Medics On Standby For Three Music Festivals In NSW On Australia Day Weekend
Three music festivals in Sydney will have a greater presence of medical teams and nurses on standby for drug overdoses and dehydration over the Australia Day weekend.
Electric Gardens in Centennial Park and Hardcore Till I Die at the Sydney Showground in Olympic Park will each be held on Saturday, while Rolling Loud Australia festival takes over the Homebush venue on Sunday.
Three critical care doctors, a critical care paramedic and four emergency nurses will attend each event alongside festival medical teams, while thousands of bottles of free chilled water will be available to crowds.
NSW Health says multiple harm reduction measures are in place to prevent deaths at the events after five people, aged between 19 to 23, died following suspected drug overdoses at NSW festivals since September.
The department has also launched a social media campaign to remind those engaging with "party drugs" to seek help quickly if they feel unwell.
"If you or a friend is confused, dizzy, too hot, vomiting or has a fast heart rate, get to the medical tent fast. You won't get into trouble, health staff are there to help you," chief health officer Dr Kerry Chant said in a statement.
HTID festival organisers have reiterated its "zero drug policy" via a post on the event's official Facebook page.
Additional advice messages have been posted to revellers including that there will be "no judgment" at first aid.
The measures come as the NSW government continues to refuse considering pill testing at future events while the opposition has vowed to hold a drug summit if it's elected to government in the March election.