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The P.A.R.T.Y. Program involves a full day excursion commencing at 09:00am and concluding at 03:05pm. The program is offered at the following hospital sites across Queensland:

  • Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital
  • Gold Coast University Hospital
  • Sunshine Coast University Hospital
  • Rockhampton Hospital
  • Toowoomba Hospital
  • Princess Alexandra Hospital
  • Logan Hospital
  • Gympie Hospital
  • Townsville Hospital
  • Cairns Hospital
  • Mackay Hospital

The program is designed to engage young people by introducing them to emergency service professionals, doctors, nurses, allied health professionals and people who have experienced trauma and survived - often with significant disabilities.

Holding the program within a hospital environment enhances the experience by the participants, and leaves a significant and lasting impression of the consequences of risk taking behaviour.  The program aims to benefit teenagers aged between 15 and 19 years.

Through DVD, PowerPoint presentations, interviews with patients and families, and simulated clinical scenarios, participants are exposed to the painful journey of a trauma patient.  They learn about trauma injuries and have hands on experience with some of the equipment used in trauma care and rehabilitation.

At the end of the day, participants meet a trauma injury survivor.  They talk about the choices and events that lead to their injury.  They also speak about what their lives are like now.  Students are given an opportunity to ask the injury survivor questions and learn what life is really like after an injury.

Making a booking - important information

  • Currently there is no charge to attend the Program. The school is responsible for the cost of transport to and from the hospital and the resource cost for staff to attend with the students for a whole day.
  • The maximum number of students is capped at 35 due to the nature of the areas of the hospital the program visits and also to ensure all students can participate in the hands on activities. Given the limited places available across the school year and the resource requirements to conduct a program a minimum number of 25 students is required for a program to be run.
  • A minimum of four school staff are required to attend with the students. The numbers can include class teachers, student teachers, school nurses, other associated staff members and parents. A senior teacher must attend as the teacher-in-charge for the excursion. The minimum number of staff is required no matter how many students are attending to ensure an adequate and safe level of student supervision.
  • In July/August of every year, the State-wide P.A.R.T.Y. Program office will distribute Expression of Interest forms to schools across the state, inviting them to select date and site preferences for their school to attend a P.A.R.T.Y. Program the following year. The State-wide P.A.R.T.Y. team will do their best to accommodate all interested schools, however due to a specific number of programs being run each year, the application process will be run on a first in first served basis. If you currently do not receive our Expression of Interest notification please contact the State-wide P.A.R.T.Y. Office for more information and to register your interest.
  • Once your program date has been assigned to your school, you will receive a confirmation letter to sign and confirm your booking. A school pack will be sent out 8 weeks prior to your attendance at the P.A.R.T.Y. Program. This pack will include all the necessary parent, student and teacher information and consent forms required for a school to attend. Enough time will be given for schools to send home this material to parents and students to consider and complete
Last updated: 12 December 2017

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