Visit to the Alfred an Eye Opener

On Thursday, twenty-seven Year 10-12 students along with Mr. Woods, Mr. Jeffrey, Mel Mitchell and Narice Jonston made their way down to the Alfred Hospital in Prahran to participate in the P.A.R.T.Y. program. The program aims to prevent alcohol and risk-related trauma in young people and was a very worthwhile experience for both students and staff alike.                                                                                                           The students had the opportunity to hear from a wide range of health professionals and their roles in responding to and caring for young people who have been admitted to hospital due to trauma injuries. This included presentations from a paramedic, surgeon and accident and emergency nurse as well as a young lady who is now a quadriplegic as a result of a drink-driving car accident. The presentations were particularly relevant to our students as they covered risks that many of our students would be familiar with such as motorbike accidents, concussions in football, burns from bonfires and risky driving.                         On top of this, students spent the majority of the day in three groups touring the different areas of the hospital including the accident and emergency department, trauma ward, intensive care unit, burns ward and physiotherapy and occupational therapy departments. To be on the ground and witnessing first-hand the sights, sounds and smells of the hospital was very intense – it really hit home just how traumatic accidents can be for not only the young person involved but their family, friends and the professionals caring for them. Furthermore, students were able to speak with the father of a young man currently in ICU as well as another man who had required plastic surgery as a result of a work-related accident.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Students provided some great feedback which meaning the school will definitely look at taking another group next year if possible.                                                                                                                                                                              ‘It made me realise how serious consequences can be’ (female, age 17)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 ‘Opens your eyes to everyday choices and risks’ (female, age 17)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               ‘Injuries can be life changing’ (male, age 16)

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