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A collection of resources from and for the Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) sector.

Credit to all relevant organisations that these resources are re-published from. Make sure to visit their websites for up to date information on their projects, events or campaigns.

YDHF Community Forum – Monday 15 July 12 – 1:30pm

YDHF Community Forum – Monday 15 July 12 – 1:30pm

Progress of the Public Intoxication Reform (PIR) This forum will provide an update on the progress of the implementation of the Public Intoxication Reform process with a focus on the Metropolitan area. Speakers will provide an overview of their agency's…

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YDHF Community Network Forum: Monday 22 April 12-1:30pm

YDHF Community Network Forum: Monday 22 April 12-1:30pm

YDHF Community Network Forum: Monday 22 April 12-1:30pm Speaker: Aiv Puglielli – Greens Member for North East Metropolitan Region Parliament of Victoria Title: Drug Checking: An update from inside state parliament Aiv will provide his insight into what has changed…

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YDHF Community Network Forum: Monday 19 February 12 – 1:30pm

YDHF Community Network Forum: Monday 19 February 12 – 1:30pm

YDHF Community Network Forum: Public Amenity and the North Richmond Medically Supervised Injecting Room Speaker: Bianca Whiteside, PhD candidate, Deakin University and Burnet Institute. Background: Bianca Whiteside, PhD candidate, Deakin University and Burnet Institute will present on her ongoing research at…

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YDHF Community Network Forum: Monday 16th October 12-1:30pm

YDHF Community Network Forum: Monday 16th October 12-1:30pm

What are the challenges for the AOD sector in providing culturally responsive services for CALD communities? Date: Monday 16th October 12pm - 1:30pm. Speakers: Eddie Micallef, Chairperson Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria Mukhtar Mohammed, Coordinator Muslim Connect, Islamic Council of…

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International Overdose Awareness Day BBQ

International Overdose Awareness Day BBQ

Yarra Drug and Health Forum invites you to join us for a lunchtime BBQ to acknowledge International Overdose Awareness Day. An event to honour loved ones lost and dearly missed and to raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma…

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Beyond The Stigma – Laneway Light Exhibition 

Beyond the Stigma – Laneway Light exhibition 

This International Overdose Awareness Day cohealth is creating a light projection installation in the CBD. From 25–31 August a city laneway will be lit up with images and artworks created by people who have a lived experience of drug dependence,…

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Exhibition By MSIR Artists – Launch

Exhibition by MSIR Artists – Launch

Residents for Victoria Street Drug Solutions (RVSDS) warmly invites you to the launch of the final, exciting event of its Victoria Street Alive! 2021-22 community projects series. Victoria Street Alive! has focused on developing and implementing arts and cultural events and activities in Victoria Street,…

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YDHF Proudly Supporting ‘My Community’ Exhibition

YDHF Proudly Supporting ‘My Community’ exhibition

Victoria Street Alive! is a project from Victoria Street Drug Solutions, featuring a program of arts and cultural events and activities in Victoria Street, highlighting the voice of young people, artists + creators, and the disadvantaged. My Community is a…

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Families Support Caring And Supportive Initiatives For Loved Ones

Families Support Caring and Supportive Initiatives for Loved Ones

https://youtu.be/77aIUlOqGGE An excerpt from an interview with Family Drug Support Victorian Project Officer Chloe Span. Chloe talks about the results from FDS's Time For Change report, finding that families overwhelmingly support caring and supportive models over punitive models when assisting…

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Families & The AOD System With Family Drug Support

Families & The AOD System with Family Drug Support

Families want change in drug policy. They are smart, informed and impatient for a health-based response. There is strong support for a reform agenda around drug policy which better reflects the knowledge and work of families in supporting their loved…

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YMHA Terms Of Reference

YMHA Terms of Reference

April 2012 amended February 2021 Statement of Purpose:“The Yarra Mental Health Alliance fosters trust and honesty amongst its members and meetings provide a reflective safe space to share and learn about what is happening within the sector.” Aim:The Yarra Mental…

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March 2022 | Service Providers Forum – POSTPONED

March 2022 | Service Providers Forum – POSTPONED

*Please note, March date postponed until April. Our first forum for 2022 will be a broad-ranging discussion with service-providers from across the Harm Reduction and Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) sector. There is no special guest speaker, as our special…

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Drug Prohibition Perpetuates Harmful Stigma And Discrimination

Drug Prohibition Perpetuates Harmful Stigma and Discrimination

https://youtu.be/MY7AgEu-86w An excerpt from our November 2021 Annual Meeting, featuring a special guest presentation from Sione Crawford, Executive Officer at Harm Reduction Victoria. Sione highlights a recent prohibition campaign from the Australian Federal Police as an example of stigmatising and…

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Farewell And Thank You Bernadette Burchell

Farewell and Thank You Bernadette Burchell

https://youtu.be/e-aqkG_-Z0o An excerpt from our November 2021 Annual Meeting, which featured a special guest presentation from Sione Crawford, Executive Officer at Harm Reduction Victoria. Bernadette Burchell is finishing up with the Yarra Drug & Health Forum after two years leading…

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Thank You Bernadette

Thank You Bernadette

Peter Wearne, YDHF Executive Chairperson On behalf of the Executive of the Yarra Drug and Health Forum, I would like to formally acknowledge the work and leadership of our departing Executive Officer, Ms Bernadette Burchell. It has been 2 years…

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12 Point Plan -> Forward!

12 Point Plan -> Forward!

Advocate for law reform - decriminalize drug use, legalize heroin, look to the story of PortugalAdvocate for a heroin prescribing trial in Yarra/Melbourne, advocate for Cities of Yarra and Melbourne to endorse/advocate for such a serviceAdvocate for more and better…

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VICTORIA – Stepping Forward Online

VICTORIA – Stepping Forward Online

Is someone in your family taking drugs or alcohol? Are you looking for practical, down to earth information and support? About this event SATURDAY November 13th 2021 | 10AM FREE online education session for families and friends, delivering useful information…

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2021 ANNUAL MEETING

2021 ANNUAL MEETING

https://youtu.be/2GMZNcnKX6c Harm Reduction Victoria's Executive Officer Sione Crawford will speak on the topic of stigma and discrimination experienced by people who use drugs. Join us for our annual meeting to hear our wrap of another strange but successful year for…

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Film And Panel Event – Medicating Normal

Film and panel event – Medicating Normal

NOVEMBER 17TH 2021 | 11AM - 1PM Join Reconnexion and NPS Medicinewise for a virtual community screening of Medicating Normal, a 76-minute documentary film that follows the stories of five high-functioning people whose doctors prescribed pills to help with common problems such as stress, mild depression,…

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Path2Help

Path2Help

From the Alcohol and Drug Foundation Access Path2Help Path2Help is an intuitive online tool designed to help you find support and information tailored to the specific needs of your loved ones who use alcohol and other drugs. Research found that…

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Notes From Our October 2021 Meeting

Notes from our October 2021 meeting

Comments:  Kevan (NEXUS) observed that front line community mental health workers haven’t been as engaged  as AOD in the consultation/design process of the integrated system to date. Concern was expressed that AOD services are just going to be inserted into…

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Peer Workers Do Important Work

Peer workers do important work

An excerpt from our March 2021 community forum. https://youtu.be/fwTNZrjQ7OQ Sione Crawford, Executive Officer at Harm Reduction Victoria https://ydhf.org.au/events/ydhf-march-forum/

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YDHF December Community Forum

YDHF December Community Forum

https://youtu.be/NryERvNMeOI YDHF have made it a priority to proactively engage in work and discussions to address the stigma and discrimination experienced by people who use drugs. The December forum of YDHF will look at the stigma and discrimination experienced by…

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#IOAD21 And The Campaign For An Injecting Room

#IOAD21 and the Campaign for an Injecting Room

https://youtu.be/cB8cyIA5Ow4 Judy Ryan speaks on International Overdose Awareness Day 2021 Thank you to everyone who remembers those lost and works toward a post-stigma world that addresses overdose as a public health issue. https://ydhf.org.au/events/international-overdose-awareness-day-2021/

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LIVED (AND LIVING) EXPERIENCE OF INJECTING DRUG USE

LIVED (AND LIVING) EXPERIENCE OF INJECTING DRUG USE

NOMINEES TO THE YARRA DRUG AND HEALTH FORUM EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE The YDHF Executive Committee is seeking the participation of 2 people with lived (or living) experience of injecting drug use in the City of Yarra (Collingwood, Richmond, Fitzroy) on the…

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Submissions For #IOAD2021

Submissions for #IOAD2021

What does International Overdose Awareness Day mean to you?This is a call out to you to participate in the Yarra Drug and Health Forum event in 2021 tocommemorate International Drug Overdose Awareness Day (IOAD) by recording yourself answeringthat question and…

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Victorian Inquiry Points Path Toward Cannabis Legalisation

Victorian Inquiry Points Path Toward Cannabis Legalisation

https://youtu.be/vxJEycFnh20 An excerpt from our special August 2021 forum, The Future of Cannabis in Victoria with Chair of the Committee, Fiona Patten MLC and leader of the Reason Party TWITTER https://twitter.com/FionaPattenMLC WATCH FULL FORUM https://ydhf.org.au/events/the-future-of-cannabis-in-victoria/

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Police Cells Are Not Safe Places For Aboriginal People

Police Cells are not Safe Places for Aboriginal People

https://youtu.be/jp8XQ2JqPds An excerpt from our August 2021 forum, Laws to Regulate Public Drinking with Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service (VALS) – George Selvanera, Acting CEO MORE DETAILS https://ydhf.org.au/events/laws-to-regulate-public-drinking/

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Laws To Regulate Public Drinking

Laws to Regulate Public Drinking

Pros, Pitfalls, Evidence and Alternatives https://youtu.be/4bzmWz-N0Vs 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…

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The Future Of Cannabis In Victoria

The Future of Cannabis in Victoria

https://youtu.be/cuVLDBeIZfo 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…

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International Overdose Awareness Day 2021

International Overdose Awareness Day 2021

WATCH HERE Live 7:30pm, Monday September 6th NEW DATE - Live event postponedDue to unforeseen circumstances, we will now be hosting our IOAD event on Monday the 6th of September at 7:30pm. We’re inviting you to join our live stream…

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INQUIRY INTO USE OF CANNABIS IN VICTORIA

INQUIRY INTO USE OF CANNABIS IN VICTORIA

Current cannabis policy undeniably causes harm, but particularly for adolescent and young adults, who can experience long-lasting and disproportionate harms from the criminal justice system, particularly if they acquire a criminal record due to a minor cannabis offence
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The Power Of Connection

The power of connection

https://youtu.be/C_gyPm5jvuE An excerpt from our November 2019 forum, back when in-person events were still possible and Covid-19 hadn't yet appeared on the radar. Kim Sykes is the former CEO of Bendigo Community Health and reflects on the mental and physical…

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Courting Drugs – Punishment Or Opportunity?

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…

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End Overdose. Promote Health And Human Rights #IHRD2021

End overdose. Promote health and human rights #IHRD2021

https://youtu.be/ZfraAAfzV8w The 7th of May is International Harm Reduction Day, where we promote evidence based public health policy, practices and human rights to end overdose and signficantly reduce drug harm. Mick Clear spoke at our International Overdose Awareness Day event…

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Paul Dietze On COVID-19 And Drug Use

Paul Dietze on COVID-19 and drug use

https://youtu.be/-aqBLBuADcc Professor Paul Dietze An excerpt from our December 2020 end of year forum. https://ydhf.org.au/events/december-2020-meeting-impacts-and-opportunities-of-covid-19/ Professor Paul Dietze is one of Australia’s leading alcohol and other drug epidemiologists and speaks here about recent research into changing drug use patterns during…

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Stigma In The Media

Stigma in the media

https://youtu.be/K4GvFwf49Ac Dr. Liam Engel An excerpt from our April 2021 forum 'Drugs, Stigma and the Media' https://ydhf.org.au/events/drugs-stigma-and-the-media/ Dr. Liam Engel is an adjunct research fellow at Edith Cowan University and talks about the role of stigma in perpetuating and fostering…

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International Harm Reduction Day 2021

International Harm Reduction Day 2021

https://youtu.be/ZfraAAfzV8w Today is International Harm Reduction Day, where we promote evidence based public health policy, practices and human rights to end overdose and signficantly reduce drug harm. https://twitter.com/cohealth_au/status/1390428230641803264 https://twitter.com/YarraDrugForum/status/1390504664949411843 https://twitter.com/ihrdmay Mick Clear spoke at our International Overdose Awareness Day event last year about…

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Reflections On The Royal Commission Into Mental Health

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. https://youtu.be/abIuhj5RAus SPEAKERS:Dr…

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Drugs, Stigma And The Media

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…

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International Family Drug Support Day 2021

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…

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International Family Drug Support Day Media Release

International Family Drug Support Day Media Release

On the eve of International Family Drug Support Day (24 February) with the theme 'Family Connection not Tough Love', an alliance of community organisations is speaking out against drug dependence stigma and pointing out the futility of ‘tough love’ approaches…

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December 2020 Meeting – Impacts And Opportunities Of COVID-19

December 2020 Meeting – Impacts and Opportunities of COVID-19

https://youtu.be/Q-1GCpPsCNk 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…

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2020 Annual Meeting With Jon Faine

2020 Annual Meeting with Jon Faine

https://youtu.be/stYXOqdX728 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…

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Turning Point Research -Lived Experience – Public Drunkenness

Turning Point Research -Lived Experience – Public Drunkenness

INTRODUCTIONLaws making public drunkenness an offence have been repealed in most English-speaking countries and most states of Australia, although not in Queensland and Victoria. The Premier of Victoria has committed to decriminalising public drunkenness and to developing and implementing a…

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Multicultural Drug And Alcohol Partnership

Multicultural Drug and Alcohol Partnership

https://www.ceh.org.au/multicultural-drug-alcohol-partnership-mdap/ The Multicultural Alcohol and Drug Partnership (MDAP) aims to support young people from the South Sudanese community who are experiencing harm from alcohol and drug use. The program is focused on working with young people, their families and the…

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MSIR Preventing Overdoses And Saving Lives

MSIR preventing overdoses and saving lives

Congratulations to the independent Review Panel led by Professor Margaret Hamilton on the report on the first 18 months of operation of the first Medically Supervised Injecting Room (MSIR) established in Melbourne in North Richmond by the North Richmond Community…

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Keep the MSIR and improve residential amenity

The Forum is committed to supporting the community to understand and address alcohol and drug related issues as primarily health issues and to work together to develop evidence-based services and strategies aimed at reducing harms associated with alcohol and drug…

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Invitation To South Sudan Voice Online Event

Invitation to South Sudan Voice online event

Join South Sudan Voice’s Zoom dialogue on Thursday, May 7, from 4-5.30pm to participate in the new Digital Drama Series, Where Are You Now. In response to the lockdown situation, the dialogue theatre project has been developed into an online…

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Get Tested For Coronavirus

get tested for coronavirus

If you have even mild flu or cold like symptoms free testing for coronavirus is available at cohealth. In the City of Yarra testing is available between 29 April – 8 May 2020 at the cohealth site at 365 Hoddle…

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Community Forums Go Online

Community forums go online

We are piloting our first on line monthly forum on Monday 3 May 12:30-2:00pm with a great topic : Peer Work and Harm Minimisation in the Context of Criminalised Drug Use and a great line up of speakers providing research,…

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Coroner Inquest | Tanya Day

Coroner Inquest | Tanya Day

Justice for Tanya Day - Remember Her Name Help Tanya Day’s family honour the legacy of their mother. Sign up now to send a message to the Victorian Government to change Victoria’s destructive public drunkenness laws and create genuine community…

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COVID19 – April Meeting Cancelled

COVID19 – April Meeting Cancelled

The community information lunch planned for Monday 6 April has been cancelled as part of managing community safety around COVID 19. YDHF will be looking to continue business using electronic communication means but meanwhile we wish everyone to be safe…

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Ambulance Stats In Herald Sun

Ambulance Stats in Herald Sun

YDHF is concerned about the stats concerning ambulance call outs and overdose events in Yarra reported in the Herald/Sun and by MRAC. Each one of those stats refers to a person who is someones son/daughter/someone's loved one. We want to…

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Public Opinion, Crime & Justice

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…

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35 Years Of Harm Reduction In Yarra

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 YarraHarm reduction…ups…

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Public Drunkenness Survey

Public Drunkenness Survey

Know anyone who would like to participate in a focus group around the experience of public drunkenness? Clients or people you know who have experienced being drunk in public in Victoria, are aged 18+ and able to participate in a…

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2019 | Jen McLachlan

2019 | Jen McLachlan

YDHF Worker of the Year Award 2019 was awarded to Jen McLachlan from YSAS and presented to her at the February lunchtime forum.
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2019 | Annual Meeting

2019 | Annual Meeting

https://youtu.be/C_gyPm5jvuE 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…

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Bernadette Burchell Appointed

Bernadette Burchell appointed

On behalf of the executive of the Yarra Drug and Health Forum, it is with great pleasure and excitement that we announce the appointment of our new Executive Officer, Ms. Bernadette Burchell. Bernadette will be working for the forum on…

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Community Info Evening

Community Info Evening

Yarra AOD Community Info Evening https://youtu.be/y1JIbXnz2k4?list=PLoZk9YqGefSxlqUH3-ppXI2mDERPY-SuR 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…

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Trans-Tasman Charter For Pill Testing

Trans-Tasman Charter for Pill Testing

The Yarra Drug and Health Forum are a signatory of the Trans-Tasman Charter for Pill Testing, established by Pill Testing Australia in 2019. https://pilltestingaustralia.com.au/trans-tasman-charter/ This Trans-Tasman Charter represents an agreement between all the signatories on a unified approach to working…

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2018 | Matthew Honey

2018 | Matthew Honey

Matthew is a Harm Reduction practitioner and Peer Networker with Harm Reduction Victoria & North Richmond Community Health Centre. Matthew lives on the North Richmond Estate and took on the role of Peer Networker with HRVic’s Peer Network Program in…

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YDHF Strategic Plan 2018-2022

YDHF Strategic Plan 2018-2022

The Yarra Drug & Health Forum (YDHF) is a dynamic, adaptive and educative local network committed to identifying and responding to the health and social needs of the community in in the City of Yarra (Yarra).
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2017 | Adam Wilson

2017 | Adam Wilson

Adam Willson is the Outreach Lawyer at Fitzroy Legal Service. Adam works closely with alcohol and drug agencies such as North Richmond Community Health Centre and cohealth to provide holistic and a harm reduction approach to legal service delivery including…

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SIF Announcement

SIF Announcement

Open Letter of Thanks Dear all, On behalf of the Executive Committee of the Yarra Drug and Health Forum (YDHF)we would like to sincerely thank the numerous people that have lent their support to the campaign to establish a Supervised…

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2016 | Kylie Smith

2016 | Kylie Smith

Kylie Smith is the NJC's (Neighbourhood Justice Centre's) Senior Koori Justice Worker. This means she works mainly with the Koori Community with the aim of addressing underlying causes of offending through providing a variety of support services to the local…

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2015 | Rosie Lew

2015 | Rosie Lew

This year the award recipient was Ms Rosie Lew who works for cohealth at the Innerspace Primary Health Care Centre in Collingwood. Rosie was selected for this award because of the dedication that she has shown for over a decade…

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2014 | Lauren Stuckey And Jane Dicka

2014 | Lauren Stuckey and Jane Dicka

Lauren Stuckey (Left in picture) has worked for the Youth Support and Advocacy Service (YSAS) for 8 years. Initially Lauren worked at the Fitzroy Downstairs Day Program and Primary Health Service. Currently Lauren works as a Youth Drug and Alcohol…

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2013 | John Anderson And David Beech

2013 | John Anderson and David Beech

The 2012-2013 winners of the YDHF Worker of the Year Awards are: John Anderson (left) and David Beech. John Anderson has been working in the AOD sector for the past 11 years. John is one of the unsung heroes of…

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2012 | Michael Honeysett

2012 | Michael Honeysett

Michael Honeysett is employed at Turning Point as the Needle and Syringe Program worker, however his work and the reasons for this nomination extend beyond this role. Michael is also a Koori Elder in the Fitzroy/Collingwood area and passionately supports…

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2011 | Hui Zhou And Kasey Elmore

2011 | Hui Zhou and Kasey Elmore

This year the award was shared between 2 highly respected candidates. Hui Zhou is a Community Outreach Lawyer with Fitzroy Legal Service. Hui has assisted clients of numerous services in Yarra to resolve legal issues. Hui shares the award with…

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2010 | Andrew Reid

2010 | Andrew Reid

Andrew Reid has been working at YSAS for over 10 years, and has been working with vulnerable young people for more than two decades. Within YSAS he has worked across all service types, including intensive support/withdrawal units, Day Programs, residential…

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2009 | Thuy Bui

2009 | Thuy Bui

Thuy Bui has worked at North Richmond Community Health Centre since August 2004. The focus of her work has been with Vietnamese drug users and Vietnamese families with a family member who is using drugs.

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2008 | Danny Jeffcote

2008 | Danny Jeffcote

Danny Jeffcote has worked for North Yarra Community Health since 2002 and is based at MINE Primary Needle and Syringe Program (NSP) in Smith Street Collingwood. Danny is a supporter of Harm Reduction policies and services and has used the…

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