Teenagers are at more risk of becoming a victim of trauma than any other age group.

P.A.R.T.Y Program

Unsafe driving, drinking and other risky behaviours increase the chance that teenagers or their friends will be killed or injured in a traumatic incident (car accident, fall, assault).

Our P.A.R.T.Y Program aims to help teenagers understand risks, choices and consequences.

P.A.R.T.Y stands for Prevent Alcohol and Risk Related Trauma in Youth. It began in Toronto in Canada in 1986 and is now run in over 100 sites around the world including Brazil, Japan, Germany and the USA.

The program started at The Royal Melbourne Hospital in 2011 and has had over 3000 students attend from all across Victoria.

Student learning to walk in a PARTY Program demonstration

The P.A.R.T.Y Program is designed for 16-25 year olds to experience the reality of traumatic injuries. It involves a full day at The Royal Melbourne Hospital from 8.50am until 3pm, seeing things and listening to presenters. Though this may not sound like your kind of party, we are not here to tell you that you can’t have a good time. We actually want your good times to last as long as possible by helping you to make smart choices and avoid getting injured.

Find out more about what happens on the P.A.R.T.Y Program day.

You can also check out our frequently asked questions.

Organisations can request a booking to participate in the P.A.R.T.Y Program.

What to expect

When you attend the P.A.R.T.Y Program, you'll spend the day at the hospital. You will get the opportunity to speak with real life patients about what it is like to be in hospital and how their choices have impacted on their lives. You will also follow the path of a trauma patient through the hospital looking at their management in acute environments such as the trauma ward, emergency department and intensive care units and then focus on the long term impact and disability injuries can cause.

You will also get a chance to speak with the staff who care for trauma patients while they are hospitalised. We encourage our participants to make smart choices and think twice about taking risks to prevent harm to themselves and others.

Watch our video to find out more about what to expect.

The production of this video was made possible due to the generous support of GROCON PCL.

Presenters

Through out the day at RMH there will be a wide variety of speakers from wide-ranging backgrounds including police and ambulance officers, nurses, doctors, allied health such as speech, orthotics, occupational and physical therapists. You may also have an opportunity to speak to the families of some injured patients, they will share with you the impact of a loved ones risk taking behaviours.

Volunteers

Your tour guides for the day are all volunteers who give up their time to give back to the community, they all have a passion for working with young people. The volunteers are to not only help you the participants get from one place to another but to help with anything else you might need on the day.

Injury survivors

Injury survivors play a very important role in the P.A.R.T.Y Program. These are trauma survivors who have sustained a variety of injuries and who come and present to the participants about their experiences and life post their accidents.

Matt and Brent are two of our injury survivors who hope by sharing their experience they can prevent other young people from making the same choice they did. Both Matt and Brent are involved in the Schools, Young Offenders and the Apprentice Program at RMH.

Read more about Matt's story in The Age.

Things to know

In an emergency

In case of an emergency dial 000, you may need the following information:

  • whats the location of the emergency?
  • whats the telephone number you are calling from?
  • what happened?
  • how many people are hurt?
  • how old are they?
  • are they awake?
  • are they breathing?

Depression, anxiety and suicide

Suicide is the leading cause of death in men and women under the age of 45 (followed by trauma).

Seven Australians take their life everyday. For every suicide, there are tragic ripple on effects for friends, families, colleagues and the community.

If you or someone you know is in crisis and you think immediate action is needed, call 000, or go to your local emergency department.

Find out more about depression, anxiety and suicide from Beyond Blue.

In a medical emergency, call 000. If you are feeling unwell, see your local GP or go to your local hospital Emergency department for help.