Faculty of Health

Community recognition for School of Health Sciences P.A.R.T.Y program

University of Tasmania School of Health Sciences lecturers Melanie Greenwood and Gillian Course have been nominated as finalists in the 2016 Tasmanian Community Achievement Awards, for the Prevent Alcohol and Risk Related Trauma in Youth program (P.A.R.T.Y.).

The popular program addresses social and safety issues around drug and alcohol use, violence and aggression in a reality based setting such as the hospital emergency room, hospital wards and intensive care.

A joint venture delivered in partnership with staff from the Royal Hobart Hospital, ParaQuad Tasmania, Ambulance Service Tasmania and community volunteers, the program is aimed at school students (Years 10, 11 and 12) and provides a unique opportunity for Tasmanian youths to witness the reality of the consequence of risk taking behaviour.

Ms Greenwood said the program, which also supported rural youths from the East Coast to attend, had been given strong support from Tasmanian schools.

“The program, now in its second year of delivery continues to be overwhelmingly popular, with around 300 students attending the program so far this year, and we are fully subscribed until the end of the year,” Ms Greenwood said.

The finals of the awards will be held in Hobart on 5 November.