Aiming to reduce the ongoing psychological and social distress for people affected by road trauma in Western Australia, Injury Matters has successfully delivered the Road Trauma Support WA service since 2012. In working towards this aim during the 2019/20 financial year, Injury Matters delivered four primary services; information and support, community engagement, education and training, and specialised trauma and bereavement counselling.
The counselling service continues to be an integral component of Road Trauma Support WA, with over 154 individuals supported with one-on-one counselling during the 2019/20 financial year. Results from the service’s annual survey indicate that clients benefited from accessing the service, with 89% of respondents agreeing that the counselling received helped them with their issues and/or concerns. Additional service outcomes are displayed in the infographic below.
Despite the global COVID-19 pandemic providing a new challenge to Injury Matters delivery of the service, counselling, information and engagement activities were shifted to virtual platforms to ensure that there was a continuation of service. This adaptability and flexibility resulted in minimal distribution to community members and allowed the Injury Matters team to support community members exacerbated mental and emotional challenges while practising social distancing.
To stay up to date with upcoming Road Trauma Support WA activities sign up to the Road Trauma Support WA quarterly eNewsletter or contact Injury Matters on 6166 7688.