P.A.R.T.Y. program

The P.A.R.T.Y. Program Canberra is run out of Canberra Hospital and Health Services. Its aim is to give school students information about trauma that helps them recognise potential injury-producing situations, make prevention-oriented choices and adopt behaviours that minimise unnecessary risk

P.A.R.T.Y. is an acronym for Prevent Alcohol and Risk-related Trauma in Youth. The program was developed in Canada in 1986 to provide in-hospital injury awareness and prevention to young people.

The P.A.R.T.Y. Program Canberra is run out of Canberra Hospital and Health Services (CH&HS). Its aim is to give school students information about trauma that helps them recognise potential injury-producing situations, make prevention-oriented choices and adopt behaviours that minimise unnecessary risk.

Sessions are run in the hospital environment and engage students with emergency service professionals, doctors, nurses, therapists and people who have experienced trauma.

The program aligns with the Australian Curriculum’s Personal and Social Capability learning outcomes that encourage students to recognise and regulate emotions, develop empathy for others, make responsible decisions and handle challenging situations.

For more information, please contact the P.A.R.T.Y. Coordinator on 02 5124 2638 or email: p.a.r.t.y.canberra@act.gov.au

Program Testimonials

Below are some P.A.R.T.Y. Testimonials:

“From my experience at the P.A.R.T.Y. excursion and seeing the horrible things that can occur, I would never want to increase my likelihood of ending up in a similar situation”

Year 10 student

“After P.A.R.T.Y. Program I know the huge risk associated with these decisions and the toll it takes on everyone around”

Radford College Year 10 student

“The Emergency department simulation and ICU discussion provides opportunities to see what happens behind the scenes and the effects it has on life.”

Teacher

“Ellen's speech (the injury survivor) was authentic and engaging. The tour of the hospital was also 'eye-opening' for the students.”

Teacher

“I liked to do hands on work and to meet patients that experienced the trauma, it will definitely make me think twice”

Caroline Chisholm student

“.....going into each room and seeing how dreadful it is being in hospital for taking risks”

Amaroo student

“The P.A.R.T.Y. Program was a fantastic program, it not only gave me a reason to take my license more seriously, it also showed me affects it has on parents and friends”

Caroline Chisholm student

“I’m going to chat to my friends about what I’ve learnt”

St Clare’s student

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“.....the personal story...this really hit home to students the emotional side of things

Belconnen High teacher

“Always wear a seatbelt and don’t get into a car with your friends if they are drinking/ have been drinking”

Caroline Chisholm student

“It engaged everyone to participate and really got the message through that one risk can change everyone’s life forever”

St Clare’s student

“I found it all relevant and interesting. This has been very worthwhile for students and staff. Thank you for providing us with this opportunity”

Marist College teacher

“I liked now knowing the effects of your actions on your family and friends”

Marist College student

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Page last updated on: 10 Dec 2018