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Pill Testing Australia (previously STA-SAFE) conduct laboratory grade, front of house pill testing integrated with health professional consultations.

Having conducted Australia’s first successful pill testing at Groovin the Moo in 2018 we are working hard to roll out this proven, important harm reduction strategy at events and eventually in cities around Australia.

If you thought testing pills was just a recent idea, think again. Drug checking services have been developed over the last 25 years in over 30 countries and are one of the best proven strategies for reducing drug-related harm.

The evidence for pill testing shows us that:

  1. it reduces the amount of drugs consumed by individuals
  2. it reduces the variety of drugs consumed in a session, both of which are risk factors for overdose & death

We are dedicated to seeing pill testing services rolled out as part of a nationwide system.

What we do is relatively simple.

People considering using a pill or other drug can see us to have them tested to discover what it is they may really be taking.

As part of this process we will provide a range of information to help people make an informed decision while understanding the risks and what to do in the event of any adverse outcomes.

This is an opportunity for an early intervention, the provision of non-discriminatory health information, and access referral pathways to a range of health and community services.

We never advise people it is safe to take drugs
We never promote the consumption of drugs
We are a non-discriminatory health service.

Enjoy looking around our website and learning about the different services we provide.

Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

Media Release – Second pill testing pilot in Canberra a success!

Media Release – Second pill testing pilot in Canberra a success!

MEDIA RELEASE Monday 29 April 2019 For Immediate Release Second pill testing pilot in Canberra an overwhelming success Pill Testing Australia has successfully implemented a 2nd Pill Testing Pilot at the Groovin the Moo Festival in Canberra Preliminary key facts: The...

PTA Launch “Give That They May Know” fundraiser!

PTA Launch “Give That They May Know” fundraiser!

Well… hello, Australia! My name is David Caldicott, it’s entirely possible that you may have seen or heard me harping on about harm minimisation in general and pill testing in particular over the last decade or so. If so, sorry about the prior intrusion and apologies...

Extraordinary. Body of Evidence demonstrates positive results of pill-testing. Supported by @TheRACP, @PSA_National, and @harmreductionau - however, @GregHuntMP says no; says everyone is wrong.

pill testing advocate @ACTINOSProject has offered to give health minister Greg Hunt a demo of their technology, after Hunt called pill testing "dangerous and unfounded" in response to @WilkieMP in #QT

"I could be there within 20 minutes" he said https://t.co/ScU5QF2haU

How exactly does one continue to be “Minister for Health” @GregHuntMP while doggedly ignoring the advice of the majority of health experts and industry bodies? #HarmReduction #PillTesting #ministerforharm

@JoshButler @WilkieMP @GregHuntMP Never let it be said that our federal leaders have ever willingly let a fact get in the way of an ideology.
To suggest that #pilltesting encourages drug use, that it 'won't work' for MDMA, that context of consumption is not addressed by #pilltesting-
all demonstrably incorrect.

In addition to the deaths of 6 young people being examined by the NSW coroner, sadly there are many more. @moonlightami is a brave Victorian mother whose son died at a festival. She wants change - Sign the Petition https://t.co/3NbSKBedo9 via @ChangeAUS

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PTA will only deliver front of house testing and is a signatory to the Trans-Tasman Charter which lays out the principles under which any pill testing should operate.

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