As young people go through adolescence and become more independent, their opportunities to participate in risky behaviour increases. New independence and life skills along with experimentation with illicit substances and alcohol can make young people more prone to certain injuries such as falls, transport accidents, accidental poisoning, and assault.
Injury is the leading cause of mortality in young Australians accounting for 73% of all deaths in those aged 15-24 years. As a result, survivors can experience significant long term health impacts, altering the path of their employment, education, and recreational opportunities.
The Prevent Alcohol and Risk-Related Trauma in Youth (P.A.R.T.Y.) Program is a dynamic and interactive injury awareness and health promotion program that shows real-life clinical examples of the consequences of engaging in risk-taking behaviour.
The program has been delivered successfully at The Alfred for schools since 2009, however since the COVID-19 pandemic began there has been a need to adapt the program online.
Monash University’s and Alfred Health's partnership with nib foundation will support the development of online video content, including reproduction consultation, development of storyboards and scripts, access to a studio, professional audio and video equipment, editing and composition and addition of effects to help deliver the online program.
By offering the P.A.R.T.Y Program online, we will increase access to its program and ultimately improve awareness and knowledge of injury and risk-taking behaviour. In motivating young people to have self-agency when it comes to risky decision-making, the program can help to reduce injury and its associated consequences supporting the healthy future of young people.