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.

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

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

Melbourne, VIC, 4th May 2015 – Participants in UnitingCare ReGen’s Innovation in Action seminar provided a clear and wide ranging critique of the current reforms to the Victorian alcohol and other drug (AOD) treatment sector. Key issues raised by consumers, service providers and sector leaders during the event related to the accessibility, consistency and effectivenes of the current treatment system.

Read more: ReGen seminar hears community, sector concerns with AOD treatment reforms (04/05/15)

Melbourne, VIC, 26th June 2015 – UnitingCare ReGen, the lead alcohol and other drug treatment and education agency of UnitingCare Victoria & Tasmania, today welcomed the announcement of new treatment programs to be delivered across Victoria as part of the Andrews Government’s response to the impacts of methamphetamine and other drug use in regional and rural communities.

Read more: ReGen welcomes expansion of Victorian non-residential drug rehabilitation services (26/06/15)

Melbourne, VIC, 28th April 2014 – UnitingCare ReGen, the lead alcohol and other drug treatment and education agency of UnitingCare Victoria & Tasmania is hosting its annual free Innovation Seminar at its Coburg site on Thursday, April 30.

The seminar will be opened by the Hon. Martin Foley MP, Minister for Mental Health and will feature a range of presentations on the theme of ‘Innovation, inclusion and collaboration’, by ReGen, partner services and consumers. A panel discussion involving representatives from across the Victorian treatment sector will then consider the current state of sector reform and what remains to be done to improve the accessibility, consistency and effectiveness of AOD treatment services.

Read more: ReGen seminar to consider progress of Vic AOD treatment reforms (28/04/15)