Harm Reduction Victoria

HRVic Board

Robyn Dwyer (Chair) – robdwyer1@bigpond.com

Robyn Dwyer has an extensive background in drugs and public health related research. Her research interests include patterns of social interaction, social and cultural meanings, and lived experiences as shaped by social, cultural, economic and political contexts. Robyn received her PhD from Curtin University in 2009, and has worked at several major research institutes and health centres in Melbourne and Sydney, including the National Drug Research Institute, the Burnet Institute, Turning Point Alcohol and Drug Centre and the Kirketon Road Centre.

Farshid Zaman– (Acting Vice Chair) Farshid.zaman@neami.org.au

Farshid currently works as a community rehabilitation and support worker for Neami where he holds the dual diagnosis portfolio.  Farshid’s passion in harm reduction has seen him be involved HRV for almost six years.  Farshid was previously the Coordinator of DanceWize, a program of HRV, after volunteering for the program for a number of years.

Penny Hill (Treasurer) – penny@ssdp.org.au

Penny Hill is currently employed as the Mobile Drug Safety Worker for the Eastern Region of Melbourne, is President of Students for Sensible Drug Policy Australia and International Working Group member for Oceania for youth harm reduction organization, YouthRISE.  She received her Masters of Public Health in 2015 and is currently studying a Masters of International and Community Development. Penny has worked within multiple drop-in and outreach needle and syringe programs across Victoria and NSW, and is a current volunteer with the Victorian AIDS Council.

Sally Watkinson (Secretary) – sally.watkinson@mh.org.au

Sally is a Clinical Nurse Consultant with the Infectious Diseases Service of the Royal Melbourne Hospital.  Since 2011 she has been working with organizations to and increase access to Hepatitis C treatment and promotes opportunities for testing for blood borne viruses for those people who are vulnerable or may be at risk of infection.  Sally is a passionate advocate for people seeking healthcare free from the stigma often associated with viral hepatitis and to the availability of care in community settings.  She has been involved in many community sector programs to facilitate this providing education for general practitioners, community sector and hospital based workers to increase knowledge amongst the workforce, access to treatment and reduce the effects of stigma

Danny Jeffcote  – danny.jeffcote@yahoo.com.au

Danny Jeffcote began working in Needle & Syringe Programs in 2002 and originally served on the VIVAIDS/HRVic Board between 2004 and 2009. Danny is currently employed at CoHealth as Program Manager, AOD Response-West, Danny re-joined the HRVic board in 2011 and has served as Chair from 2012-

Emily LentonE.Lenton@latrobe.edu.au

Emily has worked in the blood borne virus and other drug sector for 20 years. During this time, she has worked in health promotion, research and direct service provision. Emily is committed to working towards a health and community sector that places people with a lived experience central to any programs, activities and research. She is currently employed as a program coordinator for the BBV Sector Development Program at the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society (La Trobe University).

Joe Morrismorrisfm@swiftdsl.com.au

Joe holds a Dip YL; Grad Dip Welf Admin; Cert 4 Assess and Work Place Training. Joe finally retired after 40 years working in the Welfare Sector. His final position was as part time EO for  the Yarra Drug & Health Forum from 2007 – 2015. Joe has held a number of voluntary commitments including:

  • Justice of the Peace
  • Rotary International Preston Branch
  • Friends of Marist Solidarity
  • Albert van Moorst Memorial Trust

Greg Chipp – greg@druglawreform.com.au