Autumn eNews 2021

Injury Matters | March 18, 2021

Welcome to our first eNewsletter of 2021.

This year has started as a busy one for Road Trauma Support WA. The number of inquiries for support and counselling services is rising. Unfortunately, the number of serious road crashes is also higher when compared to last year. While Road Trauma Support WA is here to provide the support for those impacted, our preference is for serious road incidents to not occur at all. We encourage everyone to be safe and alert when driving, particularly during the upcoming Easter long weekend and school holidays in April.

The Mental and Physical Safety (MaPS) on our Road project is getting set to launch its next media campaign in time for April. This campaign will offer information and tips on how and what to fuel your body with to keep you mentally and physically alert and safe on our roads. While this campaign targets the heavy vehicle industry, the information available will provide anyone with small steps that can make a big difference over time.

This year we are excited to be hosting two new student placements through Curtin University’s Masters of Social Work and Edith Cowan University’s Masters of Psychotherapy. We welcome both students to the Injury Matters team and look forward to guiding them on their professional journeys as well as learning from them with the unique experiences they each have.

You can find out more information regarding our vacancies, volunteering and student placement opportunities below.

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Mental and Physical Safety on our Roads program

We are excited to be launching our next campaign within the MaPS project in April. This awareness campaign will consider the physical aspect of safety on our roads for truck drivers focusing on nutrition and medication.

The campaign Your Map to a Healthy Lifestyle: Fuel Your Body will raise awareness and educate heavy vehicle operators in how making a small healthy lifestyle change can help them stay alert and safe when driving on our roads. Two main topics to be addressed are how nutritious food helps you to stay healthy and alert while driving, and how the side effects of medications can impact  complex tasks like driving or operating machinery.

Mark your calendar for launch date of 1st April  and be sure to visit the Injury Matters/MaPS on our Roads webpages for resources and information on Your Map to a Healthy Lifestyle: Fuel your Body campaign. 

Find out more here.

As part of the Your MaP to a Healthy Lifestyle: Fuel your Body campaign gets underway we would like to express our thanks to Sean Carren and his wonderful Goldstar Transport team who assisted us with the imagery for the campaign.

The MaPS team arrived very early in the morning to catch the trucks and their drivers going through their safety checks prior to leaving the yard. We managed to get some wonderful photos of the heavy vehicle workers, especially relating to medication and nutrition.  The whole event ran very smoothly with special thanks to Tanikka for organising drivers and trucks to be photographed.

Self-Care Tips

Self-care is quite individual and it’s important to focus on what works for you. Self-care doesn’t require a big chunk of time to be set aside, nor does it have to involve complicated or extravagant steps. Rather, it can be lots of little things throughout the day.

Some examples of daily self-care include:

  • taking short body breaks throughout the workday to stretch or move around
  • doing some mindfulness or relaxation (these can be as short as 2 or 3 minutes)
  • eating healthy to fuel the body
  • checking in with yourself and your emotions
  • being kind and compassionate in your self-talk
  • having some sort of creative release
  • switching off social media or technology for a short period during the day

Find more resources, information and support on our website here.

Regional Events and Travel

We are committed to supporting our regional areas. With restrictions easing, we will be appearing in areas across WA in the coming months to host information sessions for anyone wanting to know how they can support themselves, a family member, friend, or loved one affected by a road crash.

We will be in Lake Grace on Wednesday, 28 April 2021 at 9am – 1pm, held at the  Lake Grace Community Resource Centre (Bishop St & School Pl, Lake Grace WA). For this session, please register to Suzanne Reeves via 9865 1470 or lakegracecrc@westnet.com.au

We will be in Collie on Thursday, 29 April 2021 at 10:00am – noon held at the Collie Family Centre, 5 Forrest Street, Collie WA. Please register via the Collie Family Centre via phone 9734 5343 or email admin@colliefamilycentre.org.au.

We also have planned on visits the following regional towns coming soon: Kalgoorlie in May, Broome in August, Geraldton in September and Albany in October.

If you would like us to speak at your workplace or community, please contact us on 1300 004 814 or admin@rtswa.org.au

Information sessions with Men of Hope

We are excited to be working with Black Swan Health’s Men of Hope program to deliver  information sessions on recovering from grief and loss after sudden trauma. Men of Hope provide alternative support in a peer environment to men facing mental health issues.

The first joint information session is on Monday 12th April at a community centre in the City of Stirling.

For more information, please contact admin@rtswa.org.au

Monash University Accident Research Centre (MUARC) to deliver Graduate Certificate of Road Safety in 2021

MUARC has announced that an online Graduate Certificate of Road Safety will commence this year and offered as four ‘intensive units’, each delivered over a six week period.

It will focus on: evidence-based approaches to road safety; the importance of road safety management and leadership; knowledge of relevant crash and injury data sources; applying the evidence for population-level intervention; building effective partnerships; and communicating with influence to improve road safety outcomes.

To apply, visit the course page at Graduate Certificate of Road Safety and for further information go to MUARC’s website or contact Dr Carlyn Muir (Academic Course Coordinator carlyn.muir@monash.edu) or Lesley Rees (Professional Course Coordinator lesley.rees@monash.edu).

 

A new Strategy: National Road Safety Strategy 2021-2030

The draft National Road Safety Strategy for the decade 2021-2030 is now open for public consultation. This new draft Strategy recognises that road safety is not solely a transport problem.

To view the draft Strategy or make a submission, visit the link below.

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Have something to share?

Let us know if you have an event or item you would like to include in our next quarterly eNews due out on 19 June 2021. Contact Road Trauma Support WA with your request.