Harm Reduction Victoria

HRV News Feed July – September 2015

by loki on 01/12/2015


Is working for HRV and DanceWize your dream job?

DanceWize Program Co-coordinator Positions x 2

Harm Reduction Victoria has 2 exciting vacancies in the newly expanded DanceWize team, applications Close: 6pm Monday 19th October, 2015:  Read More


WHACK! logo

This is a call out to any people that are  interested in contributing to the next issue of Whack! – Whether you are writers, artists, nurses, poets, illustrators, painters, designers, researchers, AOD workers, photographers etc.

JEANNIEThe theme that we are focussing on this issue is the changing landscape of Hep c, but contributions that don’t focus exclusively on the subject won’t be dismissed.

If it’s a good contribution, we will definitely check it out. We need all sorts of articles to make up a great edition, & want to create a magazine that speaks to all types of people & for many different reasons.    Read More

The final date for contributing is the 30th September 2015: 22 days to go.. We can’t wait to see what you all come up with!

Editor Whack! Magazine
Harm Reduction Victoria
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All back issues here



Check out our Brand New Overdose Resource!  To have a look – Click Here


What things look like today. The day after International Overdose Awareness Day (IOAD) – ‘ In Loving Memory’ piece designed & created by Sear and Raf. Oh – and the Latin quotes on each end translate roughly to something like this – End of Life, but Not of Love. Cool huh!  Check out the rest of the photos here



Harm Reduction International and the Malaysian AIDS Council have announced that the 24th International Harm Reduction Conference will be held in Kuala Lumpur from 18 to 21 October 2015. The announcement was made 5th November 2014 in Kuala Lumpur at the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the two organisations.

Read More about the event here.



DanceWize Resources: Ice

We are slowly adding all the DanceWize resources to the DanceWize page. The first cab off the rank is Ice. Watch this space…..


OD day 2015

Today is International Overdose Awareness Day. Youth Projects, Foot Patrol,  HRV & others are hosting an event to remember our loved ones who have died & aims to raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma of a drug-related death. It also acknowledges the grief felt by families and friends remembering those who have met with death or permanent injury as a result of drug overdose.. It is being held at 7 -9 Hosier Lane Melbourne (directly opposite ACMII Art Gallery). There are guest speakers, BBQ and live music, aerosol memorial art, & an open mic for people to pay their respects.  Check out the poster for more details.
PowerPoint Presentation


SSSS small bannerAfter many requests for the Power Point Presentations that accompanied the presentations at HRVic’s Substance Specific Series – Novel/New Psychoactive Substances Seminar at the Melbourne Town Hall, we have uploaded some to the site for your viewing enjoyment. We hope you enjoy these as much as the crowd did during the event. Click Here

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Whack! 34 Family & Drug Use Issue Review.

We at Harm Reduction Victoria recently received some feedback on the most recent edition of Whack! from the Editor of NUUA’s ‘Users News’ (The NSW equivalent of Victoria’s ‘Whack! Magazine’)that we felt we must share with our members and followers. If we are getting reviews of this calibre we must be doing something right! So, without further ado:
‘I really thought your last issue was superb. Every piece was thoughtful and the whole thing read with the balance of a set at a club by a really good DJ! A great mix of info, positioning and stories. I have been pressing it on to everyone. I of course related to lots of bits of different stories.
I think after you read Whack, User’s News and the rest you should know anger and grief, but be buoyed by hope, lit with fervour for change, armed with insider info and cushioned by a sense of self-awareness and community. You definitely achieved that.
You should be really proud of it.’
Leah McLeod | Resources Co-ordinator | NSW Users and AIDS Association (NUAA)




Whack33 Teaser Image

We are very proud to present the new Full Colour online issue of Whack! 33 Magazine : Family & Drug Use. We were very interested in exploring the personal experiences of people who use & inject illicit drugs & how they were treated by health care and child protection services. We are also delighted to bring you articles from young adults, & their experiences of growing up in families with parents who used drugs, the challenges faced by young IDU parents, EDM ‘families’ & the way they look after their own, & much more family related content. This issue is quite a bit larger than the previous 48 page issues and contains all the regular pages that you’ve come to love and expect. There is also a competition to win a couple of IPAD’s if you sign a friend up to become a member (Page 54). So what are you waiting for! Click here for Flipbook version & here for the PDF version.  Whack! is a magazine created by users for users.

Loki / Whack! 33 Editor.


.Young Users Program Logo.Overdose Prevention and Education LogoOverdose Prevention and Education Logo


HRV have developed some new logos for the different programs that we provide as the old ones were aging fast.  Click the below links to check out what each program is currently up to.

Overdose Prevention & Education.

Peer Networker Program.

Young Users Project.


naloxone stats


Hi there, it’s me again, banging on about….you guessed it!….naloxone. Things are going from strength to strength with more than 540 people trained and competent in how and when to administer naloxone. And that’s from attending HRV’s training, not to mention the emergence of new places becoming available for people to get equipped with naloxone.


Novel Psychoactive Substances Seminar

 Tuesday 28th July 2-5pm at Melbourne Town Hall read more and get your tickets today!


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