Students taught to ‘live once, think twice’ in hospital program at Far West LHD

Broken Hill and Willyama High School students have been invited to attend Broken Hill Hospital to learn about the realities of risky behaviour’s through an injury prevention program called P.A.R.T.Y.

P.A.R.T.Y. (Prevent Alcohol and Risk-Related Trauma in Youth) Program is an internationally recognised program that brings teenagers into the hospital setting to show them the graphic effects of risk-related behaviour. Students will be taken to the hospital departments involved in the management of trauma patients including the Emergency and Intensive Care departments, Morgue and Allied Health gyms.

The Royal North Shore Hospital Trauma Service is bringing the program to Broken Hill for the first time and will be collaborating with local Emergency Services and staff at Broken Hill hospital to deliver this intense one day program today and tomorrow (27-28 February).

Throughout the day students meet with health staff who all too often deal with the impact of trauma on young lives along with injury survivors living with a permanent disability as a result of risk related behaviour. They are educated on what can happen to them if they engage in risky behaviour such as drinking, using drugs and reckless driving etc.

P.A.R.T.Y. Coordinator Maura Desmond said: “Our goal is to reduce the over representation of young adults in injury and trauma statistics. We hope that by seeing the effects of trauma in the hospital environment they will make more positive choices in their own futures and are better equipped to look after their mates”.

Far West LHD Registered Nurse Robin Franklin said the Far West LHD is very pleased to be involved with the P.A.R.T.Y program.

“We welcome the opportunity to assist local young people to become better informed about risky behaviours, potential consequences and prevention choices to minimise risk,” she said.

The P.A.R.T.Y Program has been conducted by the RNSH Hospital Trauma Service for the past four years and has collaborated with over 19 Regional/Remote hospitals through NSW to deliver this program targeting over 4,300 youth from schools/alternative education programs. The RNSH P.A.R.T.Y. Program has just secured funding to roll P.A.R.T.Y. out in ten Regional hospitals throughout NSW including Broken Hill which will run eight programs per year allowing students throughout the region the opportunity to attend.  The P.A.R.T.Y. Program is sponsored by AAMI Skilled Drivers.


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