About Road Trauma Support WA

Road Trauma Support WA is a state-wide service assisting anyone affected by road trauma, regardless of when the incident occured or what level of involvement the person had, direct or indirect.

Counselling sessions are delivered FREE of charge and no referral is required.

We provide:

  • Information and support
  • Education and training (costs may apply) and
  • Counselling.

We are committed to being respectful of cultural and family values and provide our service in a safe, non-judgemental environment.

RTSWA is a not-for-profit agency, delivered by the Injury Control Council of WA (ICCWA) and funded by the Road Trauma Trust Account with contract management through the Road Safety Commission WA, dedicated to supporting Western Australians impacted by road trauma and promoting an understanding of their needs.

The impact of road trauma

Approximately 13 people are affected by every fatal crash1

Despite progress in road safety, crashes are a leading cause of death in Australia and the potential for psychological [and social] distress following a major crash is significant.2

The impact of road trauma costs Australia approximately $27 billion each year. Between 2000 and 2008, transport was the second most common cause of death and third most common cause of hospitalisation [in WA] due to injuries sustained in the community3.

In addition to temporary or permanent disability, serious physical injuries, post trauma reactions, and psychiatric disorders, there are also considerable personal financial costs, risks to decreased quality of life, social isolation and stigma as well as restricted opportunities for leisure, and/or carer burden.

For more statistics and road safety information, click here.

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References:

1 & 2Breen, L. J., O’Connor, M., Le, A. T., & Clarke, J. (2011). Establishing a sustainable road trauma support service in Western Australia. Perth, Australia: Curtin University.

3Ballestas T, Xiao J, McEvoy S and Somerford P (2011). The Epidemiology of Injury in Western Australia, 2000-2008. Perth: Department of Health WA.


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