Welcome to the Yarra Drug and Health Forum

A community response to alcohol and other drug issues.

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 Yarra.

The Forum aims to ensure health and community relationships are minimally harmed by drug use in the City of Yarra – this includes the impact of drugs on individuals, families and friends, residents and visitors to the area and local businesses.

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Next Forum Meeting 

NEXT MEETING: Monday, 24 June 2019


12.30 PM - 3 PM


Our next meeting follows on from discussions held at May's meeting on the future direction and focus of the Yarra Drug and Health Forum.

If you attended our previous meeting, this one is a must. For those who weren't at our last meeting, come and have your input on the discussion and hear about the future directions of the forum.


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WEDNESDAY 26th June, 4-6pm
Kensington Town Hall
Tickets are limited (but free) - Register Now: https://events.humanitix.com.au/support-don-t-punish-melbourne

26th June marks the United Nations International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. Historically, this date has been used by governments to showcase “progress” in drug control in highly punitive terms.

This year, we will be focusing on the intersection of justice and AOD (Alcohol and Other Drug) issues in Victoria, with the launch of the Law Enforcement Action Partnership (LEAP).

We'll be hearing both from people with lived experience and experts in the field on justice issues faced by people who use drugs and what needs to happen to improve this relationship.

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YDHF Calendar 

Executive Committee 

  • Peter Wearne - Chairperson, Yarra Drug and Health Forum
  • Rachel Hopkins - Principal Solicitor, Fitzroy Legal Service
  • Hieng Lim - Senior Program Manager, Crime Prevention Neighbourhood Justice Centre
  • Kevan Myers - Team Leader/ NEXUS Dual Diagnosis Advisory Service, St Vincent’s Hospital
  • Jade Lillie - Director Public Affairs (Acting) - cohealth
  • Sandra Fox - Manager Drug Safety Services, North Richmond Community Health

What matters to you?

 We want to know...

Is there a person or organisation we should get to do a presention? What topics do you want to hear about?