This week the Year 10s will hear presentations from Year 11 students applying for leadership positions in 2019 and they will be part of the electronic voting process on Friday 7 September. The students who attended the Royal Melbourne Hospital program called P.A.R.T.Y (Prevent Alcohol and Risk-related Trauma in Youth) will be presenting at a level assembly next week. The day had an enormous impact on the Medical Science class and the feedback to the entire cohort is an important part of the educative process.
The students heard from a Doctor, Nurse, Speech Pathologist, Occupational Therapist and Physiotherapist during the day and toured the emergency department, intensive care unit including observing people on life support that were all most confronting for our students but also had a great impact on them. They met the faces behind the statistics and the news reports. The students also learnt about the type of trauma treated at the hospital including falls from balconies, drug and alcohol related driving or pedestrian accidents, the dangers of “one hit punches” and were shown the dramatic consequences on texting while driving.
The reality of a poor choice that may only last mere seconds was emphasised in terms of possible criminal charges or years in rehabilitation that not only affects the individual but the impact on families and friends that may be required to provide a lifetime of care. The importance of knowing basic first aid and calling for an ambulance early were also emphasised and the group were encouraged to download the Emergency Plus App to provide emergency services with a latitude and longitude reading from their mobile phone.
Some key messages from the day included:
- “Assess the risks, make good choices and know the consequences”
- “Only good choices are free but bad ones generally come with a cost”
- “Live Once – Think Twice”