ReCord: ReGen's Spring Newsletter 2012.
UnitingCare ReGen - Formerly UnitingCare Moreland Hall.
This issue: Rebranding, free trauma resource, advocacy, media and contact details.
UnitingCare ReGen

Welcome to the ReCord, ReGen’s new eNewsletter

It’s our way of keeping you up-to-date with what we’re doing to promote health and reduce alcohol and other drug (AOD) related harm, recent developments across the agency and throughout the wider AOD sector.

Please let us know what you think about the 'ReCord' and feel free to forward this to a friend.

Why not update your records with ReGen's latest contact details, a summary of our services, or read more about our approach.

Interested in effective AOD family practice? If so, join us at ReGen's Annual General Meeting from 6pm on Tuesday 13th November. 

Laurence Alvis, CEO

Changing our name

UnitingCare ReGen became the new organisation name after 42 years as UnitingCare Moreland Hall.  The official launch of ReGen by Minister Mary Wooldridge helped kick off Drug Action Week in Victoria on June 15th 2012. 

The occasion also included the formal announcement of new funding for our award-winning Catalyst Non-Residential Alcohol Rehabilitation Program, the release of our Recovery Oriented Practice Position Paper and Supporting Evidence and the generous sharing by three people (who use our services) of their own ‘Roads to Recovery’.

If you’re wondering why we decided to undertake this significant change, you can read a brief explanation about the renaming or a slightly longer account of the rebranding process we went through.  The changes won’t affect the way we work and our focus on providing the best support we can.

Read more about our name change

Free trauma resource

ReGen recently launched a new, evidenced-based trauma resource that provides AOD workers and other allied clinicians with practical skills and knowledge to assist a client to work with their trauma issues. It was picked up and promoted in the UK by Drugscope before we officially launched it. 

Obtain a FREE copy of the trauma resource

Update on our services

National Awards –  After our win last year with Catalyst in the National Drug & Alcohol Awards, our Williams House residential withdrawal service was a finalist in the Excellence in Services for Young People category (for the second time). 

Renewed Program Funding – We are pleased to have received continued Federal funding for our Family Counselling, Intensive Support Service and Hume Youth & Parents Drug Service (HYP-d).  These critical services will now continue for at least another three years.

Thanks to our good friends at the SHARE Community Appeal and the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation who provided new funding for the provision of fruit and breakfast packs to meet basic needs for people participating in our services.  Their support will also help stock a wider range of supplies for our Needle and Syringe Program to support harm reduction efforts by people participating in our services.

Treatment in a Single Session?  – Our Family Counselling program has developed the evidence-based ReGen Single Session service model for use with family members and other loved ones affected by an individual’s AOD use.  As part of our Drug Action Week activities, we ran a Single Session Open Day to help raise awareness of the service.

Playgroup – ReGen's Intensive Playgroup in Coburg was named ‘Playgroup of the Month’ by Playgroup Victoria.  Hoorah!

Online Services – ReGen has undertaken a project to trial the use of video-conferencing for remote assessment (see Mario in action with WRAD above). Our assessment and triage staff are being equipped with webcams, headsets and lots of practise to explore how this technology can improve access to our services. 

Find out more about our current services

Client feedback

We regularly collect client opinion on a range of issues relating to AOD use, the service sector and public debate of AOD issues. In the context of the apparent policy shift towards Recovery Oriented Practice, our last survey asked clients how relevant the concept of Recovery was to them.

Read the brief report

Advocacy in action

Having our say… with the media
To inform public discussion of AOD issues and challenge the stigmatisation of people who use AOD (and their families) we have recently had media hits on Channel Ten's The Circle, The Age, MX and ABC774, as well as our say on trauma and AOD use, impact of stigmatising language in media coverage and Australia’s drinking culture.

Social Media
Our social media isn't yet competing with the Justin Biebers of the world, but ReGen's independent rating for influence from Klout is comparable with the Salvos and other leading not-for-profits. Join the conversation with us on TwitterFacebook, LinkedIn and YouTube.

Recently, in partnership with UnitingCare Victoria and Tasmania, we have made submissions to the Federal inquiry into Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and the Victorian Government’s public consultation on Social Housing.

See more of our advocacy work

Employment Opportunities at ReGen

ReGen is a great place to work.

Have a look at our 2012 Staff Survey results to see what staff think of working here.

We are currently seeking qualified and interested applicants for a number of positions:
  • Alcohol & other Drugs Assessment, Care & Recovery Coordination Clinician
  • Registered Nurses
See our employment page for more information

Visit our employment page

Interesting links

Here’s a (very) brief selection of links to recent reports, resources and other publications relating to AOD issues both in Australia and overseas.  If you haven’t seen them already, we think they’re worth a look:
Review of Stigmatising Language in Australian Media Coverage: a critical review by Mindframe of mental health coverage in news and information media.
Drug Testing in Queensland Schools: the announcement by a Gold Coast private school that it was introducing random drug testing of its students generated wide debate.  With schoolies coming up, will this become the new ‘hot topic’ for public debate in Australia?
Austerity Threat to Portugal’s Drug Policy: the prospect of funding cuts for treatment services threatens to undermine the effectiveness of Portugal’s decriminalisation policy.
Torture in the Name of Treatment: a Human Rights Watch report on five years of research on human rights abuses within compulsory drug treatment facilities in Vietnam, China, Cambodia, and Lao PDR.
AOD Use Among Young People in England: the annual NHS survey of 11-15 year olds shows the continued decline in AOD use since 2001.

View our collection of recent media articles

Got our number? Know where to find us?

As a result of the rebranding, a few of our key contact details have changed.
Please update your directories accordingly:

UnitingCare ReGen
26 Jessie St, Coburg,
VIC, Australia 3058

Tel: 03 9386 2876
Fax: 03 9383 6705

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