DanceWize is one of Harm Reduction Victoria’s (HRVic) many outreach programs. 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 28 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.
Volunteering for DanceWize
While the DanceWize team is always keen to meet, connect, and network with our peers, we now limit our recruiting and induction period to the Winter season. If you would like the opportunity to be a fully trained DanceWize team member providing harm reduction education and support at events during the approaching Summer season, please complete our online application form before 30 June each year.
The DanceWize team has grown in recent years, we greatly appreciate the ongoing commitment of our incredible team members, but this does mean we now have to limit the number of new team members we recruit each year. Please be aware priority may be given to people who already hold a current First Aid certificate.
If you would like further information about the role, the DanceWize program, or if you experience difficulty submitting the application online, please copy-and-paste your answers and email them to the DanceWize Coordinators Steph or Joel at: Steph@dancewize.org.au and Joel@dancewize.org.au