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

Bernadette Burchell

Bernadette Burchell served as YDHF Executive Officer from 2019-2021

Bernadette Burchell BSW MSW (Human Services Management)

Bernadette has been a Social Worker and Manager of social services for more than 30 years, working primarily in community based not for profit organisations in child welfare, community health and the criminal justice system.

She has a particular passion for partnerships and collaborations to improve service delivery for vulnerable communities, with experience in supporting the Eastern Region Police and Community Drug Alliance, the North Central Metro Primary Care Partnership in Executive Officer support roles and in Chairing the North East Metro Child First/Family Services Alliance as then CEO of the Children’s Protection Society .

Bernadette has come to the position of Executive Officer of Yarra Drug and Health Forum from the position of State Manager Court Network, a volunteer provided service to support community members on their day in court.

“The Yarra Drug and Health Forum has such a great record for supporting the community to solve issues arising from alcohol and drug use with a clear focus on human rights, health and harm minimisation. The health workers, lawyers, police and academics who come together to work with the community to solve problems are sincere and knowledgeable. I am delighted to continue the great support provided through the Executive Officer role to this tradition.”

Farewell and Thank You Bernadette Burchell

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 the…

Thank You Bernadette

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 since Bernadette started with the…

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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