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.

The Forum meets at the Neighbourhood Justice Centre.

Annual General Meeting 

Save the date: 8th November

The Yarra Drug and Health Forum Annual General Meeting will be held on November 8th 2017, 6 pm - 8 pm at Richmond Town Hall.

Oration by Ms Judy Ryan, Secretary, Residents for Victoria Street Drug Solutions.

"Community Based Advocacy and Action Toward Establishing a Supervised Injecting Facility: The Lessons Learnt from the First 12 months"


Worker of the Year Award 2017 


Nominations for Worker of the Year Award will open on Monday September 25th and close 5pm Friday October 13th 2017.

To be eligible for nomination the worker must be a direct service delivery drug and alcohol worker in the City of Yarra.

The Award plus a trophy will be made at the Yarra Drug & Health Forum AGM on November 8th at the Richmond Town Hall.

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Strategic Plan 2017-2018

The Strategic Plan is now finalised.

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YDHF Strategic Plan 2017-2018.

Executive Committee 

  • Peter Wearne – Director of Services, Youth Support and Advocacy Service
  • Jennifer Black - 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
  • Moses Abbatangelo - Senior Manager AOD Response, cohealth
  • Ele Morrison - Alcohol and Drug Outreach / NSP Worker, North Richmond Community Health
  • Dr Martyn Lloyd-Jones - VMO Department of Addiction Medicine, St Vincent’s Hospital

Recent Community Forum 

23 August 2017

Real Time Prescription Monitoring and Codeine Prescribing

Policy and Practice Challenges for the AOD Sector and Other Stakeholders

See our events page for more details.


community forum

NEXT MEETING: Monday 2nd October 2017


Meeting agenda

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?