ABOUT US

DanceWize NSW is a program of NSW Users and Aids Association, the leader in peer-led harm reduction in NSW. DanceWize NSW is funded by the NSW Ministry of Health to attend NSW music festivals to increase the safety of festival patrons through credible and evidence based information about safer partying and delivering a range of peer-delivered prevention and harm reduction services including crowd care services (e.g. water, sunscreen, information) through to hosting a dedicated care space to look after festival goers who are experiencing difficulty or simply need a time out.

DanceWize NSW works closely with festival promoters, emergency medical, police, and security service providers to support a coordinated, safety-focussed approach. As part of our 2-year trial program we have developed a steering committee to assist with communication and service development and includes members of NSW Ambulance, NSW Health, Harm Reduction Victoria, NSW Police Drug Policy, Mothership Events, and Ranwood Solutions (specialist onsite festival emergency service provider) who advise our team on effective solutions, best practice and general encouragement and support in program delivery as we establish ourselves at events and festivals in the state of NSW.

The DanceWize NSW team numbers over 150 NUAA staff members and volunteers. Key NUAA team members are:

DanceWize NSW team:

Erica Franklin

Georgina Bell

Adam Smith

NUAA Management team:

Mary Ellen Harrod

Charles Henderson

Our KPE Leadership Team (Shift Leaders) are: Jacinta Bourne, Lisa Andreyeva, Erica Franklin, Cam Benson, Cameron Dalrymple, Shahrad Salimian, Matt Dibbayawan, Chris Eassey, Bekk Moffitt, Alice Pierce, William Swann, Adam Beres and Jason Gregory-Jones.

Our volunteers, Key Peer Educators (KPEs) are what makes DanceWize NSW so effective - stay tuned for their biographies!

 

STAFF

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ERICA FRANKLIN

Erica Franklin has been a DanceWize NSW Coordinator since June 2019, and part of its leadership team since the program’s inception in 2017.

Erica has extensive experience working in drug and alcohol harm reduction. She has worked at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, Kirketon Road Centre, Medically Supervised Injecting Centre, RUSH Needle and Syringe Program and Redfern Harm Minimisation Program. Her passion for harm reduction began when studying Criminology and Criminal Justice. She graduated her honours degree with distinction after completing her thesis on why people are motivated to take novel psychoactive substances.

She has been attending festivals for over 13 years, and loves listening to punk, psytrance, metal, and 90s-2000s pop hits. She has also been an active member of Reclaim the Streets and has helped to organise community events and ‘protestivals’, such as Demand Action – Pill Testing Saves Lives (2019), Ruff Justice (2018), Keep Newtown Weird and Safe (2018), Love Triumphant (2017), and the Festival for Marriage Equality (2017).

When she isn’t at a festival or live gig she is playing video games or dungeons and dragons*.

*Level 28, Human Cleric, Neutral Good
Strength: 0
Dexterity: -1
Constitution: +1
Intelligence: +2
Wisdom: +2
Charisma: +3

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GINA BELL

Gina Bell joined NUAA in June 2019 as a Coordinator of DanceWize NSW with much respect for the program from seeing it in action at some of her favourite events.

Gina has a background in social work, currenlty studying a Masters in Social Work at the University of Sydney. She has held roles in disability, mental health and suicide prevention since 2012, working with caseloads of individuals and families to promote wellbeing and empowerment, within a range of challenges including domestic violence, trauma, disability, homelessness, suicide and oppression.

Before joining NUAA, Gina was coordinating youth and parent online communities and managing volunteer teams to deliver effective peer support. Gina is passionate about utilising the power of stories and the expertise of lived experience, to support and build strong communities.

Gina loves listening to live music and going to festivals and community events –believing that having time to be playful and expressive with your community is an important part of wellbeing. Gina also loves engaging in social justice and feminism, and is passionate about environmental justice – wanting to see humans and the planet flourish.

As a Coordinator for DanceWize Gina is able to use her love for partying and community, with her skills in volunteer management, mental health, and crisis support, to promote safety, human rights and dignity for drug users.

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ADAM SMITH

Adam Smith has been a DanceWize NSW Coordinator since May 2019. Prior to this role, Adam had been a casual employee, a volunteer since 2018, and a recipient of support in DanceWize care at a festival in 2017.

Adam has worked for a variety of charities, from environmental organisations to community services. Until now, his all time favourite role had been as a pizza boy.

Adam loves partying, doofs and festivals and enjoys the self-expression and weird times for play they offer. He finds his lived experience in the community helps him relate to the community he loves and he’s stoked to be working with the amazing DanceWize team.

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MARY ELLEN HARROD

Mary Ellen Harrod joined NUAA as CEO in January 2015. At NUAA, and in her previous career as a researcher, Mary has been committed to community engagement and the belief that empowering marginalised communities is fundamental to addressing issues of health equity. Her interest in peer education and preventing harm at music festivals stems from her love of live music, her role as the mother of a young festival attendee and her commitment to bringing peer education and engagement to diverse communities of people who use drugs. The DanceWize NSW project arose from multiple discussions with Jenny Kelsall, the late and much treasured EO of Harm Reduction Victoria (HRVic). Jenny’s generosity and commitment to seeing the highly successful HRVic DanceWize model replicated across the country resulted in the establishment of the NSW project.

You can view Dr. Harrod’s CV here and read more about her work here, here and here.

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CHARLES HENDERSON

Charles recently joined NUAA as Deputy CEO at the start of 2018.
His entire career, the core of himself, has been dedicated to working for the improved health and human rights of drug users, mostly in the arena of injecting related drug use, so often the hidden group bearing the fullest, most fearsome brunt of societal attitudes.

Previous to NUAA Charles gained experience in Australia as the Programs Manager/Acting EO at Harm Reduction Victoria and got to understand and develop his skills in the festival space with DanceWize being an integral component of work there.

Currently part of his role in the NUAA family is to oversee the incredibly important (2-year initial contract with the Ministry of Health) efforts of DanceWize NSW and particularly the Coordinators Jessie and Dan.
Like any service NUAA provides, it is very much geared within a humane, non-judgemental approach, the cornerstone of Harm Reduction and a NUAA tenet: care with empathy, strength through unity and respect through lived connection.

He is proud and loud when it comes to all things that serve natural justice.

“I am glad to be with a group of people that work to make a difference, speak out to say that things can change, and put my shoulder to the wheel of health access and reform.”

 

TEAM LEADERS

JACINTA BOURNE   Cinty is a harm minimisation worker, advocate and peer who works and volunteers in various roles including NSP health education, DanceWize NSW and other crowd care initiatives. Cinty joined DanceWize NSW in 2017, and has trouble saying no if she hears of any awesome community programs or activist causes.

JACINTA BOURNE

Cinty is a harm minimisation worker, advocate and peer who works and volunteers in various roles including NSP health education, DanceWize NSW and other crowd care initiatives. Cinty joined DanceWize NSW in 2017, and has trouble saying no if she hears of any awesome community programs or activist causes.

MATT DIBBAYAWAN   Matt believes in all things Harm Reduction, and has worked in the field since 2014, including at the Medically Supervised Injecting Centre in Sydney and volunteering with Dancewize Victoria and NSW and The Loop Australia. Matt joined the Leadership team for DanceWize NSW in 2017.

MATT DIBBAYAWAN

Matt believes in all things Harm Reduction, and has worked in the field since 2014, including at the Medically Supervised Injecting Centre in Sydney and volunteering with Dancewize Victoria and NSW and The Loop Australia. Matt joined the Leadership team for DanceWize NSW in 2017.

ALICE PIERCE  Alice Ruby is a harm reduction enthusiast and drug policy nerd. Alice is a postgrad law student, and recently completed a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) at the top of her class. Alice draws upon her experience in DIY/ live music communities, and volunteering with harm reduction programs to push for meaningful drug policy reform.

ALICE PIERCE
Alice Ruby is a harm reduction enthusiast and drug policy nerd. Alice is a postgrad law student, and recently completed a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) at the top of her class. Alice draws upon her experience in DIY/ live music communities, and volunteering with harm reduction programs to push for meaningful drug policy reform.

CHRIS EASSEY   Chris is a PhD candidate with the Faculty of Medicine at UNSW, and works as a Research Officer at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Center. He joined the leadership team in 2018. Having previously studied pharmacology, he has a particular enthusiasm in the hands on approach for reducing harms associated with polypharmacy and psychedelics.

CHRIS EASSEY

Chris is a PhD candidate with the Faculty of Medicine at UNSW, and works as a Research Officer at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Center. He joined the leadership team in 2018. Having previously studied pharmacology, he has a particular enthusiasm in the hands on approach for reducing harms associated with polypharmacy and psychedelics.


CAMERON DALRYMPLE   Cameron is a carpenter/builder, born and based in Sydney's eastern beaches. When not building homes he can be found cutting shapes on the dance floor, catching sun at the beach, or spinning fire under his performance moniker 'Catalyst'. He joined DW in early 2018 and recently became a shift leader.

CAMERON DALRYMPLE

Cameron is a carpenter/builder, born and based in Sydney's eastern beaches. When not building homes he can be found cutting shapes on the dance floor, catching sun at the beach, or spinning fire under his performance moniker 'Catalyst'. He joined DW in early 2018 and recently became a shift leader.

SHAHRAD SALIMIAN   Shahrad is passionate about neuropsychology, mental health and harm reduction. He loves learning about anything and everything and has been with DW NSW since inception and has just joined the leadership team. He loves lonely kids club apparel and playing video games.

SHAHRAD SALIMIAN

Shahrad is passionate about neuropsychology, mental health and harm reduction. He loves learning about anything and everything and has been with DW NSW since inception and has just joined the leadership team. He loves lonely kids club apparel and playing video games.

WILLIAM SWANN   Curious of all things positive psychology, cosmic connectivity and cellular awareness Will moves between the worlds of science, art , dance, meditation and yoga. Having completing a degree in molecular biology, Will is continuing his journey with psychology/neuroscience to understand the dimensions of mental health and our internal world.

WILLIAM SWANN

Curious of all things positive psychology, cosmic connectivity and cellular awareness Will moves between the worlds of science, art , dance, meditation and yoga. Having completing a degree in molecular biology, Will is continuing his journey with psychology/neuroscience to understand the dimensions of mental health and our internal world.

LISA ANDREYEVA   Over 30 years on planet earth, Lisa has come to value connection and clear and honest communication most of all, and is now using these values and skills to help out DanceWize NSW.

LISA ANDREYEVA

Over 30 years on planet earth, Lisa has come to value connection and clear and honest communication most of all, and is now using these values and skills to help out DanceWize NSW.



BEKK MOFFITT   I care. I’m a carer. My background is in natural therapies, music therapy and aged care.I believe that dance is and always has been a potent panacea for many worldly ails. I am the teetotaler, the platter-maker, the water-pusher. Turn your back for 2 seconds and I’ll start cleaning.

BEKK MOFFITT

I care. I’m a carer.
My background is in natural therapies, music therapy and aged care.I believe that dance is and always has been a potent panacea for many worldly ails. I am the teetotaler, the platter-maker, the water-pusher. Turn your back for 2 seconds and I’ll start cleaning.

CAM BENSON   Cam spends most of his time studying medicine and petting cats. Previously he conducted research in organic chemistry and why life is worth persisting with. One day he hopes to practise psychiatry outdoors.

CAM BENSON

Cam spends most of his time studying medicine and petting cats. Previously he conducted research in organic chemistry and why life is worth persisting with. One day he hopes to practise psychiatry outdoors.