About

Our Team and History

Our Guarantee

About Us

Road Trauma Support WA is a state-wide service assisting anyone affected by road trauma, regardless of when the incident occurred 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.

The service is delivered by Injury Matters and funded by the Road Trauma Trust Account with contract management through the Road Safety Commission WA.

A History of Road Trauma Support WA

In February 1999, West Australian couple Alan and Glenda Maloney found themselves on a journey no one would wish to take. Their 17-year-old daughter Skye and her friend died suddenly in a road crash.

Their journey made them realise the lack of support that was available to them while trying to cope with the trauma of their sudden loss and negotiating all the post-crash procedures involved and led to them lobbying and advocating from 2008 for a dedicated service to provide support to all of those impacted by road trauma in WA.

They were assisted by a number of agencies and individuals associated with road safety, trauma, mental health, emergency services and others who worked tirelessly over many years to ensure support would be available to all of those affected by road trauma in WA.

For a more detailed account, click here.

Patron

Injury Matters, Road Trauma Support WA and the Board of Directors are extremely pleased and proud to have Dr Sudhakar Rao as our Patron.

Dr Rao is State Director of Trauma Services in WA, based at Royal Perth Hospital, where the unit provides state of the art emergency trauma and critical care for those with complex and critical injuries. He is a Colorectal and General Surgeon, and Consultant Trauma Surgeon.

Regularly called on to provide media comment about road trauma, Dr Rao has been a well-regarded guest speaker at the award winning annual RAC BStreetSmart event for secondary school students which enacts the aftermath of a crash scene and shows the direct impact a road trauma incident can have on those involved.

Dr Rao has played a key role in establishing the Prevent Alcohol and Risk-related Trauma in Youth (PARTY) program at RPH and has received a number of achievement awards, including the Office of Road Safety Award in 2011, the 2005 NSW Government Humanitarian Service Award and 2004 ICCWA Award for outstanding achievement in injury prevention.

We believe Road Trauma Support WA’s partnership with Dr Rao as Patron is extremely rewarding as we support West Australians who have experienced road trauma and work together to improve outcomes for these people.

Ambassador

On 17 December 2015, then 23-year-old Royal Australian Able Seaman Marine Technician, Mark Daniels, was struck by a distracted driver while riding his motorcycle home from visiting a friend in Port Kennedy, Western Australia.

He was left bleeding on the side of the road with a severely fractured leg, broken neck, broken right hand, ruptured kidney, punctured left lung, 11 broken ribs and a split femoral artery.  Despite the surgeons’ best attempts, they couldn’t save his leg and it was amputated below the knee on 23 December 2015.

Because of his youth and high fitness level, Mark was released from Royal Perth Hospital on 9 January 2016 after just three weeks.  Mark’s strength and determination have stunned his medical team and the friends and family who have been by his side since the beginning.

Since his initial surgery Mark has competed in the 2016 and 2017 HBF Run for a Reason half marathons, the Swan River Run, the Bridge to Brisbane event, True Grit and Tough Mudder, has been back in the water on his beloved wake board, returned to horse riding and to his work with the navy.

He has also launched his own motivational speaking company, Mark Daniels Motivation, to inspire others by sharing the challenges and achievements that have marked his journey since his crash.

Mark has also been very honest about his own personal battles with depression during the course of his recovery in the hope that it might help others struggling with mental health issues.  Initially suicidal at the thought of living a life with one leg, his story is both compelling and brave and details how he threw himself into physical activity as a way of dealing with his depression.

Road Trauma Support WA initially approached Mark to see if he would like to partner with the organisation as an ambassador in 2016 and to use his inspiring story to help raise the profile of the service and to support measures to reduce the impact of road trauma in WA.

He has been featured on television, online, in print and on radio regularly since then, sharing his journey, meeting with the paramedics who saved his life and speaking out regularly about the dangers of distracted driving.

Naturally competitive in nature, Mark decided in 2016 that if he really wanted to reach his full potential and participate in events like the Paralympics and the Invictus Games and to run again, he would need to undergo a further amputation to increase the range of movement in his knee.

Reluctantly, his surgeons agreed to go ahead with a second amputation, which took place earlier this year and Mark again amazed his medical and support team with the speed and scale of his recovery and swift return to full competitive training.

His next goal is to make the 2020 Australian Paralympic team, which will require him to raise $20,000 for a specially designed prosthetic running leg and he is busy fund raising towards that milestone.

You can follow Mark’s journey on Facebook.

Our Team

Sandy Lukjanowski
Chief Executive, Injury Matters

Sandy Lukjanowski, has a Bachelor of Science (Hons) majoring in management with post graduate qualifications in leadership and is currently working towards a Masters of Business Administration. She has an extensive background in leadership of complex teams across the corporate, health and not-for-profit sector.

Christine Smith 
Trauma Support Manager

Christine has a Bachelor of Science (Health Promotion) and over 20 years experience working in senior positions in the community, health and disability sector. Her breadth of experience extends into the not-for-profit and Government environment and includes Business Development, Grant Management, Communications, Education and Training.

Melanie Gould
Trauma Support Officer

Melanie has been part of Injury Matters since 2010. Her work in administration for not-for-profit organisations over a number of years means a strong knowledge and skill base for finance and reception at Injury Matters and Road Trauma Support WA.

Monica Macoun
Counselling Coordinator

Monica is a registered psychologist who has completed a Masters of Counselling Psychology (Curtin) as well as specialist training in trauma and grief counselling and clinical hypnosis. Monica’s experience in the field of psychology spans approximately twenty five years and has included specialist work in the area of sexual abuse; and also trauma, anger management, anxiety, depression, eating disorders, family issues, grief and loss, life transition, parenting issues, phobias, self esteem issues, stress management, and sleep disturbance. Monica has worked effectively with clients of all ages. Her therapeutic style includes a range of modalities best suited to assisting her clients to reach their therapeutic goals. Her clients describe her as warm, caring, down to earth, practical and respectful.

 

Adriana Evans
Counsellor

Adriana is a registered psychologist who utilises a variety of therapeutic interventions depending on individual needs however she primarily draws upon Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).  Adriana has a particular interest working with anxiety related disorders and with individuals who have experienced trauma in their lives, however she also has extensive experience working with individuals for; stress; parenting support; low self-esteem; chronic pain; depression and issues of adjustment and change.

Adriana’s educational background includes a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Edith Cowan University; a Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology from Curtin University.  Adriana is a Registered Psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulatory Agency (AHPRA) and a Member of the Australian Psychological Society (MAPS).

Melissa Nicholls
Counsellor

Melissa is a registered psychologist who has experience working effectively with clients across the lifespan, from early childhood through to twilight years. Melissa has worked in both Private Practice and Organisational settings, helping individuals with a range of concerns, including: managing stress, depression, anxiety, parenting support, substance use, challenging behaviours, sleep concerns, grief and loss, and self-esteem issues. Melissa utilises a range of therapeutic approaches depending on the individual needs of the client, drawing primarily from the Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Mindfulness modalities.

Melissa’s educational background includes a B.A (Psychology), and a B.A (Honours, Psychology), from the University of Western Australia; and a Master of Psychology (Clinical) from Edith Cowan University. Melissa is a Registered Psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulatory Agency (AHPRA) and a full Member of the Australian Psychological Society (MAPS).

 

Employment

Please visit the employment section of the Injury Matters website for employment opportunities with Road Trauma Support WA.

Privacy

Road Trauma Support WA is committed to upholding the privacy of our clients at all times, providing the highest level of confidentiality and service in all our dealings.

All information, support and counselling services are conducted within an environment of complete privacy, absolute confidentiality and without interruption. To download our privacy statement click here.

Feedback

Road Trauma Support WA works to constantly develop and improve services to our clients. To do this, we regularly consult with the community on a range of key issues and provide mechanisms for people to give us feedback on an informal basis.

Our Service Charter affirms that all clients have the right to provide feedback about any aspect of Road Trauma Support WA; without fear of recourse, expecting that any complaint will be investigated promptly, appropriately and in confidence.

Of course, we love to receive positive feedback, so if there is something about our service that you would like to compliment, please let us know. Any ideas to improve the service are also welcome.

Providing Feedback

There are a variety of ways to give feedback:

Complete our Feedback Form and place in our locked Suggestion Box at reception or mail it to:Trauma Support Manager

  1. Trauma Support Manager
    Injury Matters
    PO Box 208
    Leederville WA 6903
  2. Contact us by phone on (08) 6166 7688 or toll-free: 1300 004 814; or
  3. Email us at admin@rtswa.org.au

You may choose to remain anonymous but providing your name and contact details allow us to acknowledge your feedback, follow up with you for clarification and provide a response.

If you are not feel satisfied with the response, you can submit a written complaint to:

Chief Executive
Injury Matters
PO Box 208
Leederville WA 6903

For a list of external avenues for complaints please click here.

Disclaimer

You must not rely on the information on this website as an alternative to medical advice from your doctor or other professional healthcare provider. If you have any specific questions about any medical matter, you should consult your doctor or other professional healthcare provider.

Road Trauma Support WA is not a 24 hour crisis service.

For opening hours, click here.

For emergency assistance, please call 000 for ambulance, fire or police, or refer to 24 hour Crisis Support.