ReGen celebrates national clinical leadership award for Rose McCrohan (11/11/15)

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Melbourne, VIC, 11th November 2015 – UnitingCare ReGen, the lead alcohol and other drug (AOD) treatment and education agency of UnitingCare Victoria & Tasmania, today celebrated the success of Rose McCrohan (Manager of ReGen’s adult residential withdrawal service in Ivanhoe) in winning the 2015 Clinician Award for excellence and leadership in clinical practice in the field of substance use at last night’s APSAD Conference dinner.

The Australian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs awards recognise researchers and practitioners who have made an outstanding contribution to reducing the harms associated with alcohol and other drug use in Australasia. Rose’s award was based on her 25-year contribution to the Victorian alcohol and other drugs treatment sector, particularly her work in improving the management and effectiveness of residential withdrawal programs.

Rose has managed Curran Place (ReGen’s residential withdrawal service in Ivanhoe) since 2005. In that time she has been a driver of change within ReGen’s services and the wider treatment sector.

In 2009, Rose became Victoria’s first Alcohol and Other Drug Nurse Practitioner and has been a key supporter of an expanded role for Nurse Practitioners within AOD and Mental Health treatment: supervising other Nurse Practitioner candidates through their endorsement process and advocating for a broadening opportunities for the role in community practice and to increase the number of pharmacotherapy prescribers in Victoria (an issue of longstanding concern within the AOD treatment sector).

On receiving her award, she said:

It’s been tremendous to see the progress we’ve made in improving the accessibility and effectiveness of AOD treatment. I’m honoured to have been able to play a part in the establishment of Nurse Practitioners as a vital element of the AOD and Mental Health treatment systems.

I’d like to thank ReGen for all its support along the journey (so far) and all my colleagues who have helped us develop the services we now have in place, at ReGen and elsewhere in the Victorian treatment system.

Commenting on the award and Rose’s work with the agency, ReGen CEO Laurence Alvis said:

ReGen is delighted that Rose has received this recognition for her sustained vision and leadership. We know how important she has been to the development of our clinical systems over the past ten years but she has also shown an incredible commitment to supporting colleagues outside the agency and improving practice across the AOD and Mental Health sectors.

At ReGen, we are committed to supporting our staff and consumers to lead the development of evidence-based innovations in clinical practice. While Rose’s achievements clearly deserve this recognition, a key feature of the ongoing improvement of our programs and clinical systems is the broad-ranging leadership across the organisation.