P.A.R.T.Y. Program Canberra

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Trauma is responsible for 40% of deaths in the 15-25 year old age group – but many more youth are disabled from the effects of injuries sustained through involvement in a major trauma situation. Trauma data collected across Australia shows that traumas involving this age group are still on the increase and many are preventable, often sustained through the toxic combination of alcohol and/or drugs and risk-related behaviour.

Programs aimed at effecting behaviour change and assisting teens in identifying risks, and making better and safer choices are a primary strategy in preventing trauma in this age group.

About the P.A.R.T.Y. Program

P.A.R.T.Y. is run out of Canberra Hospital and Health Services

P.A.R.T.Y. is an acronym for Prevent Alcohol and Risk-related Trauma in Youth, and is an in-hospital injury awareness and prevention program originally established in Ontario, Canada in 1986. P.A.R.T.Y. is aimed at providing teenagers with information about trauma that will enable them to recognise potential injury-producing situations, make prevention-oriented choices, and adopt behaviours that minimise unnecessary risk.

The program is designed to engage young people by meeting emergency service professionals, doctors and nurses, therapists, and people who have experienced trauma and survived - often with significant disabilities. Holding the program within a hospital environment enhances the experience by the participants, and leaves a significant and lasting impression of the consequences of trauma and risk taking behaviours. 

The P.A.R.T.Y. Program fits within the Personal and Social Capability learning continuum of the Australian Curriculum, in that it encourages students to recognise and regulate emotions, develop empathy for others, make responsible decisions and handle challenging situations.

Objectives

The objectives of the P.A.R.T.Y. Program are to:

  • Deliver high quality evidence based prevention education to teenagers across a broad social and demographic spectrum
  • Influence a change in risk taking behaviour in teenagers through the introduction of education around making informed choices

Enquiries:

Nardine Johnson – P.A.R.T.Y Coordinator

Phone: (02) 62442638

Email: P.A.R.T.Y.Canberra@act.gov.au