Family Drug Support Australia
Support Line: 1300 368 186
(available 24 hours 7 days a week)

The Social Exchange Podcast with Tony

Tony Trimingham spends time talking with Zach Rhoads - Author and founder of The Social Exchange Podcast. Listen to the podcast here:
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Vale Ray Richmond

It is with great sadness that we have learned of the death of Rev. Ray Richmond, former Minister at the Wayside Chapel. Ray played an enormous part in helping to achieve Australia’s first injecting facility. When a group of us were planning to open an injecting facility. As a trial and an act of civil disobedience, Ray provided the final piece of the jigsaw by offering the Wayside Chapel as a location for the service. The Tolerance room opened for approximately 10 days and ensured an injecting facility was added to the agenda for the 1999 NSW Drug Summit.
The Drug Summit then approved a recommendation to open one in Kings Cross which became the MSIC. During the time that the tolerance room was open, Ray Richmond and 3 drug users were arrested in a police raid on the premises. The magistrate threw out the charges and complained about the waste of time and resources.
I remember Ray as a very warm-hearted person who wanted to make a difference to the lives of the people affected by drugs and other social problems. I am pleased to have called him a friend, and he will be missed.
Tony Trimingham, OAM
Family Drug Support


Donation to Family Drug Support Australia

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Donation for International Family Drug Support Day

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International Family Drug Support Day is held on the 24th of February each year – the anniversary of the passing of Damien Trimingham from a drug-related overdose. It is now an annual event to highlight the need for families to not only be recognised and heard but to be supported and encouraged to speak about their concerns and their needs.

Donation to Harm Reduction Australia Pill Testing Fundraiser

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Please donate to Harm Reduction Australia Pill Testing Fundraiser.
We need your help to raise $100,000 to introduce pill testing throughout Australia. Harm Reduction Australia (HRA) is part of the Safety Testing Advisory Service At Festivals and Events (STA-SAFE) Consortium that conducted the first officially sanctioned pill testing pilot in Australia (Pill Testing Pilot ACT June 2018 Final Report). The pilot was overwhelmingly successful.
What is less well known is that the pilot was able to proceed because of the financial and voluntary contributions of HRA, members of the STA-SAFE Consortium and the pro bono contributions of a number of supporters. This included legal advice and the free loan of the equipment needed to conduct the on-site chemical analysis of samples presented by patrons at the festival.
We now need to raise funds to run further pilot programs

Harm Reduction Australia (HRA)


Australia’s first national harm reduction organisation for individuals committed to reducing the health, social and economic harms potentially associated with drug use - Harm Reduction Australia (HRA) – was launched on Thursday 26/11/2015 at Parliament House in Canberra.

For more information, please visit the HRA website: