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Home Hill students experience their first PARTY

23 August 2018

Students from Home Hill State High School took part in an internationally acclaimed trauma prevention program delivered by the Townsville Hospital and Health Service (HHS) this week.

The Prevent Alcohol and Risk-related Trauma in Youth (PARTY) program aims to show young adults the consequences of poor choices in the hope that what they see and learn on the day will result in them never having to live it.

On Thursday 23 August, year 12 students from Home Hill State High School travelled to The Townsville Hospital to participate in the PARTY program.

Students saw the clinical impacts of one-punch attacks, visited the intensive care unit, conducted a practical resuscitation scenario in the emergency department and spoke with doctors and patients.

Townsville HHS trauma clinical nurse consultant and PARTY coordinator Joe Sharpe said the messages in the program were particularly timely for students entering their final years of high school.

Mr Sharpe said the day was designed to be confronting to students.

“These students can feel bulletproof at their age and this program shows them very clearly that they are not,” Mr Sharpe said.

“Students get a whole heap of information about the dangers of substance abuse, violence, drink driving from schools, parents and the media but what we do through this program is to anchor those messages in reality.

“The day is supposed to be exhausting, it is supposed to be emotionally draining and it is supposed to be confronting.”

In 2018, the Townsville HHS will run 10 of these courses. The 2019 dates will be released in the near future.

The PARTY program originated in Canada and has grown to include over 100 sites worldwide.

Last updated: 10 September 2018