News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search

 


Guidelines Promote Safer Dance Parties

ORGANISERS and promoters of dance parties now have a set of guidelines to help them meet their health and safety responsibilities following the launch of the document Guidelines for Safe Dance Parties.

Ministry of Health Senior Analyst, Matthew Allen said, "The guidelines give dance party organisers clear information about how to fulfill their duty of care to participants at these events."

The document includes a number of practical steps that should be taken to ensure a safe environment at dance parties. The key messages to organisers and promoters of dance parties includes ensuring basic safety of their guests, that there is plenty of free, cold drinking-water available, that there is an area where people can "chill out", and that basic safety measures such as trained staff and crowd control are in place.

Mr Allen said, "There is a growing concern about the increasing availability of ecstasy, and other drug use, in this country and any approach to making dance parties safer for participants must be underpinned by a realisation that young people face decisions about drug taking and other choices."

"The guidelines do not condone illegal drug use, but note the reality that some people will choose to use drugs at dance parties. The information in these guidelines is provided in an attempt to minimise the harm caused by that drug use."

"The Ministry of Health's view is that the guidelines strike a good balance between discouraging drug use and accepting the realities of the dance party scene."

"The guidelines are voluntary, but it is hoped that they will be adopted and widely used."

Guidelines for Safe Dance Parties: The Big Book, and the CD version are available from the Ministry of Health's publication distributor: Wickliffe Group Ltd, ph: 04 496 2277 or e-mail: pubs@moh.govt.nz, or from the Ministry’s web site at www.moh.govt.nz.

ENDS


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Electronica: Restoring The World’s First Recorded Computer Music

University of Canterbury Distinguished Professor Jack Copeland and UC alumni and composer Jason Long have restored the earliest known recording of computer-generated music, created more than 65 years ago using programming techniques devised by Alan Turing. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Review Of Books: Almost Getting Away With Murder

The Black Widow by Lee-Anne Cartier: Lee-Anne Cartier is the sister of the Christchurch man found to have been murdered by his wife, Helen Milner, after an initial assumption by police that his death, in 2009, was suicide. More>>

Howard Davis: Triple Echo - The Malevich/Reinhardt/Hotere Nexus

Howard Davis: The current juxtaposition of works by Ralph Hotere and Ad Reinhardt at Te Papa perfectly exemplifies Jean Michel Massing's preoccupation with the transmigration of imagery in a remarkable triple echo effect... More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: Nō Tāu Manawa

Vaughan Rapatahana responds to Fale Aitu | Spirit House by Tusiata Avi: "fa’afetai Tusiata, fa’afetai, / you’ve swerved & served us a masterclass corpus / through graft / of tears & fears..." More>>

9 Golds - 21 Medals: NZ Team Celebrates As Rio 2016 Paralympic Games Close

The entire New Zealand Paralympic Team, led by kiwi sprinter and double gold medallist Liam Malone as flag bearer, are on the bus to the Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro for the Closing Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. There, they will celebrate the fantastic successes of the past 10 days. More>>

ALSO:

New Zealand Improv Festival: The Festival Of Moments To Return To The Capital

The eighth incarnation of the New Zealand Improv Festival comes to BATS Theatre this 4-8 October , with a stellar line-up of spontaneous theatre and instant comedy performed and directed by top improvisors from around New Zealand and the world. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Health
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news