PARTY Program wins again

August 3, 2014

The Royal Perth Hospital (RPH) Prevent Alcohol and Risk-related Trauma in Youth (PARTY) Program wins again taking home the WA Government Department Award at the 2014 Constable Care Child Safety Awards.

Following recent success at the WA Injury Prevention and Safety Excellence Awards in April, the PARTY Program continues to be a leader in trauma prevention and education in Western Australia.

RPH PARTY Program Coordinator Ms Michaela Copeland says that since launching in 2006, more than 8,000 teenagers have participated in the evidence-based program which provides first-hand exposure to the consequences of trauma.

“Participants are exposed to the consequences of trauma as they meet patients that have been through real-life experiences in our Emergency Department, Intensive Care Unit and trauma wards,” Ms Copeland said.

The PARTY program partners with St John Ambulance, Headwest WA, Paraplegic Benefit Fund, WA Police Juvenile Justice Team and Family Impact speaker Merle Taylor.

“Our partnerships are essential to our success as it allows us to deliver content from those who have seen the impacts of trauma first-hand and that makes our audience think twice.

“We would also like to congratulate St John Ambulance Paramedic and PARTY presenter Patrick O’Dal for being named a finalist in the Emergency Services Child Safety Award category for his work with the PARTY Program.”

With over 38 per cent of road trauma occurring in regional Western Australia, the success of the program has led to the launch of regional pilot PARTY programs in Bunbury, Denmark, Geraldton and Manjimup.

Winners were announced at a gala dinner on Saturday 2 August 2014.