Every year in Australia, approximately 10,000 people die from injuries sustained during the course of their daily lives. More children and young adults die from traumatic injury than any other cause. Every month, 30,000 injured Australians are hospitalised, and every day 600,000 Australians (and their families) live with significant and ongoing health burdens.
Prevent Alcohol and Risk-Related Trauma in Youth (P.A.R.T.Y.) is a trauma prevention program run out of The Alfred's National Trauma Research Institute ( www.ntri.org.au). Aimed at young people aged 15-25 it seeks to give participants a snapshot of the possible traumatic and often preventable consequences of risk-related behaviour that can lead to traumatic injury. During the day long program P.A.R.T.Y. participants spend time with staff in the Emergency & Trauma Centre, the Intensive Care Unit, Trauma Wards, and Rehab units of the hospital getting an up-front, true-to-life experience of the impact of trauma on young lives.
With an average reach of over 1000 young people each year, the P.A.R.T.Y. Program at The Alfred offers participants engagement with doctors, nurses and therapists who speak about and demonstrate their experiences. Students encounter trauma patients and their families; they listen to short context talks, participate in hands-on rehabilitation activities, and tour the critical care areas of the hospital. Alfred staff deliver their health promotion message by building resilience in young people, highlighting sensible alternatives to those choices that potentially could end in disaster, and by teaching students methods of assessing complex social situations in order to make smart choices.