P.A.R.T.Y. at Mount Gambier hospital

Mount Gambier teenagers will be exposed to the devastating consequences of risky behaviour in an effort to prevent them from ending up in the Emergency Department.

Mount Gambier Hospital ED’s Nurse Unit Manager, Sally Neumann, said the in-hospital trauma prevention program – Prevent Alcohol and Risk-Related Trauma in Youth (P.A.R.T.Y.) – is intended to show senior high school students first-hand what can happen if they make bad decisions.

“Students who participate in the full day interactive program will hear from Jack, a trauma survivor whose life was irrevocably changed following a road accident,” Ms Neumann said.

“They will also hear from our trauma doctors and nurses, the SA Ambulance Service, SA police and representatives from the State Emergency Service and Country Fire Service.

“Students will also be given the opportunity to see parts of the hospital previously only seen by staff, patients and their families, including the resuscitation and rehabilitation areas.

“We hope that by giving students this access and allowing them to speak with the experts who come face-to-face with trauma patients on a daily basis, they will think twice in the future before making careless decisions that could cost them their lives.”

Mount Gambier Hospital is one of seven hospitals across SA that runs the P.A.R.T.Y. program, and was the first regional hospital to offer the program.

P.A.R.T.Y. program State coordinator, Lauren Rogers, congratulated the hospital for running the program for the third year in a row.

“The P.A.R.T.Y. program encourages and reminds young people to be safe and make sensible choices, hopefully avoiding the life-shattering impacts that preventable injuries and death can have on them, their families and the wider community,” Ms Rogers said.

“The message we want to get across to Mount Gambier students is that one bad choice could change a person’s life forever.

“I hope the P.A.R.T.Y. program will transform students’ thinking when it comes to risk-taking behaviour; better protecting them, their friends and their loved ones.”

Year 11 students from St Martins Lutheran College will take part in the P.A.R.T.Y. Program at Mount Gambier Hospital on May 14 and May 15.

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