PBF and P.A.R.T.Y.
The Prevent Alcohol and Risk Related Trauma in Youth (P.A.R.T.Y.) Program is an in-hospital injury and trauma prevention program initiated in January 1986 by an emergency nurse in Canada.
The program is aimed at school students between the ages of 15-25 years, with the goal of reducing the over representation of young adults in injury and trauma statistics. Young people are particularly vulnerable to risk taking behaviours. International studies have shown that exposing these students to the consequences of risky behaviour resulted in a decline in risk related injuries.
This unique program includes presentations by the ambulance service, a trauma nurse, specialists, and an injury survivor. It includes a walk through the Emergency Department, Intensive Care Unit and Orthopaedic Ward. This educational approach to injury and trauma is so necessary.
The P.A.R.T.Y. Program is a one day program which allows students to see first-hand the consequences of risk- taking behaviours in their everyday life. Since the first program was held 25 years ago, P.A.R.T.Y. has been delivered to over 1 million young people in Canada, Australia, Brazil, Japan, Germany and the USA.
PBF Australia plays a vital role within these programs held throughout Australia. This particular presentation was conducted by Symon Still, PBF’s Injury Prevention Manager in WA. Symon shared his story with the students from Dalyellup College in Bunbury. He told the students about his time in the trauma ward, then continued on to share how his own life has changed and what it is like to live with a severe life changing disability.