Prevent Alcohol and Risk-related Trauma in Youth (P.A.R.T.Y.) program is a trauma prevention and health promotion initiative that seeks to build resilience in young people through the lived experience of a major trauma service.
With presentations by the clinical staff that care for trauma patients, tours through critical care areas of the hospital, encounters with trauma patients and hands on rehabilitation activities, program participants spend a day gaining insight into the consequences of traumatic injury.
P.A.R.T.Y. is an initiative of the National Trauma Research Institute that was developed and licenced in Canada 30 years ago and has been running at The Alfred since 2009.
Initially run only as a single day in-hospital model to senior school students (year 10 and over), it was realised that there were other ways in which the program could reach more young people through some contextualisation and adaptation. Programs have been delivered to participants (aged 18-25) from the Victorian Court System and trainees from the Royal Australian Navy. P.A.R.T.Y. has also been delivered multiple times via an offsite duplicate day model to year 11 secondary students in regional performing arts centres.