Information for students
Let's set the scene...
You are invited to the big end of term party
Last day of school, 7pm sharp
You are at a friend's house celebrating end of term. The parents of the boy having the party have gone out. All your mates are having a great time, laughing, dancing and enjoying the food. You notice that there is alcohol on offer and have even noticed some pills being taken by some of your classmates. Your best mate decides to jump in the car to get some more food. He has had a few beers but the shop is only a short distance away. He grabs you by the arm and says let's go.
Seven of you pile in the car so there is not enough seatbelts for everyone. The next morning the headlines read:
"Two Dead, Two Critically Injured, Driver Charged"
This crash will not only affect your life, but the lives of those who were injured, and the lives of all their families and friends.
You will also have to live with the fact that two of your friends were killed and two were permanently injured and you made the choice to get in the car. This was not an accident!
Is this what your parties are like?
P.A.R.T.Y. stands for Prevent Alcohol and Risk-Related Trauma. This may not seem like your definition of a party but we want to make the good times last by showing you how to make smart choices in your life.
When you attend a P.A.R.T.Y. program you will meet some people who unfortunately made some pretty bad choices or who had someone make a bad choice for them. They are now having to live with the consequences - and these are the ones who survived.
You will also meet people who help severely injured patients everyday including emergency service professionals, doctors, nurses and allied health professionals.
"It really gives people an insight to make the right choices - and the consequences for their actions" - Student
Injuries can happen to any one of us at any time...
Have you ever suffered an injury? Did it alter your independence? Were you able to do the same things you did before your injury?
How would you feel if you were injured and your parents, brothers, sisters or friends had to spoon feed you, take you to the toilet, change your nappy, dress you or move you from your bed to your chair?
With medical technology there is a lot we can fix and repair when someone has been injured but there are two parts of your body that cannot be fixed – your spine and your brain. Once you've damaged those two parts of your body we can't fix or repair them and that's why the best thing is to prevent them from happening in the first place.
Injuries have no boundaries - they don't care whether you are rich or poor, your race, gender, religion or age.
There is only one person responsible for making the choices for you that will increase your risk of injury: YOU! You will decide whether you get behind the wheel of a car when you are impaired, or whether you will wear your helmet the next time you ride your bike, or wear protective gear when playing sports. The consequences of your choices will either maintain your independence or lead you to injury.