More than 100 sailors from HMAS Cerberus recently undertook an injury prevention and health program designed for young people called Prevent Alcohol and Risk Related Trauma in Youth or P.A.R.T.Y for short.
The P.A.R.T.Y program aims to show participants the possible consequences that can and do happen to people who make risky choices.
The aim of the program is for participants to contribute to the work currently being done to reduce the impact rate of trauma amongst youth.
The P.A.R.T.Y program is run by the National Trauma Research Institute and Monash University and is usually an in-hospital program delivered at the Alfred Hospital.
While Cerberus personnel have attended the ‘in-hospital’ program, the most recent activity was conducted ‘onboard’ HMAS Cerberus and thus called ‘Onboard PARTY’.
By mimicking a working hospital environment the ‘Onboard’ program delivers an authentic experience. This allows insight into the many consequences that patients, families and health professionals are faced with as a result of risk-related trauma.
Commenting on the importance of reducing risks, the Commanding Officer of HMAS Cerberus, Captain Michael Oborn, said P.A.R.T.Y was an important initiative.
“We are very grateful to the team at the Alfred for undertaking this very important program.
“It’s very important the Navy offers a broad range of strategies to help our future leaders minimise harm,” Captain Oborn said.
Participants spent a full day meeting the people who care for trauma patients - paramedics, doctors, nurses, allied health professionals and volunteers.
Through audio-visual, PowerPoint presentations and real-life clinical scenarios, participants were exposed to the sometimes-confronting journey of a trauma patient.
They learnt about trauma injuries and had hands-on experience with some of the equipment used in trauma care and rehabilitation.
Participants also met a trauma injury survivor who spoke to them about the choices and events that led to their injury and what their lives are like now.
Participants were given an opportunity to ask the injury survivor questions and learn what life is really like after a significant life-changing injury.
Warrant Officer Chuck Connors, the Command Warrant Officer at HMAS Cerberus, said he hoped the program made a big impact on its participants.
“This is the first time we have run this program at Cerberus in many years.
“The feedback has been very positive and we’re keen to make this very important, behaviour change program available ten times a year,” he said.
P.A.R.T.Y is an initiative of the National Trauma Research Institute that was developed and licensed in Canada 30 years ago and has been running at The Alfred since 2009.