Since the WA COVID restrictions have been lifted to phase 4, this quarter has seen the Road Trauma team out and about in the community reconnecting with our stakeholders.
The team recently presented to pastoral care teams at Fiona Stanley Hospital, Royal Perth Hospital and St John of God Midland Hospital. Each visit offered the opportunity to share what we do and how we can further work together to support people in their recovery from road trauma.
This quarter also saw the launch of the Mental and Physical Safety on our Roads project. Read below for the full story.
Our road trauma counselling service has seen a steady increase in enquiries and request for support and counselling.
If you have been affected by a road crash and would like support, please contact Road Trauma Support WA on 1300 004 814.
Mental and Physical Safety on Our Roads Launch
This week, Injury Matters launched the Mental and Physical Safety (MaPS) on Our Roads project at the 24th Transafe WA Road Transport Industry Safety Forum in Wembley. Over 80 heavy vehicle industry stakeholders attended the event.
Following an opening address by Celia Hammond MP, Sandy Lukjanowski, Injury Matters CEO, spoke about the journey Injury Matters has taken to bring the first MaPS on our Road campaign Your Map to Recovery: After a Road Crash to its launch. Sandy thanked all the truck drivers and companies who gave up their time in sharing their experience of working in the heavy vehicle industry. Sean Carren from Goldstar spoke of the importance in valuing our truck drivers and those who work in the Heavy Vehicle industry to forum attendees.
After the launch campaign, the forum attendees had an opportunity to attend MaPS on our Road workshop on Your Map to Recovery: After a Road Crash. Participants learnt about the wider changes and losses truck drivers and others can face after a road crash and how best to support yourself or someone with this.
During September and October listen out for MaPS on our Roads adverts on your local and regional radio stations (96FM, Triple M and Big Rig Road Show). Additionally, you can become involved by liking our Facebook postings or visiting the MaPS on our Roads webpage to access information, resources and training.
To learn more about the Mental and Physical Safety (MaPS) on our Roads project and hear the results from our formative research into Heavy Vehicle operator mental and physical well-being, visit www.injurymatters.org.au/mapsonourroads.
For more information on the Your Map to Recovery: After a Road Crash or Supporting a staff member after a Road Crash contact us at email@example.com or call 1300 004 814.
The MaPS on our Roads project is funded as part of the Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative, administered by the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator on behalf of the Commonwealth Government.
Peer Support Sessions
Peer support offers the chance for a group of people who have been through the same experience, to recognise each other as peers and to work towards helping and supporting each other. It gives everyone a chance to realise they’re not in it themselves, feel heard and have a chance to share and learn to recover from their experience.
If you are interested in joining us for a peer support session for anyone who has been involved in a road crash, you can express your interest with us here.
We welcome anyone whose life has been affected by a road crash, whether you were directly or indirectly and even family members and friends caring for someone who has been involved.
The first session will take place in mid-late October 2020 (depending on the group’s preference). If you would like to express your interest, please click on the link below to answer a quick 3 minute survey so that we can identify times that would suit most of the group.
Upcoming Regional Visits and Events
The team is busy planning for a number of regional activities and events, many of these will be held during National Road Safety Week.
- 15th October – Northam
- 16-18th November – Busselton, stakeholder workshop and community presentation
- 19th November – Guilderton, community presentation
If you would like us to visit your group or workplace while in the region, connect with us on 1300 004 814.
For more information on any of these events, contact us.
RTSWA Team Updates
Injury Matters recently welcomed Eugene Wong as Recovery Support Officer (Client Support). Eugene provides information and support to road trauma clients including those inquiries coming through from the heavy vehicle industry.
Eugene holds a BEc (Hons), Dip. Community Services, Dip. Counselling and brings with him extensive experience working in the road safety and transport industry. Eugene’s interests in community services often finds him volunteering his time as a Justice of the Peace and previously in the Australian Army Reserves. Eugene’s interests include spending time with family, cooking and exploring Western Australia’s great outdoors.
World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims
The Annual World Day of Remembrance for Road Crash Victims is fast approaching. This is a day where we pause to remember those who have sadly lost their lives through road trauma or have been impacted by a road crash. Our 2020 event will be held on Sunday 15th November.
This World Day of Remembrance event is an opportunity for us to Remember, Act and Support those affected by road trauma.
If you are interested in attending or would like more details, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
National Road Safety Week 2020 | 15th November to the 22nd November 2020.
I pledge to drive so others survive
I pledge to drive as if my loved ones are on the road ahead.
I will remove all distractions and never use my mobile phone while driving.
I will not put other people at risk by speeding, driving while tired or under the influence of alcohol/drugs.
I will protect all vulnerable road users, especially those whose job places them in harm’s way, by slowing down and giving them the space they need to be safe.
National Road Safety Week will be hosting themed days and events throughout this week:
- 15th November. Remember the 1200
- 16th November. Take the Pledge, Lead the Way
- 17th November. Safe journey to Work
- 18 November. Move Over/ Slow Down
- 19th November- Protecting Every Life
- 20th November. Shine a Light
- 21st November. Cyclists and Motorcyclists theme day
- 22nd November. Arrive home safe for your loved ones
What will be your pledge to keep safe on the road?
Tough New Mobile Penalties for WA Drivers
In 2019, almost 20% of deaths on WA roads were caused by distracted drivers. 95% of all WA drivers acknowledge the danger associated with using their phone while driving, and yet surprisingly 50% of people still admit to this selfish behaviour.
This month saw new penalties for using a mobile phone behind the wheel introduced across WA. These are:
• Penalty 1 – Touching or holding your phone for audio calls: $500 and 3 demerit points.
• Penalty 2 – More distracting tasks like texting, using social media or watching videos: $1000 and 4 demerit points.
These tough new rules reinforce the fact that distracted driving is causing more avoidable tragedies on our roads. We encourage all road users to put away their devices every time they are in the car. Find out more below via the Road Safety Commission.
Healthy Heads in Trucks and Sheds
Launched on the 18th August 2020, the Healthy Heads in Trucks & Sheds Foundation will help make thriving workplaces for everyone in the heavy vehicle industry as part of a national strategy across the sector.
We all lead busy lives and struggle to fit in self-care into our daily routine
Why not use the time waiting for something in the microwave, boiling the kettle, commuting to or from work, brushing teeth etc. to practice breathing? Taking deep breaths whilst waiting. Or maybe do a gentle stretch. Simply noticing what is around you, the sky, the feel of the water on your hands whilst breathing slowly and deeply.
This moment needs only be a minute or two long, but it is a great start for introducing self-care and prioritising your needs.