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.

Public meetings are held from 12:30 - 2pm on the first Monday of each month and the Forum always welcomes anyone.

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Next Forum Meeting 

NEXT MEETING: Monday, 6th May 2019

VENUE – Richmond Town Hall

12.30 PM - 3 PM


Future Directions  

We are seeking your help to determine the future direction of the Yarra Drug and Health Forum (YDHF).

Our next forum meeting on Monday the 6th of May will be your opportunity to provide input and help to shape the future of YDHF.

The forum will be structured differently to our usual monthly meetings to ensure that everyone in the room has an opportunity to be part of the process.

Lunch will be provided and the meeting will be held from 12:30 - 3pm at Richmond Town Hall.

Details about the venue, including accessibility can be found here: https://www.yarracity.vic.gov.au/facilities/richmond-town-hall

Please direct any questions to Nick Wallis via info@ydhf.org.au


Nick Wallis appointed

Nick has been appointed to assist the Forum to maintain its commitments until such a time that the Executive Officer position can be recruited to.

Nick is well known in the AOD sector and has played an active role in the YDHF.

Nick will be working one day a week for YDHF so please understand if he isn't able to reply to messages immediately.

Please join us in welcoming Nick to his role.

YDHF Acknowledgement of EO Greg Denham 

Thanks Greg

On behalf of a Yarra Drug Health Forum Executive, Members and Fellow collaborators, I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the contribution and work of our Executive Officer Mr Greg Denham.

Greg joined the forum as the Executive Officer 9 years ago. During that time, he has provided leadership, passion and knowledge to the issues and impacts of drugs and health, both within and without the City of Yarra.

There have been many significant moments and events that Greg has contributed to and led around these issues. But at all times, his drive to see evidenced based policy in the area of drugs and health enacted, coupled with compassion and humanity for those affected by drugs have been outstanding features of his time in his role as Executive officer. This was demonstrated by his outstanding advocacy for the establishment of the medically supervised injecting facility at North Richmond. Greg was a tireless supporter and public advocate for this approach to deal with the harms of injecting drug use, impacting on so many people’s lives.

It has been a privilege and an honour to work with Greg over these past 9 years. His integrity, wisdom and knowledge have been outstanding features of his contribution to the forum. Greg will be missed as a colleague, but his contribution to the work and community will always be remembered. We wish him continued success in the future, he will always be welcome back at the forum as a respected member.

Peter Wearne
Yarra Drug Health Forum

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?