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Annual General Meeting 2021
Wednesday 8th December 
4:00 PM AEDT

On Wednesday, the 8th of December at 4pm, Harm Reduction Victoria will hold its AGM for the year 2021 online via Zoom.


If you wish to attend and you didn't receive your zoom link yet, please email

If you are unfamiliar with using Zoom, instructions are available by clicking here. 

We have chosen Zoom for our AGM because it is widely accessible, and is a platform that many people have experience with now.

AGM Proceedings
If possible, please begin to enter the Zoom link at or after 3:30pm so that we can check members off as they enter and troubleshoot any issues for you.

Notes on the Zoom Meeting

  • We will have a waiting room system and will admit people from 3:30pm onwards.

  • All attendees will be muted on entry by default.

  • As per normal practice, we will check off members as we admit attendees into the virtual 'meeting room'.

  • If you are a member, please ensure your Zoom nameplate reflects your member name so we can count your vote if needed.

  • We will assign members an “M” in their Zoom nameplate, so that we can identify members easily during the proceedings.


Members who are sharing a computer:

Please message us at the start of the meeting at the HRVic Zoom Account so the Secretary can count your vote


Approval of 2020 AGM Minutes and Appointment of the Auditor

We will need member approvals for three parts of the AGM.

  • Approval of the AGM Minutes 2020 

  • Approval of Appointment of Auditors for 2021-2022 financial year.

  • Approval of nominees for Board vacancies.

AGM 2020 Minutes are available by clicking link here.

If you attended in 2020 please check them over as we will need to approve them during this meeting.

Appointment of Auditors

The Treasurer, Joel Murray, will speak to this item during the meeting and we will ask the members to approve the appointment of Chooi Beh & Associates as Auditors for 2021-2022.

Please private message the HRVic Admin Zoom account if you have any queries, including if you have any issues about the minutes or the appointment of the auditors. 

How to Send A PM in Zoom 

The approval process will be undertaken by a Zoom show of 'raised hands' by members.

How to Raise Hand in Zoom


AGM Forms Available Here 




Board Nominees 2021


Gaby Bruning

    Gaby has been working primarily with Aboriginal clients in the AOD sector for the last 8 years as an AOD Clinician and Harm Reduction Practitioner. I wish to run for the Board because I believe in HRVic, and I believe in advocating for the human rights of people who use drugs.


    Robyn Dwyer

      Robyn Dwyer has more than 20 years’ experience in harm reduction and drugs research. She has worked at several research and health centres in Melbourne and Sydney, including the National Drug Research Institute, Burnet Institute and Kirketon Road Centre. Robyn currently works at the Centre for Alcohol Policy Research, La Trobe University. In all her work, Robyn aims to give voice to people who choose to consume drugs and to challenge stereotypes and false ideas that perpetuate stigma and discrimination experienced by the drug consumer community. Robyn joined the Board of HRVic in 2011 and has served as Board President since 2015.


      Peter Higgs

        ‘Growing up’ in the inner suburbs of Sydney while studying a social work degree pre NSP in the mid-1980s meant learning lots about drugs and the people who use them. My first job in Melbourne in 1988 was on the North Melbourne high-rise housing estate which was ‘awash with heroin’. This led me to work with families who were  greatly impacted and very confused about harm reduction. Much of my work over the past 25 years has been in and around the Footscray ‘street scene’ through a range of different iterations - with a couple of long stints in Vietnam doing HIV peer-based prevention work. Most of my recent work has a focus on hep C and changes in drug use patterns. I’m keen to give what knowledge and support I can to HRVic as I step back in my paid research work roles and look forward to the opportunities available.