New research shows that not only is the use of drug detection dogs ineffective, it may in fact increase the risk of drug-related harm.
There are concerns about harm reduction strategies this summer as a restless bunch of young adults test the limits of a depleted hospitality industry.
New regulations are increasing the costs for promoters rather than concentrating on what we know works to improve safety.
The Safety, Sexual Harassment and Assault at Australian Music Festivals report is the first national study to investigate sexual violence at music festivals.
It's ineffective to use drug dogs at festivals and in public places because they're much more likely to catch small-time users than suppliers.
Alison Ritter has moved the Drug Policy Modelling Program from Medicine to Arts & Social Sciences to have more impact on drug policy.
Many women do not feel safe at music festivals, citing the particular combination of big crowds and alcohol and drug intake making them particularly wary.
Sexual harassment and assault are common experiences in general. Bianca Fileborn and Phillip Wadds suggest there is no reason to assume this is any different at music festivals.
The spread of hepatitis C has halved over the past decade, while chlamydia continues to rise, according to research released by UNSW's National HIV Research Centres.