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.

2019 meeting dates will be announced soon.

Next Forum Meeting 

NEXT MEETING: Monday, 4th February 2019

VENUE – Richmond Town Hall

Worker of the Year 2018 

Matthew Honey

Congratulations to Matthew Honey - NRCH and HRVic Peer Educator

Worker of the Year Award


Centre for Law Enforcement and Public Health Conference

The Executive Officer of the Yarra Drug and Health Forum, Greg Denham, recently attended the Centre for Law Enforcement and Public Health Conference held in Toronto, Canada from 21-24 October 2018. The EO spoke about the Medically Supervised Injecting Room (MSIR) in North Richmond:

‘The Melbourne Experience: Illicit drug consumption rooms, a straight forward solution in a complex policy environment’

The EO also participated in a 2 Day Consultation held prior to the conference where international representatives from policing, health, academic and alcohol and drug agencies discussed mutual issues impacting on their work.


Greg Denham
Conference Canada
LEAHN conference




Mr Richard Wynne (ALP)

Ms Nina Springle (The Greens)

Ms Fiona Patten (Reason Party)

Mr Steve Jolly (Socialists)

See our events page for more details including audio recording.

Events Page

Trans-Tasman Charter for Pill Testing  

Dear Colleagues

Please click on this link to the Trans-Tasman Charter for Pill Testing to read about our pill testing principles.

Please also consider becoming a signatory to the Charter by sending me details on how you would like to be listed.

Many thanks

Gino Vumbaca
Harm Reduction Australia

Trans-Tasman Charter for Pill Testing

YDHF is a signatory to the Trans-Tasman Charter for Pill Testing

Medically Supervised Injecting Room  

The first 30 days

Guest Speaker: Dr Nico Clark  

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?