2018

Day of Action 2018

City: Joondalup

Organisations: Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP)

There will be a discussion on drug reform and harm reduction measures along with a Q&A panel of professionals to promote awareness and dialogue.

 

 

 

 

City: Perth

Organisations: Peer Based Harm Reduction WA

Awareness-raising activities at drop-in service.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

City: Melbourne
Organisations: Drug Policy Australia Limited, Australian Drug Foundation (ADF), Victorian Alcohol and Drug Association (VAADA), Family Drug Support (FDS), Harm Reduction Victoria (HRVic), Odyssey House, Penington Institute, Students For Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP), Victoria Street Drug Solutions, Yarra Drug and Health Forum (YDHF), Law Enforcement against Prohibition (LEAP), Asian Network of People who Use Drugs.

On the day we had 2 activities starting with a high visibility street campaign from 10 am and finishing with a town hall meeting at 6.pm attended by 150 people. The street campaign involved 20 volunteers wearing Support Don’t Punish t-shirts handing out flyers at 10 locations in the Melbourne CBD. Volunteers interacted with the public, handed out information and collected donations. At days end the volunteers assembled at the Melbourne Town Hall for a public meeting with 8 speakers featuring health professionals, politicians, journalists and community leaders. The forum had information table from 6 AOD organisations who handed out health promotion material and interacted with the public.


2016

Day of Action 2016

In Melbourne, Students for sensible Drug Policy Australia coordinated activities with Harm Reduction VictoriaFamily Drug Support and the Yarra Drug and Health Forum on 25th June, including dissemination of flyers, music, a public mural at Nicholson Street Mall, prison cell demonstrations with a mock prison set up by DanceWize, a petition to the Victorian parliament as well as outreach to the media. A group photo was taken with Support. Don’t Punish t-shirts and participants were invited for a BBQ.

Videos of the events

Australia day of action 2016 1

Australia day of action 2016 2

Media coverage

2015

Day of Action 2015

In Tasmania, the Alcohol, Tobacco and other Drugs Council of Tasmania (ATDC) hosted an event on the week commencing 22nd June. In Sydney, the NSW Users & AIDS Association and the Dowson Turco Lawyers organised a forum bringing together leaders of faith organisations, human rights activists, people who use drugs and political figures at the New South Wales Parliament House, in order to discuss decriminalisation. You can watch some of the presentations here or below. Finally, in Melbourne Harm Reduction Victoria did a graffiti mural, while their DanceWize volunteers handed out materials on the campaign. Other activities included outreach to the media.

Video clips from Sydney

Media Coverage

2014

Day of Action 2014

Australia took part in the Day of Action for the first time in 2014, with separate activities taking place in Sydney and Melbourne. In Sydney, Unharm, the Australian Drug Law Reform Foundation and the Wayside Chapel coordinated a public event celebrating 15 years of unofficial and official drug consumption rooms in the city – and calling for more services to be established. In Melbourne, the Australian Sex Party – a libertarian political party – did outreach during rush hour in the city’s train stations, giving out dummy ‘drug bags’ containing sweets and leaflets, to promote the campaign as well as their own revised drug policies. Colleagues from the Alcohol, Tobacco & other Drugs Council in Tasmania also issued a press release on the day in support of the campaign.

Media coverage: