Harm Reduction Victoria – formerly VIVAIDS – has been around for 25 years. The organisation was first founded in 1987 by a group of drug users, their families, friends and allies as part of the community response to the threat of an HIVAIDS epidemic among injecting drug users in Australia.
Today, HRVic continues to provide a voice for drug users on a wide range of issues associated with drug use. Funded primarily by the VIC Department of Health, HRVic provides education, practical support, information and advocacy to users of illicit drugs, their friends, and allies. HRVic has often led the way in developing innovative approaches to peer education, community development and community empowerment for people who use drugs.
Harm Reduction Victoria is a member of the national network of Drug User Organisations in Australia, headed by our peak body AIVL, based in the ACT.
Together we have played a key role in maintaining low rates of HIV among injecting drug users in this country. In fact Australia has one of the lowest rates of HIV among injecting drug users in the world.