27th Harm Reduction International Conference

Harm Reduction International


27th Harm Reduction International Conference

11 August 2022

The harm reduction community will soon be ready to connect again - in Melbourne for HR23: Strength in Solidarity.

The Harm Reduction International Conference, convened by Harm Reduction International in a different city every two years, attracts over 1,000 international delegates and has been held in almost every region of the world. This year's conference (HR23) will be held in Melbourne, Australia, on 16-19 April 2023.

Over four days of presentations, workshops, films, networking events and more, the conference will continue its history of providing a dynamic forum to share the latest research and discussions on best practice in drug use, harm reduction and human rights, bringing together over 1,000 people from around the world working at the heart of harm reduction and drug policy.

Returning to Australia for the first time in 19 years, the conference will be a unique opportunity to showcase Melbourne’s incredible harm reduction programmes and the people who have made them possible, and also to push for further progress not just for the country, but for the region as a whole.

The conference theme, Strength in Solidarity, will underpin all HR23 activities and highlight the importance of our strength – as people, as a community, as a global movement - in sticking together.

Full programme available here.

Virtual registration available here.

IDPC Conference Roadmap

The IDPC secretariat is involved in the following events that we warmly invite you to join:

Monday, 17 April

Workshop 3

  • Promoting decriminalisation, and solidarity across movements: 16:00 - 17:30 | In person (Room: 217) | Facilitated by Nang Pann Ei Kham

Side meeting 9

  • Supporting people who use drugs in Africa –What’s working in policy and practice? | 17:00 - 19:00 | In person (Room: 218) | Organised by EJAF, VOCAL Kenya & IDPC | RSVP: rsvp@eltonjohnaidsfoundation.org | Stream: https://youtube.com/live/IogOAbI5vLA

Tuesday, 18 April

Concurrent 14

  • Regulated Markets as Harm Reduction: 14:00 - 15:30 | In person (Room 220)
    • Imminent danger: Building harm reduction responses to prevent corporate capture in regulated drug markets - Presented by Adria Cots Fernandez

Side meeting 5

  • Stagnation, collapse or reform? The way ahead for the global drug policy regime: 16:00 - 18:30 | In person (Room 206) - Organised by IDPC

Wednesday, 19 April

Major 9

  • Punitive Policy: Prohibition, Progress and Possibilities: 11:00 - 12:30 | Hybrid (Room: 212)
    • Making numbers count: Assessing The Global Drug Policy Index as an Advocacy Tool - Presented by Ann Fordham

Workshop 7

  • ‘Support. Don’t Punish’ — A prison abolitionist call?: 11:00 - 12:30 | In person (Room: 217) - Facilitated by Juan Fernández Ochoa

Concurrent 21

  • Advocating for Drug Policy Reform: Examples from Around the World: 14:00 - 15:30 | Hybrid (Room: 212)
    • Growing intersectional feminism in drug policy
      advocacy in Southeast Asia
      - Presented by Gloria Lai

Concurrent 22

  • Treatment by Force: Mandatory Detention and Treatment of People who Use Drugs: 14:00 - 15:30 | Hybrid (Room: 213)
    • A year of radical drug policy reforms in Thailand: lessons learned and gaps that remain - Presented by Unchisa Eaimtong

Booth #7

  • Support. Don’t Punish & Mainline - Drop us a visit to exchange ideas on advocacy and campaigning, stock up on goodies, and take snaps at our photo booth!


  • Using harm reduction to resist police violence: Experiences and lessons from Cracolândia, Brazil - Authored by Ana Luiza Uwai, Karin di Monteiro, Janaina Gonçalves, Maria Angélica Comis, Adrià Cots Fernández.
Melbourne, Australia
Start16 April 2023
End19 April 2023


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