(Presenting in Melbourne)
Kylie is a Registered Nurse with over 20 years’ experience in both acute and primary health care. Currently working as the Coordinator of the RMH PA.R.T.Y Program, Kylie facilitates all aspects of this harm minimisation program for 16-25year olds. Kylie has worked as an educator to enrolled nursing students and mentor for graduate nurses in the UK. She has developed education programs in primary health care settings as a district nurse team leader and developed home care packages for trauma patients as a healthcare manager, working closely with TAC and WorkCover. Kylie also works as a Research Coordinator for the PATCH Trial at the RMH as she holds a keen interest in investigative work and evidence based standards for patients. She has worked at the University of Melbourne Department of general practice; in Diabetes research where she implemented a Practice nurse led model of care for Type 2 Diabetes. She has presented at APNA and ARNA throughout her career.
The Royal Melbourne Hospital Prevent Alcohol Risk-related Trauma in Youth (P.A.R.T.Y) Program
In the last nine years over 1500 young people aged 15-18 years have been admitted to RMH for treatment of traumatic injuries. We know that trauma in this age group is the leading cause death and long term disability. P.A.R.T.Y is an in-hospital injury prevention program that aims to reduce the incidence of traumatic injury in young people. We know from data collected from participants before they attend the program that young people still have limited understanding of what constitutes risk taking and what the results really are, that is the gap the program hopes to fill by increasing their understanding of what risk taking actually is and what the possible real life consequences are. The RMH Program began in 2011 since that time 3958 students have attended. The schools program is aimed at 16 and 18 year olds. Holding the program in the hospital means they get a real life experience, with the sights, smells and sounds of a busy trauma hospital. This combined with meeting real patients and families to hear how their injuries and possible loss have impacted on them, we hope assists participants to understand risk and consequence. The ultimate aim of PARTY is to empower young people when they are faced with making decisions independently and how one choice can impact upon their lives and those around them. By delivering a high quality program with interactive sessions across a broad social and demographic spectrum in the hope of reducing the incidence of trauma related death and disability in teenagers.