DanceWize (formerly RaveSafe)
DanceWize is a program of Harm Reduction Victoria (HRV). DanceWize utilises a peer education model to reduce drug and alcohol related harm at Victorian dance parties, festivals and nightclubs. Our Key Peer Educators [KPEs] attend up to 15 events per year: hosting a chill-out space; discussing safer drug use with peers and disseminating health resources.
The DanceWize goal is to provide our peers with accurate, credible information through face-to-face discussion or through the provision of resources (which always include information about the harms associated with illicit and licit drug use).
Our KPEs are recruited from the dance party, festival and nightclub communities and are trained by experts in the field to equip them with the knowledge and skills they need to answer questions or to refer peers to other services where appropriate.
The DanceWize chill-out space is not a first-aid facility. We use this area to engage our peers and to look after patrons who might be a little confused or freaking out. DanceWize KPEs use their experience and knowledge to talk them through their moments of confusion. Anyone needing medical attention is referred to First Aid.
Steph – Program Coordinator