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.

Letter of thanks 

SIF Announcement

Dear all,

On behalf of the Executive Committee of the Yarra Drug and Health Forum (YDHF)we would like to sincerely thank the numerous people that have lent their support to the campaign to establish a Supervised Injecting Facility (SIF) in North Richmond. The news that a SIF will be established at North Richmond Community Health Centre by mid-2018 is welcomed with a great sense of relief. We would also like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the loss of many lives as a result of drug use in the area over the past decade and beyond.

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Media release 

At last – a Supervised Injecting Facility in Yarra – 20 Years in the Making

The Yarra Drug and Health Forum welcomes the announcement by the Andrews Labour Government that a Supervised Injecting Facility will be established in the heroin hot spot in the City of Yarra, Melbourne.

This facility, once it is up and running, will save lives at a time when deaths from heroin and other illicit drugs such as Ice are escalating.

Greg Denham, Executive Officer Yarra Drug and Health Forum:

‘Efforts to get a Supervised Injecting Facility have a long history. The Yarra Drug and Health Forum has been advocating for such a facility for over 20 years. During that time, countless people, in the hundreds, have injected drugs in Yarra and died in the streets.
Many of these lives could have been saved.
A Supervised Injecting Facility will not only save lives. There will be reduced needles and syringes on the streets, fewer people affected by drugs at risk, reduced demands on emergency service such as ambulances and police. The City of Yarra will be safer for everyone that lives, works and is connected to the municipality.’

Congratulations to everyone that contributed to the successful campaigning for this facility.

All Media Enquiries to: Greg Denham O424193857

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

NEXT MEETING: Monday 4th December 2017

VENUE – the NJC

Presentation by: Ms Fiona Pattern - Leader of the Reason Party.

Meeting agenda

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