ReCord: ReGen's December 2012 Update.
UnitingCare ReGen - Formerly UnitingCare Moreland Hall.
This issue: Christmas Card, Movember, service updates, media and advocacy.
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Welcome to the ReGen ReCord

As we come to the end of the year, we’ve undertaken some significant changes including our new name, which was a featured on page 6 of our annual report. This edition of the ReGen ReCord includes an interactive DVD for clients who are waiting for withdrawal; the release of the final external evaluation of the Catalyst pilot; advocacy in social and traditional media; and a (brief) round up of the latest thinking in AOD from Australia and overseas. 

Please let us know what you think about the 'ReCord' and feel free to forward this to anyone you think might be interested

Wishing you a happy (and safe) Christmas. 

Laurence Alvis CEO – UnitingCare ReGen

P.S. Check out our innovative
        Christmas card here

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New stuff from ReGen

Not Just Waiting - a new DVD for clients
In order to help people get the most benefit from their participation in our services, ReGen have developed an interactive DVD designed for people who have undertaken an AOD assessment and are waiting for a place with ReGen’s residential withdrawal services (Curran Place - adult or Williams House - youth). Not Just Waiting provides people with a variety of key information and guided activities to help them prepare for withdrawal and beyond. The 11 minute DVD is free for people using our services and was developed following feedback from clients and clinicians. It compliments the Take It Away books: ‘Planning for Change’ and ‘Keeping Going’, which are available to purchase as a resource.

Catalyst – Final evaluation report
Our award-winning Catalyst Non-Residential Alcohol Rehabilitation Program received great feedback in its final external evaluation report, with recommendations that ReGen expand the program into the South East Metropolitan Region and Barwon South West Region. The report also recommended that we investigate expanding the program to include other drug types and/or target groups, and stressed the importance of ReGen's continuing internal evaluation of the program. Following the three year pilot, Catalyst was funded by the Victorian Department of Health for a further four years from July 2012.

See the Not Just Waiting video here


Recognising the need for more awareness around men’s health, particularly in relation to alcohol use, the ReGen men (with a Mo' Sista) sprouted dazzling feats of facial architecture to raise funds for Movember. Check our Facebook page for progress pics.

Update on our services

On duty during the festive season
AS usual, ReGen's youth and adult residential withdrawal services will be operating uninterrupted 24/7/365, whilst other services will be closed on the public holidays and open for business throughout the rest of the Christmas and New Year period. 

Training Calendar
ReGen's Education & Training team provides a comprehensive service which is informed by the latest research and also draws on the practical experience and insights gained from direct service delivery. The 2013 calendars for client courses or competency based training for AOD, mental health or other allied health workers are up now. Alternatively, contact us about organising customised training for your organisation.

New positions
The Victorian Department of Health have funded ReGen for two new senior positions (an Assessment, Care and Recovery Co-ordinator and an Acquired Brain Injury specialist) that increases our capacity to provide holistic, co-ordinated support to people using our services.

We have also created a new Evaluation and Communications role to enable us to ensure our services reflect best practice, develop new approaches and advocacy for change.

AusAid visits
As part of our commitment to sharing knowledge and helping improve service delivery worldwide, ReGen continues to host international visitors through AusAID and Burnet Institute. Recent delegates came from the Soloman Islands and PNG and a group of doctors from Afghanistan.

Conference presentations
ReGen staff have recently presented at APSAD (Melbourne) and the Australian Association of Family Therapists (Perth), including Family Inclusive Practice, alcohol diversion programs and social media. Check our website below to see some of the presentations

See some of the conference presentations

Advocacy in action

Having our say… with the media
ReGen continues to advocate for responsible and accurate media coverage of issues relating to drug and alcohol use. Recently, we’ve been published in The Age on AFL drug policy and the Sunday Herald Sun praising their sensitive coverage of the issues surrounding young families affected by parental drug and alcohol use. We’ve also published an article in Australian Scout on reducing harms during the festive season and been interviewed by the Hootville Communications' dog about our rebranding process.

Read our other media releases including the value of increasing access to opioid pharmacotherapies and naloxone.

The King of Twitter... but not for long 
While it was gratifying to be named the ‘King of Twitter’ by Raimondo Bruno at the recent APSAD conference (sorry Mr Obama), it was a little embarrassing the following morning to discover that we had ‘broken’ our account. It seems that the volume of our tweets triggered the network’s spam filters, with the result that we were cut off for the rest of the day.

See more of our advocacy work

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:

View our collection of recent media articles

Over to you

You can support our work by donating, supporting our advocacy on social media, or doing your own. Our position papers can be a useful resource if you’re looking into a key AOD issue such as Recovery Oriented Practice.

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