Some common questions parents may have about the program are:

+ How are students selected to attend the Program?

Once a school has been notified of their success in the ballot, they are then responsible for the selection of an appropriate group of students to send to attend P.A.R.T.Y. The school is given written information and support as they decide who is or isn’t appropriate to attend. Students are encouraged to attend if they are in year 10 and over, in good health and have not experienced recent trauma.

+ What happens if my child is physically or emotionally overwhelmed by the Program content?

All care has been taken to ensure that the Program is physically and emotionally appropriate for students of the age attending. However, procedures are in place to care for any student who becomes overwhelmed during the day. We have found that students who eat breakfast to be better prepared to deal with the program content, so we suggest that you encourage your child to eat before they attend.

+ What should my child wear on the day of the excursion?

Schools generally give instruction about what students should wear but a school uniform or sports uniform is encouraged (unless the school does not have a uniform) as it is helpful for patients’ families and hospital staff to be able to identify students as part of a school group. The temperature in the hospital can also vary. Please assist your young person to bear that in mind.

+ How will my child get to and from the hospital?

Schools arrange their own transportation to and from the hospital - usually by bus.

+ Who will supervise my child during the day?

At least one adult (teacher, school nurse, school staff member) per 10 students will be attending the excursion with the students to provide supervision and support during the day. When the class is split into smaller groups, one adult from the school will stay with each group at all times.

At the hospital, the P.A.R.T.Y. Program Co-ordinator, clinical presenters, allied health staff and specially trained volunteers, all play a role in ensuring student needs are met.

+ Is there anything my child should bring on the day?

Yes - your child will need to either bring their cold lunch (no facility for re-heating available) or money to buy it at the hospital cafeteria. Morning tea is provided.

+ Why am I asked to sign permission for research?

Participants who attend the P.A.R.T.Y. Program are invited to participate in the evaluation/research component of the Program. The aim is to ascertain whether the Program has had an impact on students.

Participants must speak to their parents/guardians about their participation in the Program and taking part in the evaluation. If both participant and parents/guardians agree then they can participate.

The P.A.R.T.Y. Program has ethics approval from The Alfred Human Research Ethics Committee, the Department of Education and Early Childhood, and the Catholic Education Research Office.

Any further questions can be directed to the organising teacher from your school.