DanceWize (formerly Ravesafe) has been a program of Harm Reduction Victoria (formerly VIVAIDS) since the early 90’s. DanceWize utilises a peer education model to reduce drug related harm at Victorian dance parties, festivals and nightclubs. Our team of voluntary Key Peer Educators [KPEs] attend up to 15 events per year to discuss safer drug use with peers and disseminate health information and resources. DanceWize also hosts a chill-out space at events to assist party goers who experience alcohol or drug related problems at events.
The DanceWize goal is to provide our peers with accurate, credible information through face-to-face discussion or through the provision of resources (which include information about the harms associated with illicit and licit drug use).We attend a variety of events (e.g. commercial, doof, club, etc.) in an effort to reach a wide range of party goers with harm reduction information about safer use of party drugs.
Our KPEs are recruited from the dance party, festival and nightclub communities and 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.
DanceWize works closely with the First Aid providers at events and all KPEs receive First Aid training. However, 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 encounter alcohol and/or drug related problems at events. DanceWize KPEs use their experience and knowledge to support punters. Anyone needing medical attention is referred to First Aid. The first aid training provided to the DanceWize team equips them to know when to refer someone on to First Aid and conversely when it is appropriate for DanceWize to assume control of a situation.