ReGen seminar highlights methamphetamine treatment options (08/03/14)

Melbourne, VIC, 7th March 2013 – UnitingCare ReGen (formerly Moreland Hall), the lead alcohol and other drug treatment and education agency of UnitingCare Victoria & Tasmania, is delighted to announce that Associate Professor Nicole Lee, recognised internationally for her research into methamphetamine use and treatment, was the keynote speaker at the agency’s 2014 Free ‘Innovation in Action’ Seminar (#iAOD14).

**Due to an overwhelming level of interest in the event from service providers across the Victorian Community Sector, we have closed registrations for the seminar.  For those who have missed out on a place, we will be livestreaming all proceedings to ReGen's YouTube channel.  For those unable to watch it live, the video will remain available on our channel after the event.** 

Slides presented at #iAOD14 are available via ReGen's SlideShare page.
The text of Bill's presentation is available on our client blog.

Photos from the event are on our Facebook page.

 

The program and speaker details for the event are now available, as is the #iAOD14 Twitter guide.

Nicole's latest piece on methamphetamine use has just been published in The Conversation.

 

Melbourne, VIC, 7th March 2013 – UnitingCare ReGen (formerly Moreland Hall), the lead alcohol and other drug treatment and education agency of UnitingCare Victoria & Tasmania, is delighted to announce that Associate Professor Nicole Lee, recognised internationally for her research into methamphetamine use and treatment, will be the keynote speaker at the agency’s 2014 Free ‘Innovation in Action’ Seminar (#iAOD14).

As the Victorian alcohol and other drug (AOD) treatment sector waits with baited breath for the outcome of the recommissioning process, the ongoing challenge of how to respond to the impacts of methamphetamine use and dependence continues to be at the forefront of public and sector debate.

Much of this debate has been characterised by pessimism about treatment options and a sense of desperation for a ‘solution’ to the problems associated with methamphetamine dependence. While there is much that we are yet to learn about methamphetamine treatment and longer-term recovery pathways, the AOD sector already has many tools at its disposal.

This seminar will look at innovation - what works, what doesn’t, and what we can do to improve the sector’s capacity to respond to the needs of people who use methamphetamine. Nicole’s keynote presentation will highlight key features of methamphetamine use, including the unique effects of methamphetamine on the brain, which may help to explain the often more erratic and protracted treatment course. An expert in the translation of research findings into treatment practice, she will discuss creative strategies that can be easily implemented by Victorian AOD services.

In addition to Nicole’s keynote presentation, the event will feature a range of expert speakers, including:

  • ReGen staff and consumers discussing:
    • Adapting established service models for methamphetamine withdrawal
    • Consumer participation and the experience of using services at ReGen
  • Q&A panel featuring:
    • Helen Kennedy, Manager Family Counselling Service – VAHS
    • Aileen Ashford, CEO – CPS
    • Sam Biondo, Executive Officer – VAADA
    • Assoc Prof Nicole Lee
    • Donna Ribton-Turner, Director of Clinical Services – ReGen

Seminar speakers will be available after the seminar for media interviews.

Event details

When: Thursday, 20th March 2014

Time: 9am registration for 9.30am start ending at midday

Location: UnitingCare ReGen, 26 Jessie Street, Coburg VIC 3058 (three mins from Moreland train station - Upfield line). Limited parking available.

RSVP: By Friday, 14th March 2014 via Eventbrite or contact Lisa Lanphier (03) 9384 8824 or  (including disability needs).

Ends

For further information or comment please contact Laurence Alvis (03 9384 8880), or media contact Paul Aiken (0435 875 818).

Background about ReGen:  UnitingCare ReGen is the lead alcohol and other drugs treatment and education agency of UnitingCare Victoria & Tasmania. We have been promoting health and reducing alcohol and other drug related harm since 1970.  We support social justice and sustainable change at an individual, community and systemic level.