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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The YDHF supports the Trial of the Medically Supervised Injecting Room

The Forum advocated for, and welcomes, the establishment of the 2 year trial of a Medically Supervised Injecting Room in North Richmond as an evidence based part of action needed to reduce harms associated with injecting drug use in the area, with a primary focus on preventing overdose deaths.
An independent panel is reviewing the medically supervised injecting facility during the two year trial period.
The Forum supports the work of the Review Panel and will support the recommendations they make in terms of the performance and the location and the operation of the MSIR.
The Forum welcomes the opportunity to support the community in collaborative problem solving to address continuing harms associated with substance use in the area.

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Next Forum Meeting 



Thursday, 21st November 2019 - 6 PM - 8 PM

Come to the Annual Meeting of the Yarra Drug and Health Forum at the Fitzroy Town Hall.

The YDHF Worker of the Year Award will be announced.
Contact Bernadette for more information.
Refreshments provided.

Speaker to be confirmed.


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YDHF Worker of the Year Award

YDHF Worker of the Year Award 2019

YDHF Worker of the Year 2019 Award nominations are open from the 25th of October, closing 11th November.


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Stakeholder Engagement 

YDHF Stakeholder Engagement Project

Yarra Drug and Health Forum engaged a consultant on the future direction of the forum. Consultant Jason met with a range of stakeholders and community members in mid-2019 and prepared an extensive report on his findings.

View the powerpoint summary of his findings, presented on Monday the 24th of June at Richmond Town Hall, by clicking the button below:

Stakeholder Engagement Workshop


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 Monday, Tuesday and Thursday every week and is available to be contacted by phone or email to discuss the plans and future objectives of the work of the forum.

Bernadette has already started contacting many of our key stakeholders and the forum looks forward to developing and extending our community relationships throughout the City of Yarra

Bernadette comes to the forum with extensive experience in community health, not for profit organisations, and leadership and support of partnerships and collaborations.

The executive and membership of the Yarra Drug and Health Forum are excited about the continued work and promotion of health and reducing drug harm in the City of Yarra.

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?