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The Potential Trade Off For One Silly Decision

Logan Hospital is the major health centre for one the largest growing regions in the Queensland.  Their emergency department is one of the busiest in the state, seeing more than 75,000 presentations each year.

PBF Australia is involved in the P.A.R.T.Y. (Prevent Alcohol & Risk-Related Trauma in Youth) program at Logan Hospital. A confronting reality check on risk taking behaviour. This interactive hospital based injury awareness and prevention program enables students to recognise potential injury-producing situations, make prevention orientated choices, and adopt behaviours that minimised unnecessary risk.

Logan co-ordinator Tim Daelman said, by exposing young people to the possible consequences of risk related behaviour it was hoped they would make positive choices in their future.

Students spend a full day at the hospital exploring the wards, hearing from specialist trauma surgeons, and getting a hands-on experience of life as a trauma patient.  Rotating through the Emergency Department, Intensive Care Unit and Surgical Orthopaedic Ward before being guided through the rehabilitation phase of care.

This is where PBF presenter Joanna Fowler comes in.  Joanna is a C3 complete quadriplegic, in a chin controlled power wheelchair with the need for a full time carer.  She was intoxicated when she incurred her spinal cord injury, and as a mother Joanna is a powerful reality check of how a poor decision effects not only yourself but your entire family.  A charming and passionate presenter, Joanna truly cares about educating Australian youth on the importance of making good informed choices.

Tim Daelman advised that Logan Hospital is looking forward to continuing the program throughout 2017, welcoming students from another five schools in and around Logan this year.

If you would like to find out more about the P.A.R.T.Y. programs you can do so here www.health.qld.gov.au/party

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PBF's Joanna Fowler with students from Kimberley College at Logan Hospital
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