Meeting with the Midwest

Injury Matters | August 29, 2017

Road Trauma Support WA has been on the road in WA this month and last week travelled to Geraldton to meet with key stakeholders and to mingle with the locals at the 2017 Mingenew Midwest Expo!

As WA’s only dedicated service supporting all West Australians impacted by road trauma throughout the State, we are very aware that the majority of fatalities and serious injury crashes are occurring on regional WA roads.

Statistics from the WA Road Safety Commission (current as of 21 August 2017) tell us that of the 94 fatalities on WA roads this year, 55 of those were on regional WA roads.

A breakdown of regional statistics for the area by the Road Safety Commission reveals that 457 people have been killed or seriously injured in the Midwest-Gascoyne region between 2012 and 2016, 63% of them male, and also that 22% of that number were aged between 25 and 35 years old.

Visits to regional and remote Western Australia are part of our long term strategy of better servicing country areas across the State and of making and cementing key relationships and partnerships with agencies, organisations and individuals with a focus on road safety across WA.

Community Outreach Coordinator, Georgie Sweeting, met with the local Police, St John Ambulance, Department of Fire and Emergency Services, WA Country Health Services and local Roadwise committee members among others to share information and resources with them and to raise the profile of the service in the Midwest.

The visit to the Mingenew Expo was an opportunity to chat with local community members from Mingenew, Geraldton and the surrounding areas about the services we offer, our history and background and how those in regional WA can access our services if they require them.

The expo is one of the largest of its kind in regional WA and is a great opportunity for those attending and exhibiting to connect with local organisations and community members and sample some fine local produce at the same time!

RTSWA joined the local Mainroads and Roadwise representatives at their booth in the Family and Community tent to share some of our resources and merchandise with those attending and to chat with locals about all things road safety.

The trip also provided an important opportunity to speak with emergency services personnel throughout the Midwest about our specially tailored educational workshops for first responders that our counsellors are currently holding both in Perth and throughout regional WA.

Our next workshop ‘Working with grief, loss and trauma: how to support yourself and others’, for both paid and voluntary emergency services personnel will be held in Broome on September 7.

Please contact us on (08) 9420 7262 or for further details or download the flyer here.