Staying HealthyHealth-Safety

  • Drink plenty of fluids
  • Wash your hands regularly
  • Wear shoes, sunscreen, and a hat
  • Avoid sharing water bottles or drinking vessels
  • Avoid drinking alcohol to excess
  • Make sure all wounds and sores are treated immediately to avoid infection
  • When walking through bushland, be aware that there may be leeches, spiders, or snakes around, and take care
  • Consider bringing a campsite first aid kit
  • Follow the food safety advice below

Above all, if you have any concerns about your health, visit the Chirurgeons’ Tent or contact the Chirurgeonate. Small problems, left untreated, can become larger quickly.

Food Safety

Wash your hands before eating or preparing food. Hand sanitiser is available in all toilet facilities, but consider bringing your own and keeping it in your belt pouch. Do not cough, sneeze, smoke, or touch your nose, ears, or face over food being prepared.

Make sure all raw meats are thoroughly cooked (especially chicken and pork), and do not allow raw meat or kitchen equipment that has been used with raw meat (knives, chopping boards, etc) to come into contact with other food. Keep any raw meat as cool as possible while it is being stored, or better still, bring pre-cooked foods with you. Keep all prepared food covered until ready for use.

If you have any symptoms of diarrhoea or gastroenteritis, stay AWAY from all food preparation and notify the Chirurgeonate.

Pre-existing Conditions

If you have a medical condition that could affect you during Festival then please notify the Chirurgeonate on arrival and fill in a Confidential Medical Information form, and let someone within your encampment know of the form’s whereabouts should it be required. Please get all pre-existing medical conditions checked before coming to Festival.

Make sure you bring any necessary medication with you, and let people in your campsite know about any specific medical needs. (For example, asthma that might require you to be careful around smoke, or allergies.)

Mobility

For people with mobility related issues there will be a disabled portaloo provided free of charge located near the Tavern. Disabled Portaloos will also be available for hire should individual campsites require them. The Stewarding Team are trialling a Mundane Camping Area for people who may have mobility related issues and who wish to bring campervans onto site. Please contact the Bookings Officer for more information.

In Case of Emergency

Bring your Medicare card in case you need prescription medication or medical treatment beyond basic first aid. If you do need to go to hospital DO NOT TAKE KNIVES OR SWORDS with you, and take them off inebriated people who have to go, too. These items are dangerous, and hospital staff should not have to deal with people carrying them. Be aware that ambulance cover is not provided by the state, and many private health insurance policies are very limited in what they cover. Consider ambulance cover, as many states have reciprocal agreements with NSW.