The Prevent Alcohol and Risk-related Trauma in Youth (PARTY) Program is an injury prevention initiative run at Royal Perth Hospital (RPH).
Once a week during the school year, a group of young adults aged 14 to 18 visit RPH to learn about trauma, i.e. injury. The PARTY Program provides useful, relevant information to young people to help them recognise potential injury-causing situations and make informed prevention-oriented choices about activities. It is also designed to help them adopt behaviours and actions that minimise risk.
In order to completely involve the students in the experience of injury and recovery, the group is taken through the common course of injury and treatment of someone involved in a trauma, often due to risk-taking behaviours.
Through a variety of teaching techniques (including interactive lectures, videos and tours of the Intensive Care Unit, the Emergency Department and Trauma Wards, as well as a visit from an injury survivor) students see first-hand what it would be like to be injured.