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 Forum Meeting 

NEXT MEETING: Monday, 2 July 2018

VENUE – Richmond Town Hall

Community Forum 

Welfare Based Mandatory Treatment For Young People - What Are the Issues?

Monday, June 25th 2018, 12 noon at Fitzroy Town Hall

Ms Jennifer Bowles, Mr Andrew Bruun, Damian, Ms Meghan Fitzgerald

Summary and Q&A to be facilitated by Mr Sione Crawford: CEO Harm Reduction Victoria

In support of the International Event: ‘Support, Don’t Punish’

See our events page for more details.


Recent Event 

Recent Community Forum

30 May 2018

Report on the Parliamentary Enquiry into Drug Law Reform

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

See our events page for more details.


Guest Speaker: Katharine Biffin  

Melbourne Drug Court 

Program Manager Katharine Biffin gave a presentation at the YDHF June Monthly Meeting about the new Melbourne Drug Court.


Restorative Yarra 

Stories of Victoria Street

YDHF has been an active partner in the University of Melbourne’s ‘Restorative Yarra’ Project which is investigating a series of social planning processes to better understand and consider options for policy action on the issues impacting Victoria Street Richmond.

YDHF has been collaborating with partners including the Neighbourhood Justice Centre and City of Yarra.

The photo was taken during the ‘Stories of Victoria Street’ activity held on Friday April 27th in The Hive Shopping Centre.

Executive Committee 

  • Peter Wearne – General Manager 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
  • Aram Hosie - Executive Manager Public Affairs - 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?