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 May 2017 meeting will be at Richmond Town Hall

MAY MONTHLY MEETING

CHANGE OF VENUE - RICHMOND TOWN HALL

Due to an anticipated larger than normal attendance at the May 1st Meeting YDHF will move the event for this one occasion.

Yarra Drug and Health Forum will be holding the May 1st Monthly Meeting from 12.30pm-2pm at:

Meeting Room 3 - Richmond Town Hall
333 Bridge Rd Richmond

The May meeting will feature a presentation by:

Dr Jeremy Dwyer – Coroners Prevention Unit

Data Summary of overdose deaths - 2009-2016

'The annual frequency of Victorian overdose deaths followed a general upwards trend between 2009 and 2016, with approximately 70% of deaths being caused by the acute toxic effects of multiple contributing drugs rather than a single drug'

'The central theme is that the complex intersections between addiction, mental illness and other contextual stressors are major factors present in overdose death and thinking about how to tie in overdose death to other public health issues such as suicide.'

COMMUNITY FORUM

ALCOHOL - TOBACCO - GAMBLING

This Community Forum will feature a presentation by Professor Peter Miller:

"HOW DO THE VESTED INTERESTS OF ALCOHOL, TOBACCO AND GAMBLING STEER OUR GOVERNMENTS AWAY FROM EVIDENCE-BASED PUBLIC HEALTH POLICY?"

Wednesday May 24th from 12noon-2pm

See our Events page

NEXT MEETING: Monday 1st May 2017

At Richmond Town Hall

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?

AMA: A trial of Supervised Injecting Facilities is "of the utmost importance"

In a letter to Coroner Hawkins the AMA (Victoria) affirmed support for a trial of Supervised Injecting Facilities in Victoria and cited evidence to support the policy position.

Read the letter here: AMA letter 16Dec2016

Melbourne MSIC

Supervised Injecting Facilities – Call for submissions

Submissions closing date is 13 April 2017