The Ministry of Health is accepting Expressions of Interest (EOI) from organisations to provide peer-based harm reduction services at NSW music festivals. Funding is available for up to four years, commencing in 2023.
The peer-based harm reduction funding offer encourages organisations to submit an EOI application to provide peer-based harm reduction services at NSW music festivals subject to the NSW Music Festivals Act 2019.
The program aims to ensure that:
- Music festival patrons at risk of drug -related harms are identified early and supported to access medical care or other interventions
- Music festival patrons are equipped with tailored, evidence-based, and credible information, education, messaging, and resources on how to prevent or minimise drug-related harms
- Peer-based harm reduction services are delivered by a trained and well-prepared workforce to support patrons in the music festival context
- Peer-based harm reduction services are collaborative, well-connected and coordinated with other key festival stakeholders
- Peer-based harm reduction services contribute to strengthening the evidence base on drug-use and harm reduction approaches in the NSW music festival context
- Peer-based harm reduction services contribute to monitoring and evaluation studies of the impact of broader harm reduction measures, as described in the Guidelines, implemented at music festivals.