Road Trauma Support WA Autumn 2017 eNews

Injury Matters | May 4, 2017

Road Trauma Support WA Welcomes Ryan Fernie

Ryan Fernie was appointed the Acting Manager for Road Trauma Support WA in January this year, replacing manager Sandy Lukjanowski who is currently in an acting role as the Injury Control Council of WA’s Chief Executive while the former CE enjoys her parental leave.

Ryan brings with him a very welcome and varied skill set and a passion for promoting RTSWA throughout WA and is working hard to raise the organisation’s profile and to reach out to those in the community who need the service most.

He has hit the ground running in his new role as you will see below and welcomes and thanks you for your early feedback and support.

Road Trauma Support WA supporting our emergency services personnel

Road Trauma Support WA visited Bunbury in March to deliver the “Working with Grief, Loss and Trauma: How to Support Yourself and Others” workshop, with support from WA charity Sirens of Silence, to emergency services personnel in the region.

The workshop was aimed at first responders who deal with grief, trauma and loss and explored methods of self-care and dealing with frequent trauma and other challenges they face working in these services.

On the day, we were honoured to be joined by Road Safety Commissioner, Kim Papalia, who presented to attendees about road safety and his experiences working as a policeman in WA and reminded regional communities that support services such as RTSWA are available to them when needed.

When a person is killed in a crash on regional roads, the entire community is impacted. The local volunteers who respond to those crashes often know the victims who may be members of the local sporting club, attended local schools, or are friends of the family, so the impact of road trauma in country WA is far reaching.

“It’s important that people are aware that help is available. RTSWA offers free information and counselling and support to anyone affected by road trauma including all emergency services personnel”, said Mr Fernie.

Road Trauma Support WA heads to the regions

This year Road Trauma Support WA will be putting a greater focus on community engagement and on getting information and resources about our service out into the regions and communities which need them most.

It’s been a busy few months for acting manager Ryan Fernie who has traversed the State meeting with key stakeholders engaged in road safety and attending the various regional Industry Road Safety Group meetings across the State to provide information on RTSWA services.

In the last 10 weeks that’s meant more than 50 face-to-face meetings with stakeholders in the Wheatbelt and South West regions educating Western Australians about Road Trauma Support WA, ICCWA and the programs and services we offer.

During the last few months he has travelled to Merredin, Bruce Rock, Corrigin, Wickepin, Narrogin, Pingelly, Brookton, Beverley, Capel, Busselton, Dunsborough and Margaret River to spread the news about Road Trauma Support and connect with key individuals and organisations in each town and region.

Please contact us on (08) 9420 7212 or toll free on 1300 004 814 or email us at for further information.

Road Trauma Support WA supports key road safety events in WA

RTSWA also provided support to RAC’s bstreetsmart event at Perth Arena on 29 March 2017 which attracted approximately 9,000 high school students from across the metropolitan area.

The bstreetsmart program was created with the aim of reducing the fatality and injury rates of young West Australian people by promoting safe behaviour as drivers, riders and passengers.

They day provided students with information on how to reduce risk taking behaviour through greater awareness of the consequences of distracted driving, inattention, speeding and drink and drug driving.

RTSWA Acting Manager Ryan Fernie also attended the annual Blessing of the Roads event in Mirrabooka in March, a joint initiative coordinated by the Cities of Swan, Stirling and Joondalup alongside our new Police and Road Safety Minister Hon. Michelle Roberts MLA and Road Safety Commissioner Kim Papalia.

The event was designed to highlight road safety going into the Easter long weekend – traditionally one of the deadliest periods on WA roads.

Road Trauma Support WA in the media

Sadly 2016 was a deadly year on our roads with 195 fatalities – the worst year since 2008 when 205 Western Australians lost their lives in road crashes.

The statistics are a grim reminder that we all need to do more to ensure key road safety messages are being heard and that we are all working together to reduce the number of injuries and deaths on our roads.

RTSWA team members have spoken on radio, television, and appeared in the print and online media over the last three months discussing the impact of road trauma, promoting our service, and commenting on issues pertaining to road safety.