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Harm Reduction Victoria is a community based, registered not-for-profit organisation and we need your help!

All donations are much appreciated & 100% are put towards developing new and running our existing peer developed and facilitated workshops, staff training and volunteer programs and to developing and distributing our peer designed, harm reduction health promotion resources and projects to our community and the services who support our community. All donations are also tax deductible.

Donations can be made instantly by clicking on our Paypal donate button.

For more information on where your donations go, contact our office @ via email: admin@hrvic,org,au or call (03) 9329 1500 during business hours.

Thank you!

                                                                                                                                                         
 


HRVic Support Dont Punish Day Melbourne 2016

Support Don’t Punish Day 2016

http://supportdontpunish.org/

Join us for the Melbourne event of
the global Support Don’t Punish Day Campaign!

International Support Don’t Punish Day aims to draw attention to the harms of failed drug policies, from incarceration and the denial of adequate service, to the death penalty. This is a global day of advocacy to raise awareness about the health promotion and human rights of people who use or have used drugs, especially those who’ve had contact with the criminal justice system.

A number of organisations are joining together to put on a day of action in the Nicholson Street Mall, Footscray from 11am – 5pm.

Our speakers start from 1pm.
Greg Denham from Law Enforcement Against Prohibition will host the Speaker’s Session. Speakers include:

Tony Parsons from Dandenong Drug Court
Michael Miller from Family Drug Support
Debbie from Family Drug Support
Dave Taylor from the Victorian Alcohol And Drug Association
Adam Wilson from Fitzroy Legal Services

Join in the international photo campaign with our interactive photobooth, mural painting, mock prison, sausage sizzle and raffle for official Support Don’t Punish Day t-shirts.

You can support the event on social media by joining the “thunderclap” to coordinate an international social media campaign.

https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/43063-26-june-global-day-of-action

 

 


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Bloody Serious Facts is on again!

June 15th from 10Am-12:30 PM

After 2 SOLD OUT workshops, HRVic alongside the St Vincent’s Hepatitis Educator, present the 3rd Hep C specific workshop for 2016!

Come and find out all about the New Hep C, DAA treatments!!

$25 or FREE for Members of Harm Reduction Victoria (JOIN TODAY!) and St. Vincent’s Staff

Register NOW so you don’t miss out! We won’t be doing another until October so get in QUICK!

ONLINE NOW!!!

NEW HRVic online Health Promotion Resource ordering store!    www.hrvicresources.bigcartel.com

We are proud to announce that we finally have a system for the online ordering of HRVic’s very own health promotion resources. Posters, Fit Pak Stickers, Brochures are available now with more stock being added daily. Coming soon- Postcards, PDF downloads, and more and more designs!!! For mpore information or specific resource requests that may not yet be in the store, follow the store link to the contact page and send us an email. We’d love to hear your feedback!

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Drug subsidies could eliminate hepatitis C in Australia within a decade, experts say

AMBy Tom Nightingale

There is a realistic chance hepatitis C will be eliminated within a few years due to new public subsidies of powerful drugs, some of Australia’s top health experts say.  Full story here.

Photo left: Musician Sam Sejavka says stigma is a major challenge for people with Hepatitis C.

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CaptureThe wait, it seems, is over.

We’ve been strung along before. Our hopes sustained by continual promises of miraculous new elixirs. Just around the corner, they would say. Just wait, they’d say. It will come.

Is it any wonder that people have developed a degree of cynicism? I myself have endured four interferon-based treatment regimens, spanning decades. Yes, each came closer to purging the HCV virus from my flesh, but each was also a poisonous experience. Indeed, when I think back to those times my stomach squirms in its nest.
But, now the long wait is over.

Read the first installment of The Hepalogue, – HRV’s fantastic new Hep C blog.

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Shane Levene, Pete O’Doherty, & The Libertines!

libertines-logo-650x162CaptureWe are very proud to announce that one of Whack’s most brilliant contributors, the wordsmith Shane Levene, is now on tour with The Libertines. Shane is doing his original spoken word with Pete O’Doherty accompanying on guitar.

Here is the original text for the piece.

Here is a slightly dodgy camera clip of the event!

 

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Today is the National Drug Summit held at Parliment House Canberra.

Australia’s recreational drug policies aren’t working, so what are the options for reform?

Tweets from National Drug Summit Tweets from National Drug SummitAbove are some choice twitter comments from the summit. There are also a number of places to follow the action live on Twitter- we would suggest Richard Di Natale’s Twitter feed and also #ParlDrugSummit.  Richard Di Natale just finished a press conference which you can watch here.

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CaptureIt stops with us : Peer responses increase availability of sterile injecting equipment. 

Peter Higgs, Shelley Cogger, Jenny Kelsall, Nadia Gavin, Kasey Elmore, Penny Francis, Paul Dietze
International Journal of Drug Policy, Vol. 29, p96–97
Published online: January 7 2016

Veiw full article here.

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Today is the Day for accessing all the new HCV treatments!  

 

From today, 1 March 2016, directing acting antivirals to treat hepatitis C will be available on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme. The medicines are: sofosbuvir with ledipasvir (Harvoni); sofosbuvir (Sovaldi); daclatasvir (Daklinza); and ribavirin (Ibavyr). Treatment regimens will involve daily combinations of one to three of these drugs taken orally over a period of 8 to 24 weeks. Full article click here 

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Download the print ready version here. Thanks to Hepatitis NSW for the brilliant graphic!

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Bloody Serious Facts March 10th Workshop has sold out. Check flyer for details on upcoming workshop dates: 4th May, 15th June, 5th Oct.

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ARCSHS BBV Update Forum
New Hepatitis C Treatments: The Road Ahead
21st March 2016, 9:00am – 1:00pm

From March 1st the new hepatitis C direct acting antiviral (DAA) treatments will be available on the PBS.  These new drugs offer a 90% chance of cure, very few side effects and less than 3 months treatment duration.  In addition, for the first time, GPs will be able to initiate hepatitis C treatment and prescribe these new drugs.  This FREE interactive forum will include a detailed overview of the new DAAs, provide up to date information about the processes for accessing treatment, and explore ways the community based workforce can engage and support hepatitis C affected communities. Come along and join the conversation about these incredible new treatments, the challenges we face on the road ahead and the steps we can take to address them.

More Details

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xABC’s The World Today Program “Calls for pill testing to curb ecstasy deaths”

More great coverage on the push for Pill testing in Victoria.

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VAC & HRV JOINT MEDIA RELEASE

CaptureToday the Victorian AIDS Council (VAC) and Harm Reduction Victoria (HRV) produced a joint media release calling on the Victorian Government to introduce a pill testing trial in light of the investigation by the ABC’s Four Corners program into drug-related deaths. The media release includes quotes from VAC CEO Simon Ruth, and HRV President Bill O’Loughlin.   VAC_HRV pill testing

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SnifferDogSurveyFor more information email peta.malins@rmit.edu.au

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Caldicott memeIts going to be compelling viewing on the ABC tonight, Monday 15 Feb, with a provocative Four Corners story concentrating on drug use at dance festivals. Gold Walkley award-winning reporter Caro Meldrum-Hanna goes inside Australia’s dance party drug scene.

“Despite the feel good nickname, ‘party drugs’ can kill. Seven young Australians have died in the space of a year, hospital admissions are on the rise and concerns are growing about the increasing purity of the drugs. But this isn’t deterring them.

Like sometimes you have a car crash but you still drive your car.” Drug User.  With billions spent on enforcing anti-drug laws, some of Australia’s most eminent medical, legal and policing minds are speaking out and saying the “war on drugs” is failing. “This law enforcement effort is not only not effective but is actually harmful. The focus on drug law enforcement has been an expensive way of achieving failure.” Drug Law Reform Expert”

Read More here, and here.   People can watch @caromeldrum’s ‪#‎4Corners‬ report on @abciview and on our website now: http://www.abc.net.au/4corners/

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY 10.02.2016

Harm Reduction Victoria (HRV) has a fantastic employment opportunity to join our small team. We need a dynamic person to fill the role of Administration Manager and run our office in North Melbourne. Learn more

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Map crowd

Worldwide, an estimated 130 to 150 million people are chronically infected with hepatitis C virus (HCV). Obtaining reliable, update-to-date information on HCV is a major challenge for health experts and HCV advocates. Until now, there has been no centralized system for collecting and sharing this vital information with the international health community. To address this lack of data and enhance advocacy efforts, Médecins du Monde (MdM) and Treatment Action Group (TAG) have launched mapCrowd, a new online crowdsourcing platform designed to gather and publicize the most up-to-date country-level information on HCV. Providing free access to national, regional, and international data, mapCrowd allows users to draw visual comparisons between countries, using interactive graphs, tables, and maps. Users can download the entire mapCrowd database in Excel format for their own analysis. MapCrowd

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Story title not about drugs

‘Ecstasy wasn’t safe. But as a medication, it was safer than aspirin. As a risk, it was safer than horse-riding. And as a recreational substance it was cheaper, safer and better than its most prevalent competitor, binge-drinking. Public event police all over the world noted that it seemed to result in a marked decrease in violence. The horse-riding comparison was made famous by the UK government advisor David Nutt. He was fired for it. When a police chief in Northern Wales made the comparison with aspirin, the Daily Mail called him “publicity mad”, and so on. One UK government figure said that Nutt’s “comments” meant he was clearly unfit to advise the government. Rationality was expressly forbidden.’

 Echolalia‘- read more

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HRV”s Bill O’Loughlin speaks with Jon Faine 774 ABC Radio.

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1 February: Bill O” Loughlin speaks with Jon Faine on 774 ABC Melbourne about illicit drug amnesty bins at music festivals.  

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Dance Wize at Rainbow Serpent Festival.  // More Images at Photo Gallery //

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We would really love to see more photos from Rainbow. If anyone connected to DanceWize whom attended the festival has any photos they would like to share, please email them to loki@hrvic.org.au or PM here. We are on the lookout for some new photos to expand the photo gallery!

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Over the counter Naloxone. 

Naloxone is available over the counter today – no script needed! Unfortunately the ampules are to be sold minus a needle.. which isnt much help. Naloxone will still be scheduled on Schedule 4, which means you can still obtain it on prescription. But it will also be available on Schedule 3, which means it can be obtained over the counter through a pharmacy. That is important when it comes to cost; those with a prescription could pay $6 for a 5 pk of single use injectables. Unfortunately unscrupulous pharmacies could charge what they want to those who need it without a script.

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HRV /Dance Wize at Pride March

Last Sunday Jan 31 Harm Reduction Victoria including a strong contingent from our DanceWize team were there to celebrate the 21st Anniversary of Melbourne’s own Pride March. Thankfully the sun came out and by the looks of it so did most of Melbourne. This year there was a record number of marchers with over 200 groups, organisations and sporting teams taking part in the March.
Wow! The reception from the crowd as we approached was overwhelming. The response from spectators proves that Harm Reduction Victoria’s name and message is being noticed.
HRV’s contingent this year was small in size but big on great people, push bikes, a killer sound system pumping out great tunes, bright colours and of course the first appearance of our new friend, the mighty dragon. A big thank you to all who attended and helped yesterday and a special thanks to Sam, Carol and Jade for all your hard work.

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HRV /Dance Wize at Pride March 2016 St Kilda

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You are invited to the opening of the Innerspace Tree Of Life Art Exhibition ! Please come along to celebrate and support  the local artists. The Opening is on Friday 5th February at 6pm at Collingwood Gallery 292 Smith St Collingwood , drinks and nibblies are provided. The exhibition theme is Tree of Life , flier is attached to circulate freely. There will be a wide variety of inspiring art, jewellery, sculpture and paintings on display.We are all looking forward to seeing some friendly faces from the local community there.

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Dear Esteemed Members, Unfortunately the March 10, 2016 Bloody Serious Facts- a hep c specific workshop– has now been SOLD OUT.  Registrations for the June 15th workshop will be available through the Harm Reduction Victoria website link from March 10th 2016.

For more detailed information or to register, click here. For any more information, please contact Gab 03-9288 3586 or Sam 03-9329 1500

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Pride title 2016

Midsumma 2016At 12 Noon on Sunday the 31st of Jan, HRV will be participating in the Midsumma Festival Pride March to reveal to the world our deliciously flamboyant side, whilst celebrating the 21st anniversary of this brave and historic event. We urge all our members, friends and networks to join us on the day to maximize HRV’s continued dedication to our wonderfully diverse and gorgeously colourful community. The official kick off for the parade is 12 noon, but HRV meeting times will be posted during the week via social media; both HRV & Dance-Wize. Please feel free to message any questions you may have regarding HRV’s participation in the event.  Also, if you havent already done so, cruise on over to the webpages for all Midsumma program listings. It’s gonna be one delightful summaz day and we can’t wait for the fun to begin! Yay!

 

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Whack 34 coming soon!

whack34Whacks back! 
All 4000 copies are back from the printers, with that newly printed scent, & ready to be sent out to y’alll. For anyone who cant get their hot little hands on a physical copy, we will upload the interweb version really soon- all in glorious technicolour!
Yay!

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