NSW Ministry of Health

Back row: Anthony Cooke, Mick Bray Middle row: Health Minister Brad Hazzard, NSW Health Secretary Elizabeth Koff, Sergei Bidny, Shanmugam Banukumar, Vanessa Shaw, Laura Changi, David Koop, Michelle Cretikos, Daniel Maddedu, Caren Friend, Claire Harper, Graeme Loy (Western Sydney LHD Chief Executive), Lauren Mason, Jill Ludford (Murrumbidgee LHD Chief Executive), Sophie Tyler, Robin Auld, Santiago Vaszquez, Anna Do, Catherine McDonald Front row: Dr Kerry Chant (Chief Health Officer) Gary Tall, Sarah Coomes, Deb Welsby, Caroline Sharpe, Kavita Varshney, Andrew Dawson

The team coordinated the Ministry of Health's response to severe drug-related harms associated with some music festivals over the 2018-19 summer festival season in NSW.
The response reduced drug related harms by:

  • Promoting safer behaviours among patrons using
    social marketing and peer-based services
  • Supporting safer music festival environments
  • Enhancing the onsite medical response
The team built relationships across agencies and partners, and worked in close collaboration with festival organisers, onsite medical providers and peer-based harm reduction services with an evidence-informed harm reduction approach. The team responded in real time to a complex, evolving situation, learning from each event and rapidly iterating the policy and service response.
The team systematised health risk assessments, provided advice and support for organisers and medical service providers, developed enhanced surveillance and coordinated toxicological testing for severe drug related illness, and fed all information back into an improved policy and interagency regulatory framework.

Supporting Delivery of Safer Music Festivals - NSW Ministry f Health team 

Current as at: Thursday 29 August 2019
Contact page owner: NSW Ministry of Health