RPH's P.A.R.T.Y. Program recognised as outstanding

Photograph of Party Program staff winning award
November 30, 2017

RPH’s Prevent Alcohol and Risk-related Trauma in Youth (P.A.R.T.Y.) Program has received a highly commended award at the Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion Awards.

The program, which aims to promote injury prevention through reality education, was recognised in the category of ‘Organisations with Outstanding Achievement in Injury Prevention, Early Intervention, Treatment and/or Recovery’.

Clinical Nurse Kath Blackman and Clerical Officer Lilian Camilleri represented the P.A.R.T.Y. Program at an awards ceremony held on 23 November.

The focus of the P.A.R.T.Y. Program is to provide youth the experience of an imaginary trauma patient from the Emergency Department, Intensive Care Unit and trauma wards at RPH.

Participants are enabled to recognise risks, make informed choices, and learn about potential traumatic consequences.

By the end of 2017, more than 14 000 students in WA will have attended the P.A.R.T.Y. Program since it was established in 2006. The program engages and collaborates with injury prevention organisations and health professionals both within the hospital and externally.

Kath said the award shows that the program is recognised as making an impact, and represents the hard work involved in establishing and running the research based program.

“It is fantastic to see that other people are hearing and learning about us all the time too. We know the program works as we see the responses each week from the students around the State,” Kath said.

“The safety awards promote RPH and show what the hospital is doing to continually prevent injuries.”

The Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion Awards recognise the action and excellence of those working to prevent injury and promote safety in Western Australia. The awards are run by Injury Matters (formerly the Injury Control Council of Western Australia).