The P.A.R.T.Y. (Prevent Alcohol and Risk Related Trauma in Youth) Program is a dynamic, interactive injury prevention program for teenagers. P.A.R.T.Y. was developed in 1986 at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto, Ontario, through a request from a group of youth. As of June 2012, there are over 100 sites around the world, seventy-two if which are operating in Canada, with the remainder of the sites in the United States, Australia, Brazil, Japan and Germany.
About the Island Health P.A.R.T.Y. Program
The P.A.R.T.Y. Program is offered to grade 10 students at 10 sites across the Island Health region, who tour the hospital to learn about real life physical trauma from those who witness it first-hand.
The students meet volunteers from various health care and related professions (such as BCAS and RCMP) and crash survivors as they experience the pathway of a seriously injured patient, from the crash site through to rehabilitation.
This reality education provides information to young people that will enable the participants to recognize potential injury producing situations, to make informed choices and to adopt behaviours that minimize injury risk. The purpose of the program is to educate teens about what is safe, taking personal responsibility, and making smart choices.
Students learn that crashes are not accidents and that traumatic injury can be prevented. They learn the consequences of not wearing a seat belt, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol, speeding, and distracted driving—consequences such as permanent brain or spinal cord injury, burns, paralysis and death.
Participating P.A.R.T.Y. Program locations (2017-2018)
Island-wide P.A.R.T.Y. schedule
Victoria General Hospital*
Nanaimo Regional General Hospital
Cowichan District Hospital*
St. Joseph's General Hospital
Campbell River Hospital
West Coast General Hospital
Lady Minto Hospital*
Port McNeill Hospital
Port Hardy Hospital
Tofino General Hospital
Gold River Health Centre
*South Island sites. All others are Central/North Island
Help Support P.A.R.T.Y.
The P.A.R.T.Y. Program is run entirely by volunteers and is not possible without our sponsors and program partners.
The P.A.R.T.Y. Program is always looking for passionate, energetic volunteers to add to our team! Please contact either Amelia Smit (South Island sites*) or Alexis Stuart (Central/North Island sites**) for more information
*South Island sites include Victoria General Hospital, Cowichan District Hospital, and Lady Minto Hospital.
**Central/North Island sites include Nanaimo Regional General Hospital, Comox Valley Hospital, Campbell River General Hospital, Gold River Health Centre, West Coast General Hospital, Port McNeill Hospital, Port Hardy Hospital and Tofino General Hospital.
Interested in Donating?
The P.A.R.T.Y. Program is funded through the generous support of businesses, schools, communities, and individuals. Please contact Amelia Smit or Alexis Stuart (below) if you are interested in making a donation or becoming a partner to the P.A.R.T.Y. Program.
Amelia Smit, Injury Prevention Consultant (South Island), 250.727.4534, PARTY_SI@viha.ca
Alexandrea (Alexis) Stuart, Injury Prevention Consultant (Central/North Island), Office: 250.755.7691 x52412, PARTY_CINI@viha.ca
John-Marc Priest, Regional Trauma Services Manager, 250.727.4535, firstname.lastname@example.org
Julie Malone, Administrative Assistant, Trauma Services, 250.727.4536, email@example.com