On June 1st, a group of 29 students and 4 members of staff travelled to Melbourne to participate in the P.A.R.T.Y (Prevent Alcohol and Risk-Related Trauma in Youth) Program at the Royal Melbourne Hospital. Once there, the students listened to a presentation about safety on the roads. The group saw the possible consequences of drink driving, driving under the influence of drugs, texting whilst driving and passenger distractions and what it can do to a person’s life. Then, they split into three smaller groups for tours around different hospital departments, visiting the Emergency Department, the Trauma Wards and the Intensive Care Unit, learning more about what happens behind the scenes. The groups then joined back together to hear from a doctor from the Emergency Department and an Ambulance Victoria Paramedic, telling about their every day jobs.
After a fulfilling lunch, the group heard a personal story from a post-trauma patient, Brent Alford, informing the group about his ‘three warnings’ with alcohol. He explained how having a brain injury from his accident has effected his life and told of his long road to recovery.
Overall, it was a very interesting and informative experience, learning about the consequences of dangerous driving, physical violence, king hits and the results of making the wrong choices in life.
Thank you to everyone who came. (They showed great dedication by being at school before 6am in the morning!)
Huge thanks to Sue Ryan, Margi Ellison, Julie Holloway, Xavier Davis and Amy Quarrell for their help in organising the day.
By Zahra Weston and Tapanga Barnhart
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