Our Visit to the South West

Injury Matters | March 31, 2020

Sharon Knapp and Clare Robbins from the Road Trauma Support team have recently visited at the end of February. The combined several tasks from meeting with Heavy Vehicle organisations, holding an information session to the local community and first responders and taking part in the pastoral care of the RAC Project Road Smart at the Entertainment Centre.

The week started with Sharon and I meeting depot managers, general managers and drivers from the South West Heavy Vehicle industry.  Each meeting we were able to talk about the exciting new project (Mental and Physical Safety on our Roads) we are developing but also more importantly to hear about the issues facing the Heavy Vehicle industry from a South West a perspective and what Mental and Physical Safety on our roads means to them.

A common theme coming through with each meeting was the lack of awareness from other road users when they encounter a truck. All the information gathered has gone to help us develop 3 campaigns relating to Mental and Physical Safety on our Roads.

On Tuesday evening we hosted an information evening “After a Road Crash – Supporting yourself and others” at St Johns Ambulance in Bunbury. The information session provided the attendees with an overview of the different aspects on how a road crash can impact someone from suddenly being in the media spotlight to driving phobia.

Sharon, Recovery Support Peer Support Coordinator, provided us with her lived experience of road trauma and the impact her son’s crash had her on her family.  The evening was a great success with an opportunity post the session for to network over a cup of tea and sandwich.

On Wednesday and Thursday we provided mental health first aid at the RAC at their Project Road Smart Bunbury. The event was attended by over 700 students from in the South West.

The students watched an reenactment of a road crash and at the end had an opportunity to meet and talk to First Responders- Police, Fire Brigaide and Ambulance crews. The counsellors area was manned by Road Trauma Support WA and Bunbury Headspace. Both days we were kept busy with students and staff affected by the project.

It’s wonderful that Road Trauma Support is inviited to support RAC Project Road Smart events as it give us a chance to touch base with local first responders and create working relationships with local support services.