We are committed to open science which includes evaluating our practice and releasing research information and data to the wider community.
Our evaluations do not receive funding from either the industry or from government. We do receive in-kind support from Bruker Corporation who provide the drug testing machine(s).
In April 2018 we undertook an operational evaluation of our practices to assist further development of our pill testing model. This model provided for on-site pill testing at the actual festival. Results from that evaluation are available at: https://www.harmreductionaustralia.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Pill-Testing-Pilot-ACT-June-2018-Final-Report.pdf
In November 2018 we will undertake a provision of pill testing off-site. There will be both an operational evaluation, and a research evaluation which will apply the Utilisation-focused Evaluation model. The research evaluation team will be led by Anna Olsen (The Australian National University) and the report will be available on our website.
Members routinely give talks, discussions and advice to enquiries. Examples include:
‘Harm Reduction’ — Guest Lecture ANU, Alcohol, Drugs and Crime: Promoting Health and Preventing Consequences, May 2018, Toni Makkai
‘Responses to drugs by governments and community organisations’ – Lecture La Trobe University, Drug Use and Addictive Behaviours, Penny Hill
‘Pill Testing: The Australian Way’- presentation at Yarra Drug Health Forum AGM, Gino Vumbaca