As most teenagers approach 18 they are looking forward to freedom. The freedom to drive where they like and the freedom to party when they like. What they don’t think about is what happens should things go wrong.
It all comes down to making safer choices.
Receiving a real-life insight into the consequences of alcohol and risk related trauma is what students receive when attending the P.A.R.T.Y. program at the new Sunshine Coast University Hospital (SCUH).
Students experience what it is like to be a trauma patient for a day. Meeting the people that care for the patients (police officers, paramedics, doctors, nurses) as well as people who have actually experienced a trauma and survived. This is where PBF’s presenter Meg Loneragan shares her story.
Meg had just finished year 12 when the decision to attend a mate’s father’s funeral changed her life forever. Having just received her licence Meg had all the confidence in the world, unfortunately a long country dirt road was her downfall. Losing control of her vehicle in the loose gravel, Meg careered through a paddock fence rolling the car 6 to 7 times.
Youths aged 25 and under are over represented in injury and trauma statistics, both in terms of death and long term disability. Road trauma is still one of the most prevalent causes of mortality and catastrophic injury in young people.
Holding the program actually within a hospital leaves a lasting impression with the students. SCUH saw its first patient on 21 March 2017 and was officially opened on 19 April 2017. This new public hospital will revolutionise healthcare on the Sunshine Coast in Qld. Serving a population of about 390,000 people (forecast to increase to 480,000 by 2021) the hospital provides a much needed range of free public healthcare services supported by highly trained and specialised staff.
If your teenager is presented with the opportunity to attend a P.A.R.T.Y. program through their school at the SCUH or any other of the hospital sites across Australia, it is an opportunity not to be missed. It could save their life.
To find out more information about P.A.R.T.Y. programs visit www.health.qld.gov.au/party