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A community response to alcohol and other drug issues in the City of Yarra

YDHF partners with people that live/work in the City of Yarra, along with the broader community, to reduce the harmful impacts of drug and alcohol misuse by promoting evidence-based, humane & compassionate policy and program approaches’.

We do this by holding regular meetings where all interested individuals or services may attend & share their concerns or help codesign solutions.

Current issues:

  • Public drinking
  • Public drunkenness
  • MSIR trial in North Richmond

Community Forums

Laws to Regulate Public Drinking

Pros, Pitfalls, Evidence and Alternatives An opportunity for the community to hear from health expert Dr Rob Moodie about evidence-based health approaches to issues associated with the public consumption of alcohol, and some key stakeholders in the City of Yarra…

The Future of Cannabis in Victoria

The Inquiry into Use of Cannabis in Victoria’s report was tabled on Thursday the 5th of August. INQUIRY INTO THE USE OF CANNABIS IN VICTORIA Beginning all the way back in May of 2019, the Legislative Council agreed to inquire,…

International Overdose Awareness Day 2021

We’re inviting you to join our live stream on International Overdose Awareness Day, hearing from those who understand the issue through professional engagement, and those who understand it through direct personal experiences. Decades of expensive prohibition and policing haven’t reduced…

Courting Drugs – Punishment or Opportunity?

In this forum, we focus in on the role of the courts in matters concerning substance use. Our guest speakers will discuss the different approaches to justice being explored and that need to be explored in Victoria. We will hear…

Reflections on the Royal Commission into Mental Health

The Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System delivered its final report on 3 February 2021 and it was tabled in Parliament by the Victorian Government on 2 March 2021. The work of the Commission has now concluded. SPEAKERS:Dr Neil…

Drugs, Stigma and the Media

SPEAKERS:– Dr. Liam Engel, Adjunct Research Fellow at Edith Cowan University– Judy Ryan, North Richmond resident and community activist Yarra Drug & Health Forum invite you to our interactive community forum, this month focused on stigma and discrimination experienced by…

YDHF March Forum

Read more about the program below.

International Family Drug Support Day 2021

The 24th of February 2021 marks International Family Drug Support Day. This is a non-partisan event reflecting the widespread support for families dealing with drug use issues that exist across all political parties and the community. This year’s theme is…

December 2020 Meeting – Impacts and Opportunities of COVID-19

Topic: Impacts of Covid on drug markets, drug use patterns and drug related harms. Professor Paul Dietze Program Director, Behaviours and Health Risks Burnet Institute Professor Paul Dietze is one of Australia’s leading alcohol and other drug epidemiologists with a significant…

2020 Annual Meeting with Jon Faine

Broadcaster, lawyer and journalist Jon Faine joins the forum today to look back at the strange year that was 2020 and ask – What does community look like in a post covid world? We say thank you and goodbye to…

International Overdose Awareness Day Online Forum – Compassion Not Judgement

Live stream on #IOAD2020 at 7:30pm on our website. In honour of loved ones lost and dearly missed, our aim is to raise awareness and reduce stigma within our communities around this significant health issue.

Public Opinion, Crime & Justice

Lunchtime Community Information Forum Take the opportunity over a sandwich to share information about your concerns, learn about evidence based approaches to minimizing harm from substance use, and connect with others who want to work collaboratively to improve things for…

35 years of Harm Reduction in Yarra

Meeting Room 3 Richmond Town Hall Bridge Road Richmond Topics/Speakers: Achievements and challenges of 35 years of harm reduction in Yarra Vera Boston Former CEO North Yarra Community Health, Founding member Yarra Drug and Health Forum, Resident of Yarra Harm…

2019 | Annual Meeting

Kim Sykes is a resident of Yarra and has extensive clinical, policy, management and governance experience within the health system.  She is currently manager of education for the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (Vic Branch) and is Vice President of…

Community Info Evening

Yarra AOD Community Info Evening The Yarra Drug & Health Forum (YDHF) is a community network project targeted at those living and working in the City of Yarra. YDHF meetings are an opportunity for community members and those with relevant…

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Yarra Drug & Health Forum events online and across the City of Yarra

Subscribe to our YouTube channel for video from our events and playlists with information from other accounts looking and drug and health issues across Victoria.

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