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.

In 2018 the Forum will meet at Richmond Town Hall.

NEXT MEETING: Monday, 7 May 2018

VENUE – Richmond Town Hall

A new perspective on Borderline Personality Disorders

Guest Speaker: Prof Jayashri Kulkarni

Community Forum 

Save the date!

Wednesday, 30 May 2018, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM – Richmond Town Hall

Report on the Parliamentary Enquiry into Drug Law Reform

Mr Geoff Howard MP, Ms Fiona Patten MLC, Ms Nina Springle

See our events page for more details.


Executive Committee 

  • Peter Wearne – Director of Services, Youth Support and Advocacy Service
  • 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
  • Sally Mitchell - Executive Director Mental Health, AOD and Homelessness, cohealth
  • Kasey Elmore - AOD Manager, North Richmond Community Health
  • Dr Martyn Lloyd-Jones - VMO Department of Addiction Medicine, St Vincent’s Hospital

SIF update  

Update on Progress Toward a Supervised Injecting Facility in North Richmond 

Guest Speakers:  Hon Richard Wynne MP and Victoria Police Assistant Commissioner Rick Nugent  

On October 31st 2017 the State Government of Victoria announced that a Supervised Injecting Facility will open on July 1st 2018 at the North Richmond Community Health Centre. Mr Wynne and Assistant Commissioner Nugent kindly accepted our invitation to discuss the progress in establishing this facility.

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