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Robyn Dwyer (Chair) –
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.
Danny Jeffcote (VICE CHAIR)–
Danny Jeffcote began working in Needle & Syringe Programs in 2002 and originally served on the VIVAIDS/HRVic Board between 2004 and 2009. Currently employed at North Yarra Community Health as Team Leader of the Harm Reduction Team, Danny re-joined the HRVic board in 2011 and has served as Chair since the beginning of 2012.
JOEL MURRAY (TREASURER) –
Joël is a policy nerd, keen gardener and queer. He uses his lived experience of HIV, hep C and injecting drug use in his advocacy efforts to further the health and human rights of people who drugs. He is currently the Associate Director of Policy and Programs at Positive Life NSW.
Emily Lenton (SECRETARY) –
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).
Jarrod McMaugh –
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 law issue rather than a personal, social, or health issue.
PENNY HILL –
Penny Hill is a PhD candidate at the Burnet Institute investigating the impact of health service use on opioid overdose among people who inject drugs, and works for the Centre for Research Excellence into Injecting Drug Use (CREIDU) and the National Naloxone Reference Group (NNRG). Penny has a background as a community health worker in harm reduction and needle syringe programs across Melbourne and Sydney, is the founder of Students for Sensible Drug Policy Australia, and is a Board Member of Harm Reduction Victoria, Harm Reduction Australia and is the Oceania Representative to the International Drug Consortium’s Members Advisory Council.
Jarryd Bartle -
Jarryd Bartle is a drug policy consultant and university lecturer in criminal law. Jarryd has consulted government and not-for-profit organisations on issues of harm reduction, criminal justice reform and forensic mental health. Prior to working as a consultant, Jarryd worked as a criminal defence lawyer and a research assistant at various universities.
KASPIAN FITZPATRICK –
GABRIELLE BENNETT –
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.