Harm Reduction Victoria

Whack Magazine

WHACK! logo
WHACK! Magazine is HRVic’s flagship publication. It is published quarterly and available both in hard copy and online.

WHACK! is an integral part of HRVic and our mission to advance the health and human rights of people who use drugs. We believe that WHACK! has an important part to play by providing drug users with a free magazine that is written and designed by and for drug users and delivers (among other things) accurate information about issues that directly relate to our lives.

The primary role of WHACK! is the provision of relevant harm reduction information about reducing the harms associated with drug use – and in particular reducing the risk of HIV, hep C and hep B. Due to the diverse & marginalised nature of the drug user community, the information is presented in such a way as to have wide appeal & lasting impact & to represent the different perspectives of a wide range of contributors – from peers to researchers. The information takes a vast array of forms, from the informative to the ridiculous – and everything else in between. We are constantly on the search for new ways to convey the harm reduction message, while staying true to our roots.




Or Read Online HERE!

Whack! has a long history which goes back to 1987 when HRV was called VIVAIDS. It began life as simply ‘The VIVAIDS magazine’ and was renamed ‘MAINLINE’ during the early nineties & later ‘THE NEW MAINLINE’. In 1997 ‘WHACK!’ was the winning entry in a reader competition to rebrand the magazine and WHACK! was born.

Over the years, WHACK! has taken on many different incarnations. From a 4 page black & white photocopied ‘zine assembled by volunteers in the 80’s, WHACK!  has evolved into a 48 page glossy semi-colour magazine boasting high end production values and a comprehensive distribution strategy which covers all of Victoria & selected organisations nationally.