New rehab service increases drug treatment accessibility in Melbourne’s South East (16/10/15)

Melbourne, VIC, 16th October 2015 – UnitingCare ReGen, the lead alcohol and other drug treatment and education agency of UnitingCare Victoria & Tasmania, today announced that the first round of its award winning Catalyst non-residential alcohol and other drug rehabilitation program in Melbourne’s outer south east will commence on November 9, in Narre Warren.

The new six-week program is funded as part of the Victorian Government’s ‘Ice Action Plan’ to increase the availability of free, evidence based treatment services for people experiencing methamphetamine and other drug dependence.

ReGen CEO Laurence Alvis said:

Accessibility of treatment services has been a common concern expressed by communities around Victoria, particularly in relation to the impacts of methamphetamine use. It has been heartbreaking to hear the stories of families who have put themselves into debt to pay for private rehabs when there are free, evidence-based services available.

The new services funded in Narre Warren and other locations around Victoria through the Government’s ‘Ice Action Plan’ will provide an additional 500 treatment places and make it significantly easier for people to get help when they need it most.

ReGen is delighted to be able to deliver our new South East Catalyst program at Connections UnitingCare's NarreWarren site. This location will enable us to provide a proven rehabilitation program for people living in the growth areas of Casey and Cardinia, but which will also be accessible to residents of Greater Dandenong, as well West Gippsland towns such as Warragul.

Connections UnitingCare CEO, Angela Forbes said the agency looked forward to the establishment of the South East Catalyst program:

We’re very pleased to be able to support this program. It’s a great opportunity to expand the range of supports available for the many families within our communities affected by alcohol, methamphetamine or other drug use.

The renovations of the program space are now nearly complete and we’re excited about the commencement of the first Catalyst group on November 9.

ReGen’s Catalyst Programs Manager Shannon Bell said:

We know that, when provided as part of a comprehensive treatment plan, evidence-based, non-residential rehabilitation programs can achieve sustained benefits for participants, their families and the wider community.

We’ll be working closely with treatment providers and other services in the South East to establish co-ordinated pathways into the program and complementary supports for people to support long-term change.

We know that there has been a lot of interest in this program and we’re looking forward to getting the first group underway in November. If you (or someone you care about) would like to be part of the first group, give us a call, or see the ReGen website for more information about the program.

For program information (including independent evaluations of the Catalyst program model), see: or call ReGen on 1800 700 514 (freecall).