Established in Canada in 1986, the PARTY program operates at more than 100 sites around the world, including twelve in Australia. It is a one-day trauma awareness and health promotion program aimed at young people aged 15-19 years, with key messages related to risk, choice and consequence delivered by senior health professionals.
Key Objectives & Outcomes
The PARTY Program has been operating at The Alfred since 2009 and is delivered in two main formats (in-hospital and outreach/offsite). Secondary school students hear presentations from senior nursing, medical and paramedical staff and have the opportunity to experience different hospital ward environments. The students also participate in occupational therapy and rehabilitation activities and hear directly from a survivor of major traumatic injury. Traumatic injuries are often the result of risk-taking behaviour and the key objective of the program is to help young people make better decisions to prevent the incidence of serious injury. The program forms an important part of the National Trauma Research Institute’s community engagement and education strategy.