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Week 9, Term Two, 2017

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A group of Year 10 students are provided an insight in the effects of alcohol and risk-related trauma.

On Wednesday 7 June, thirty Year 10 students piled into our mini bus convoy and made our way to the Gold Coast University Hospital. We knew the name of the program (P.A.R.T.Y.) and what its acronyms stood for, but we had no idea what to expect.

The P.A.R.T.Y. (Preventing Alcohol and Risk-Related Trauma in Youth) Program aimed to open our eyes to the dangers of risky teenage behaviour and the impact it has on those around us and our futures.

The things we see on the news every night were suddenly right before us and being related to our own decisions. We witnessed first-hand the devastating effects that binge-drinking, reckless driving and general negligent behaviours have on young Australians every day. Meeting current patients (one of whom had only recently woken up from their coma), ongoing patients, their parents and their carers had the biggest impact on the group. The mother’s tale of the loss of her daughter was a tragic reality that no-one should ever have to experience.

The program really emphasised the need to realise the responsibility we all have to know our limits, look after ourselves and look after each other. Through immersive activities such as the use of Drunk Goggles, touring the Intensive Care Unit and an interactive Emergency Room simulation, we found ourselves confronted by the reality of trauma.

The insights provided in each of the activities throughout the day were suddenly very real and affecting. We had first-hand experience of what it is to live with the physical consequences of bad decision-making, and bared witness to the ongoing effects our decisions can have on others.

Thank you to Mr Walker, Miss Green and Miss de Waal who took us on this amazing experience. The messages were far reaching and The P.A.R.T.Y experience is one we were very unlikely to forget.

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