Be polite, wear clean undies, and look both ways before crossing the road.
If that sounds familiar, someone in your life probably gave you some good advice.
But not everyone is lucky enough to hear words of wisdom when they’re needed. So where can you go to get help?
The Alfred hospital in Melbourne is stepping up with the offer of good advice for secondary school students navigating the party scene.
The hospital has developed a program where students can spend time with staff in its Emergency/Trauma Centre, the Intensive Care Unit, Trauma Wards, and Rehab units.
Dubbed the P.A.R.T.Y. Program - Prevent Alcohol & Risk-Related Trauma in Youth – and run by the Alfred’s National Trauma Research Institute (NTRI), it’s a true-to-life experience that demonstrates how trauma impacts lives.
P.A.R.T.Y. Program Manager Jennifer Thompson said the number of young people represented in trauma statistics was very concerning. “However we are confident with further education we can lower that number,” she said.
The program is offered free-of-charge to all participating schools, and through a partnership with the Coca-Cola Australia Foundation the NTRI was able to extend its reach to some of the more remote areas of Victoria by offering financial assistance with the costs of travel.
“Youth in these areas face a number of challenges that city based children tend not to, including higher unemployment and limited access to public facilities, services and utilities,” said Coca-Cola Australia Foundation Chair Julie White. “This initiative aligns perfectly with the CCAF’s goal of inspiring lasting change.”
Spending time on different hospital wards and seeing the results of injuries up close is having a huge impact on program participants.
More than 90 per cent of P.A.R.T.Y. students surveyed after the course said they would recommend the program to their mates, and 72 per cent said it would definitely have an impact on the risks they took in the future.
For more information about the Prevent Alcohol & Risk-Related Trauma in Youth (P.A.R.T.Y.) Program at The Alfred or Royal Melbourne Hospital, go to http://www.partymelbourne.net.au/
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