HRVic BOARD

2021-2022

"The speed of decision making
is the essence of good governance.
 

-Piyush Goyal

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ROBYN DWYER– president@hrvic.org.au

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.

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EMILY LENTON  –  vicepresident@hrvic.org.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).

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JOEL MURRAY  – treasurer@hrvic.org.au

Joël is a policy nerd, keen gardener and queer. They use their lived experience of HIV, hep C and injecting drug use in their advocacy efforts to further the health and human rights of people who drugs. They are currently the Manager Community Health & Wellbeing Programs (which includes AOD programs and NSP) at ACON Health in NSW. 

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GABRIELLE BENNETT  gabyb@hrvic.org.au

Gabrielle Bennett is a Registered Nurse/Midwife with experience working in community settings in Victoria and the Northern Territory around the issues of drug use, blood borne viruses, sexual health and primary health care. Gabrielle has extensive experience in working with vulnerable communities and has an interest in access issues and health inequities. She has worked in policy, education, public health and clinical settings.   She is currently employed as the Victorian Viral Hepatitis Educator based at St Vincent’s Melbourne. 

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JARROD MCMAUGH  jarrodm@hrvic.org.au

Jarrod is a pharmacist with 20 years experience working in Victoria and rural NSW. He has a particular interest in harm reduction, reducing stigma, and drug law reform. Jarrod has a particular interest in work that reduces stigma from health professionals and the media, as well as changing the way drug use is treated as a law issue rather than a personal, social, or health issue.

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KATIA LALLO-Katial@hrvic.org.au

Katia is a community lawyer and advocate for the rights of criminalised people and communities. Her work is informed by decarceration and grassroots organising, especially in the space of community legal education. Katia is interested in the way the law impacts on the lives of people who consume drugs, and its implications for individual and community safety and self-determinationKatia is a community lawyer and advocate for the rights of criminalised people and communities. Her work is informed by decarceration and grassroots organising, especially in the space of community legal education. Katia is interested in the way the law impacts on the lives of people who consume drugs, and its implications for individual and community safety and self-determination.

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TONY WYATT

Tony has over 15 years of board level experience across the public, commercial & not for profit sectors, with particular experience in the health and pharmaceutical sector. Board level highlights include: Member of the DHHS Methadone Advisory Committee; Executive Director of the HPS Board and Member of the HPS Shareholder Committee. As a Non-Executive Director he contributed to the development of one of the first non-Government community AOD treatment centres in Victoria and later took over the management of the not for profit program at Moreland Hall. Tony advocated  to the PBS on 2 separate occasions to have methadone added to the PBS and worked on a number of pharmacotherapy innovations. With a Master of Business Administration, a Bachelor of Pharmacy and as a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Tony has a range of ways to contribute to the HRVic Board.

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PENNY HILL

Penny Hill is the current Deputy Secretary of the Vienna NGO Committee on Drugs, Oceania Representative to the International Drug Policy Consortium’s Members Advisory Council, Board Member of Harm Reduction Australia, Vice President of Harm Reduction Victoria, and co-founder of Students for Sensible Drug Policy Australia. Penny has recently submitted her PhD thesis focussed on opioid overdose through the Burnet Institute, and currently works as an Emerging Drugs Research Fellow at UNSW. Penny started working in the harm reduction sector as an NSP worker, and has substantial experience working and volunteering in various harm reduction services, including peer-led supervised consumption sites, festival spaces and drug checking services in Australia, New Zealand and Canada.

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