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Eye-opening lesson for students

Tuesday, 28th February, 2017

Registered nurse Robin Franklin gives students a dose of reality in the emergency department at the local hospital yesterday. Nurse Franklin led the teenagers on a tour as part of a program to teach them the consequences of risky behaviour. Registered nurse Robin Franklin gives students a dose of reality in the emergency department at the local hospital yesterday. Nurse Franklin led the teenagers on a tour as part of a program to teach them the consequences of risky behaviour.

Health staff who regularly treat the horrendous injuries suffered by risk-taking teenagers gave local students an important lesson yesterday.

The Royal North Shore Hospital Trauma Service ran the program in Broken Hill for the first time yesterday, after collaborating with local emergency services and staff at the local hospital.

Throughout the intensive one-day program students meet staff who deal with the impact of trauma on young lives and injury survivors living with a permanent disability as a result of risky behaviour.

“Our goal is to reduce the over representation of young adults in injury and trauma statistics,” said program co-ordinator Maura Desmond from the Royal North Shore Hospital.

“We hope that by seeing the effects of trauma in the hospital environment they will make more positive choices in their own futures and are better equipped to look after their mates.” 

Far West LHD Registered Nurse Robin Franklin was one of the local staff who participated in the program, and she led students on a tour of the emergency department yesterday morning.

“We welcome the opportunity to assist local young people to become better informed about risky behaviours, potential consequences and prevention choices to minimise risk,” she said.

The RNSH Hospital Trauma Service has run the program for four years and has collaborated with over 19 regional or remote hospitals in NSW, targeting more than 4300 young people.

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