The P.A.R.T.Y. Program is run at Royal North Shore Hospital. The full day in-hospital excursion is for senior students and is offered to the school at no cost.
The day includes a variety of educational techniques including presentations, interactive clinical scenarios held in the emergency setting, intensive care units and rehabilitation areas. This is aimed towards helping students make informed decisions in their everyday life, to avoid taking risks that may not only impact on them but also on their friends and families.
The main message is directed towards choice, risk and consequence. The effects of poor decision making are further highlighted when students meet with current trauma patients and an injury survivor who is living with a long term disability to understand how their life has changed forever.
Important information for schools
The program is free of charge for schools to attend. The cost of the excursion for schools is limited to transport to and from the hospital and the resource cost for staff to attend with the students for a whole day.
Morning and afternoon tea will be provided, but students will be expected to bring their own lunch to the hospital. There is a cafeteria that students can access during their lunch break.
A minimum of two to three school staff are required to attend with the students. This can include student teachers, school nurses, class teachers, or other associated staff members. A senior teacher must attend as the teacher-in-charge for the excursion.
The program is conducted throughout the school year.
The maximum number of students is capped at 30.
A member of the P.A.R.T.Y. Program is available to meet with your school principal to explain the program further.
Approximately six weeks before the excursion a Schools Package will be sent out. This pack will include all the necessary parent, student and teacher information and consent forms required for the school to attend.
Once a school has decided they would like their students to attend the program, they should email the P.A.R.T.Y. Program coordinator. The P.A.R.T.Y. Program team will then send you an email to notify you of the status of your application (please be aware that due to limited program dates and small group sizes, not every request will be able to be accommodated, but we will do our best).