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National Recognition for Moreland Hall Youth Withdrawal Service Attention: open in a new window. PDFPrintE-mail

Melbourne, VIC, 28th May, 2012 – UnitingCare Moreland Hall, one of Victoria’s leading alcohol and other drugs agencies, today welcomed the announcement that its youth residential withdrawal service, Gwenyth Williams House, has been listed as a finalist at the 2012 National Drug and Alcohol Awards in the Excellence in Services for Young People.

Award winners will be announced on June 22nd, at a gala dinner to mark the end of Drug Action Week.

Moreland Hall CEO, Laurence Alvis said:

This is another great result for Moreland Hall. Our youth services play a key role in supporting young people and their families to address the impact of alcohol and other drug use on their lives.

Gwenyth Williams House has long been recognised within the treatment and broader community sector for the quality of its services and the willingness of its staff to work creatively with young people, their families and other service providers to support sustainable change. This national recognition provides further evidence of the importance of our approach to engaging young people and providing holistic responses to their treatment and support needs.

The recognition also continues Moreland Hall’s great record at the National Drug and Alcohol Awards. This is now the sixth time that Moreland Hall has been a finalist at the awards since 2006, with our Catalyst non-residential alcohol rehabilitation program winning the 2011 award for Excellence in Treatment and Support. This year’s nomination marks the second time that Gwenyth Williams House has been a finalist, with the service’s Art Therapy program shortlisted in 2007.

There are many great services in Australia providing effective and innovative programs. There’s very tough competition but we’ll be keeping our fingers crossed that we can take out an award two years in a row. It would be a great conclusion to what will be a very busy Drug Action Week for us. As well as providing a wide range of activities to increase public awareness of key issues relating to alcohol and other drug use, we’ll also be launching our new name.

Hopefully, the awards will provide the first of many future achievements under our new identity.


For further information or comment please contact Laurence Alvis on (03) 9384 8880 or 0421 811 707.

Background about Moreland Hall: UnitingCare Moreland Hall is the lead Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) treatment and education agency of UnitingCare Victoria & Tasmania. Moreland Hall has been operating since 1970 and provides a range of treatment and education services, including withdrawal and rehabilitation programs, counselling and support in the community and at Victorian prisons, professional development, drug diversion programs, supported accommodation and youth and family programs.