On Thursday 8 June, 28 students from Year 10 and 11 combined took part in the P.A.R.T.Y program at the Royal Adelaide Hospital. P.A.R.T.Y. stands for “Prevent Alcohol and Risk related Trauma in Youth”. The core focus of the program is to draw awareness to the risks that adolescents may take and provides a unique insight into the long lasting effects of risk taking.
During the day, we listened to presentations from nurses, a doctor, and a paramedic, then we had the opportunity to visit other areas of the Royal Adelaide Hospital, following a historical, real life scenario relating to a road trauma caused by drink driving. We got involved, using equipment and performing CPR on a mannequin. It was an eye opening situation when we realised that this is what doctors and nurses deal with every day, because of the risk taking behaviour that many teenagers take. At the end of the day, we also met some trauma victims who generously shared their experiences.
Overall, the P.A.R.T.Y program was an experience I won’t ever forget! It opened my mind to the risk taking behaviours that can potentially lead to the loss of life and physical and/or mental disabilities, as well as the life changing impacts on your family and friends. I learnt many valuable lessons from the program, and I speak on behalf of everyone who participated in the P.A.R.T.Y program that we were all able to take something out of the unique experience. I am so thankful that Endeavour continues to take part in this each year, and the P.A.R.T.Y program continues to run.
Year 10 Student