Road Trauma Support WA Autumn eNews 2019

Injury Matters | March 26, 2019

Injury Matters in York and Northam

In late February, the Injury Matters team visited the Wheatbelt to meet with health professionals in the area and to host an Assisting Local Governments in Public Health Planning workshop in Northam.

Road Trauma Support WA (RTSWA) visited School Drug Education & Road Aware (SDERA), Northam Police, Member for Central Wheatbelt Mia Davies office, St John Ambulance, and Wheatbelt North Roadwise to inform those organisations about our services, discuss opportunities to support the community in its road safety endeavours and events, and to hand out resources.

See our Wheatbelt Resource kit here to find out more about injury in the area.

Blessing of the Roads 2019

With the Easter long weekend coming up, the Blessing of the Roads safety campaign reminds us all to be safe as we travel long distances to visit family, friends, or holiday destinations.

This year, the Easter long weekend runs from Friday, 19 April to Monday, 22 April.

The Blessing of the Roads campaign is aligned with Towards Zero, WA’s road safety strategy 2008 – 2020, which follows the globally-recognised safe system approach to work towards a long term vision of a road transport system where crashes resulting in death or serious injury are virtually eliminated.

The Blessing of the Roads campaign intends to build community support for the long term vision and actions to achieve zero deaths and serious injuries from road crashes.

Ceremonies taking place across WA, include:

City of Wanneroo
Where: Elliot Park, cnr Elliot and Wanneroo Roads, Wanneroo
When: 11 April 2019 at 9:00am
Contact: Natalie Sangalli

Shire of Bridgetown-Greenbushes
Where: Memorial Park Amphitheatre
When: 10 April 2019 at 9:00am
Contact: Tony Pratico

City of Mandurah
Where: Christ’s Church Anglican Parish of Mandurah
When: 14 April 2019 at 9:20am
Contact: Father Ian Mabey

Note, Blessing of the Roads is non-denominational and can be embraced from a non-religious perspective.

New Road Trauma Support Staff

Road Trauma Support WA has welcomed two new faces into the office recently.

Jan Powell-Jones (L) provides a welcome face to Injury Matters clients and visitors in reception, providing administrative support to our trauma support services as Trauma Support Officer.

Allison Hass (R) joins us as Community Outreach Coordinator, connecting our trauma support services to the wider WA community.

Both ladies have fit right into the Injury Matters team, and we are very thankful for their skills and expertise.

World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims 2018

Back in November, we held the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims at the UWA Water Sports Centre, centered around the theme of “Roads Have Stories.”

With views over the Swan River, we remembered those lives lost and injured on our roads, the family, friends and many others affected by road trauma, gave thanks to those that dedicate themselves to reducing harm on our roads, and reflected on the huge economic and social impact road trauma has on our community.

Beginning with a smoking ceremony with Marie Taylor, the morning included personal reflections from people affected by road trauma, alongside those from Hon. Michelle Roberts MLA and Dr. Sudhakar Rao. 

Sharing your story after trauma can be important step in your recovery process. In the lead up to this event, Road Trauma Support put out a call for stories from anyone affected by road trauma – in the form of writings, poems, artwork, or any other form of creative expression. We welcome people to share their reflective pieces at any time of year.

If you would like more information about how you can share your story or would like to submit a short story/blog post/poem or drawing please contact us on 1300 004 814 or

Not On My Road Campaign

Nine Perth recently launched a road safety campaign across Western Australia.

It aims to challenge the community to understand, appreciate, and embrace the notion that death and serious injury on our roads is avoidable. It encourages a frank conversation around this vision, because although the number of people being killed or seriously injured on WA roads is reducing, it is not yet zero.

The campaign highlights to importance of personal responsibility as a road user, no matter who you are or how you interact with our roads – as a driver, cyclist, pedestrian or other. 

Preventing Road Crashes and Injuries Among Young Drivers

Join Injury Matters’ Know Injury program for the Youth Injury Prevention Seminars as our panel of experts discuss ‘Preventing self-harm in young people’, ‘Preventing road crashes and injuries among young drivers’, and ‘Preventing alcohol-related injuries and harm among young people’.

Keynote presentations will be delivered from research, policy and practice perspectives.  Each seminar will focus on how research and data can be understood and applied to inform policy and program development and strategies to prevent harm and injuries in youth in Western Australia.

When: Tuesday 14 May 2019 at 9:00-11:00am
Where: Bendat Parent and Community Centre (Telethon Speech & Hearing) at 36 Dodd St Wembley, WA
Contact: Glenda Spain-Dixon on

Road Safety Strategy Consultation

Western Australia’s Towards Zero Road Safety Strategy 2008–2020 comes to an end next year. The Road Safety Council will soon start consulting with the community about the next road safety strategy.

If you wish to register your interest in taking part in consultation forums, please click the link below.