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.
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P.A.R.T.Y. Program Presenters
Presenters for the Program come from a broad range of clinical specialties including the emergency services, doctors, nurses, allied health professionals and researchers. All of our presenters give their time in the hope of reducing the death and disability associated with trauma in youth. Depending on availability, the Program also features specially consented patients and their families in the acute phases of treatment for trauma injuries in the Intensive Care and Trauma Units of the hospital. These patients and/or their families speak to the students of the choices they or others made and the life changing consequences resulting from these choices. They answer questions students may have and form a very powerful part of the Program. The Program is also honoured to have presenters from Independence Australia - trauma survivors who have sustained a spinal cord injury who come and present to the students about their experience of life post trauma.
P.A.R.T.Y. Program volunteers
P.A.R.T.Y. Program volunteers come from a variety of backgrounds but have two main things in common - they all wish to contribute to their community by volunteering their time, and they all enjoy working with young people and wish to make a difference in their lives. They have been specially selected and trained to assist the P.A.R.T.Y. Program team by The Alfred's volunteer manager. Their role is to escort the students who participate in the Program around the hospital and to assist to supervise, support and encourage them in their experience of trauma. The P.A.R.T.Y. team greatly appreciate their volunteer service and commitment to the Program and the young people who attend it.
The Alfred P.A.R.T.Y. Volunteers were winners of the 2011 Victorian Minister for Health Volunteer Award for 'Outstanding Team Achievement'.