Young people are particularly vulnerable to risk taking behaviours.
International studies have shown that exposing these students to the
consequences of risky behaviour resulted in a decline in risk related
In 2012, 15 per cent of youths between the ages of 15 to 25 years
presented to NSW hospitals with severe trauma injuries.
In the past five years across Australia, there were 1,638
pre-hospital deaths associated with on road traumas in this same age
The P.A.R.T.Y. Program is a one day program which allows students
to see first-hand the consequences of risk- taking behaviours in
everyday life. Throughout the day students will:
- Hear from doctors, nurses, allied health staff and paramedics
on the harsh reality of poor choices
- Spend time in interactive sessions in the emergency room,
intensive care and rehabilitation units to understand how it feels
to have a severe injury or disability.
- Hear the story of a trauma patient recovering from their
injuries on the trauma ward
- Meet with an injury survivor who shares their story on how
their life has changed and what it is like to have a severe life
Royal North Shore Hospital is the first hospital to implement the
program in New South Wales. The P.A.R.T.Y. Program was first
established in Sunnybrook Hospital, Toronto, Canada in 1986 and has
been successfully implemented by staff at more than 100 sites around
the world. In Australia these hospitals are: The Royal Perth Hospital
(WA), Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital (QLD), The Alfred (VIC) and
The Royal Melbourne Hospital (VIC).