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Are You Worried About Drugs. Town Hall Meeting

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Melbourne Town Hall

90-130 Swanston Street

Melbourne, VIC 3000

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Portugal Decriminalised Drugs in 2001 - Should Australia do the same?

Our police and politicians say we cannot “arrest our way” out of Australia’s drug problem. Then why not decriminalise personal drug use so people can get help if and when they need it?

Join us at the Melbourne Town Hall as we celebrate 'Support. Don't Punish' day - a global initiative calling for drug policies that prioritise public health and the human rights.

The forum will feature health professionals, politicians, journalists and community leaders, including Tony Trimingham OAM, CEO of Family Drug Support, Sam Biondo, Head of VAADA and Dr Stefan Gruenert, CEO of Odyssey House Victoria as well drug policy opinion leaders like state MP Fiona Patten who will talk about the recently released Victorian Drug Inquiry and Michael Short, Chief Editorial Writer for The Age.

Let’s have an open and vibrant conversation about Australia’s drug policies to discuss the opportunities that exist nationally and internationally to reduce the harms associated with drug use in Australia, including:

  • Why it was necessary to establish the North Richmond safe injecting centre

  • How substance-specific harm reduction strategies such as pill-testing, saves lives

  • The findings of the Victorian Drug Inquiry and the implications for drug policy

  • Can decriminalisation solve Australia’s drug problem?

Have questions? Chat with some of the many community groups working toward positive change:

  • Residents for Vic Street Drug Solutions - who successfully advocated for the establishment of a safe injecting centre in their community.

  • Harm Reduction Victoria - a peer-based community organisation that educates, informs and supports people who use drugs through programs such as DanceWize and Drug Overdose Prevention and Education program.

  • Students for Sensible Drug Policy - a grassroots network of students and young people working to ensure Australia's drug laws reflect evidence, compassion, and human rights.

  • The Association of Participating Service Users (APSU) - is a Victorian consumer representative body at the Self Help Addiction Resource Centre (SHARC).

Why June 26? The Global Day of Action coincides with the UN's International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking - a day marked by major human rights violations, including public executions for drug offenders. This day is our opportunity to change the narrative - rather than punishing people who use drugs, let’s reform our drug policies to support them.

FULL SPEAKER LIST:

  • Tony Trimingham OAM, CEO of Family Drug Support

  • Michael Short, Chief Editorial Writer of The Age

  • Fiona Patten, Member of the Victorian Drug Inquiry

  • Dr Stefan Gruenert, CEO of Odyssey House Victoria

  • Sam Biondo, Head of Victorian Alcohol and Drug Association (VAADA)

  • Greg Denham, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition

  • Stephanie Tzanetis, Head of HRVic's Dancewize Program

  • Nick Kent, President of Students for Sensible Drug Policy


Support Don't Punish global day of action

This forum brings together voices and experiences from the Alcohol and Other Drug sector working at the coalface in an awareness campaign for more humane and evidence-based drug policies.

Nick Wallis, the creator of the popular Enpsychedelia 3CR Radio program, will MC the evening and record highlights on his regular Sunday program.

The event starts at 6.00pm at the Melbourne Town Hall.

Join the speakers for an afternoon tea at 5.30 pm in the elegant Supper room at the Melbourne Town Hall before the meeting. Cost $28 includes admission.



  • Sam Biondo

    Sam Biondo

    Victorian Alcogol and Drug Association

    Executive Officer

  • Greg Chipp

    Greg Chipp

    Drug Policy Australia

    Director

  • Greg Denham

    Greg Denham

    Law Enforcement Against Prohibition


  • Dr. Stefan Gruenert

    Dr. Stefan Gruenert

    Odyssey House Victoria

    CEO

  • Nick Kent

    Nick Kent

    Students For Sensible Drug Policy

    President

  • Fiona Patten

    Fiona Patten

    Reason Party

    State Member of Parliment

  • Michael Short

    Michael Short

    The Age

    Chief Editorial Writer

  • Tony Trimingham

    Tony Trimingham

    Family Drug Support

    CEO

  • Stephanie Tzanetis

    Stephanie Tzanetis

    Harm Reduction Victoria’s Dancewize Program

    Coordinator


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Melbourne, VIC 3000

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