tremendous disservice to the individuals and families affected. They reinforce stigma and make it harder for people to seek help.
For Katsambanis to claim that ‘just say no’ is, ‘really the only way to go’, ignores the great body of evidence for effective responses to alcohol and other drug related harm. It didn’t work in the 80’s. It won’t work now.
Katsambis is wrong on the causes of methamphetamine dependence. She is wrong on how to prevent it. For The Age to publish such an uniformed piece, when there is abundant informed opinion on this issue is an opportunity wasted.

Laurence Alvis
CEO, UnitingCare ReGen

croakeyThe following piece has been published on the new Croakey health blog.

While the Prime Minister relies on populist (but ineffective) responses to what he has sensationally described as our ‘national Ice crisis’, UnitingCare ReGen’s CEO Laurence Alvis reflects on Senator Richard Di Natale’s genuine leadership on drug policy debate and the need for improved access to evidence based treatment services to address the very real harms being experienced around the country within communities affected by methamphetamine use.

Read more: Now is the time for national leadership on ice (28/08/15)

Peer Support is weekly group run by people who have used ReGen's services. It is on Thursdays at 26 Jessie Street, Coburg, commencing 6.00pm. 

Please contact Gene on (03) 9384 8882 or  if you or someone you know is interested in participating

Thanks to all who participated in the event. You can see photos from the day (including people's support and advocacy messages on our remembrance tree) on our Facebook page.  The slides from the DanceWize and Mirabel Foundation presentations are available on our SlideShare page.


With the aim of promoting an understanding that overdose is preventable, ReGen is holding an event at it's Coburg site (26 Jessie St) on Monday August 31, 2015 from 12pm - 2pm.

For full details view the flyer.

To register for the event, sign up via Eventbrite.

The Victorian Department of Health and Human Services is undertaking a review of the recent changes that have been made to AOD and Mental Health Community Support Services.  

The Department has commissioned aspex consulting to conduct an independent consultation with people who have used the new services and those providing them.  

If you would like to provide anonymous feedback on your experience with these services (including our services) or the impact of the sector reforms, the aspex consulting survey takes approximately 10 minutes to complete.  

Alternatively, the Association of Participating Service Users is also collecting feedback from individuals and family members on the new services.  See the APSU website for details.

ReGen has designed a practical hands-on training program informed by the development and learnings from our Catalyst and Torque non-residential rehabilitation programs. This comprehensive training program is designed based on an extensive review of the AOD literature and provides a level of adaptability and flexibility that meets the needs of different target groups and communities.

The range of training and workforce development packages included within the program are designed to support the establishment of new Community Therapeutic Day Programs around the state.  The core training modules will cover the delivery of therapuetic groups and other advanced clinical interventions, based on ReGen's Catalyst and Torque programs.  

The three packages include:

  1. Baseline package - Seven day training program (aligned with competency units on group work and therapeutic interventions) providing workers with the opportunity to become practiced and skilled facilitators in the delivery of the Catalyst materials.  
  2. Accredited package - Baseline package plus onsite observation and assessment for accredited units of competency.
  3. Accredited and guided support package - Accredited package plus supervision for Team Leaders of new therapeutic day programs.

See the training brochure for more information about the packages and the ReGen staff who will be providing them.