ReGen in the Media

A collection of articles, interviews and images of ReGen featured in the media

croakeyThe following article has been published on the Croakey health journalism site:

As the Federal Government ramps up the political rhetoric in promoting its NZ-inspired ‘Priority Investment Approach’ to welfare reform, UnitingCare ReGen CEO Laurence Alvis urges Ministerial caution in the search for easy wins and early outcomes. He says there are lessons to be learned (and avoided) from local and international initiatives that rely on simplistic understandings of complex issues (such as alcohol and other drug dependence) and do little to address the structural and social determinants of health.

Read more: Federal Government needs to resist urge to scapegoat welfare recipients (27/09/16)

The following article has been published by Crosslight (the Uniting Church paper) in response to last night's Four Corners program on the private rehabilitation industry.  It features our CEO, Laurence, explaining that there is much more to AOD treatment than residential rehabilitation and the importance of holistic responses to people's typically complex needs.


An ABC Four Corners report that aired on Monday night revealed the high price parents pay to help their children fight ice addiction.

Many publicly-funded rehabilitation centres have long waiting lists, forcing some parents to turn to expensive private clinics.

According to the Four Corners report, the standard cost for a three-month treatment is $30,000. Many parents risk emptying their superannuation accounts or face the possibility of bankruptcy to fund their children’s treatment.

UnitingCare ReGen CEO Laurence Alvis said residential rehabilitation is not the only option for people seeking support for substance abuse.

Read more: Private pain of rehab: ReGen responds to Four Corners program (13/09/16)

An edited version of the following article has been published on the Croakey health journalism website.croakey

The article is our response to recent media coverage and broader concerns about the marketing claims made by some for-profit AOD services.


As the capacity of mainstream media outlets to fund quality journalism continues to decline, they become increasingly reliant on cheap, externally sourced content. UnitingCare ReGen CEO Laurence Alvis highlights the increasing success of for-profit providers of alcohol and other drug (AOD) treatment and drug testing services in securing free promotion (and occasional explicit endorsement) of their services by compliant (and unquestioning) media outlets. He argues that this success is distorting public understanding of the impacts of AOD use, the treatment options available and appropriate policy responses.

Read more: Decline of mainstream media a boon for for-profit drug services; a bust for informed debate...