Road Trauma Support WA Autumn e news 2018

Injury Matters | May 2, 2018

National Road Safety Week to be launched in Perth in 2018

Road Trauma Support WA is proud to be joining the WA Road Safety Commission, Safer Australian Roads and Highways (SARAH) founder Peter Frazer and a host of other leading road safety organisations across the country to launch Yellow Ribbon National Road Safety Week in Perth in April.

The campaign will run nationwide from Sunday 29 April to 6 May 2018 promoting the key message to ‘drive so others survive’.

Look out for some of Perth’s leading landmarks, including the Bell Tower, Elizabeth Quay and Council House to be bathed in yellow light each night during the week-long campaign as a reminder of those who have been killed and seriously injured on our roads.

This year the campaign will focus on different road users each day including cyclists, motorists, those driving on regional roads and our first responders who attend the scene following a road crash.

You can visit the Road Safety Commission website to find out more.

Connecting with regional WA

Road trauma can have a profound impact on regional towns and communities.

It can divide families and impacts not only those directly involved, but family and friends, witnesses, work colleagues and the emergency services personnel who may have been first on the scene of a crash.

Each year deaths and serious injuries as a result of road crashes in regional and remote WA outnumber those experienced on roads in the metropolitan area.

As at 20 March 2018, there have been 21 deaths on regional WA roads this year compared to 13 in the Perth metropolitan area for the same period despite the disparity in the population.

Road Trauma Support WA spoke to the Collie Mail recently about how those in regional WA can access support services in the wake of road trauma.

Research shows that despite the evidence of the impact of road trauma, the majority of motor crash victims do not seek psychological support soon after the crash has occurred.

Road Safety Minister Hon Michelle Roberts told the Collie Mail that support for those in regional areas impacted by road trauma was an important issue for the government.

“The work Road Trauma Support WA does to support Western Australians impacted by road trauma is invaluable,” she said.

“I am in discussions with the Road Safety Commissioner about how we could expand the service in the future and provide better access to people in regional WA.”

Our services are available via telephone or Skype for those who are unable to access our Perth office. You can call us toll free on 1300 004 814 to book an appointment with a member of our counselling team.

Farewell and welcome

The Road Trauma Support WA team was saddened to farewell our lead counsellor, Susan Medica, who had been with the service since it first started operating in November 2013.

Her professionalism, dedication to her clients and also her sense of humour will be missed by all and we wish her all the best in her next career move.

We would also like to take this opportunity to introduce our new Counselling Coordinator, Monica Macoun, who has worked in the field of psychology, specialising in trauma and sexual abuse, for more than 25 years in NSW, Victoria and Western Australia.

Monica has two sons, both at university on the east coast, a dog and cat (aptly named Sigmund Freud), has a globetrotting husband who is a chemical engineer, speaks German, loves a cuppa and a chat and enjoys a good joke! We look forward to welcoming her to the team.

We are on the move!

Road Trauma Support WA (and the entire Injury Matters team) is on the move!

After more than two decades at City West Lotteries House in West Perth, the team is excited to be moving to a contemporary, custom-designed space in Leederville which we believe will better suit the needs of our clients and staff.

RTSWA clients can now enjoy more spacious, specially designed counselling rooms that we hope will be more comfortable, welcoming and appropriate.

Our offices will be closed while we move everything over on Friday, 23 March 2018.

All client appointments will now take place at our new premises located at level 2, 297 Vincent Street Leederville (opposite the Department of Sport and Recreation) from Monday, 26 March 2018. Call us toll free on 1300 004 814 (our usual number) to make an appointment.

We will be attempting to make the transition as smooth as possible and apologise in advance for any disruptions this may cause.

We look forward to welcoming you to our new home!