Road Trauma Support WA Spring eNews 2019

ROAD TRAUMA SUPPORT WA | September 30, 2019

Welcome to our Spring 2019 eNews.

Save the Date – World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims 2019

Our annual World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims event will take place on the morning of Sunday, 17 November 2019. 

It is an opportunity for everyone to pay their respects to those lost or injured on our roads, and the police and rescue personnel working to reduce the impact of road trauma on our community. More details to follow, email admin@rtswa.org.au for more information.

MaPS on Our Roads – Mentally and Physically Safe on our Roads (MaPS) project

We were excited to be awarded $436,000 of heavy vehicle safety funding to support the Mentally and Physically Safe on our Roads (MaPS) project, through the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator’s (NHVR) 2019 Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative, supported by the Federal Government.

The MaPS project is the first of its kind in Australia, and proposes to deliver an innovative mental and physical safety program specifically working alongside the heavy vehicle workforce. Following consultation, Injury Matters will provide information and education campaigns over the next 2 years.

With WA’s vast and remote road network, the heavy vehicle workforce are often the first to come across the scene of a road crash. Being first on scene, providing assistance, witnessing, being involved in or causing a crash, can have a traumatic and long lasting impact.

MaPS will focus on improving awareness and knowledge amongst the heavy vehicle workforce of the importance of maintaining good health, physically and mentally, as a means of staying safe on our roads.

If you are interested to know more about this project or would like to become involved in coming months please contact info@injurymatters.org.au

RTSWA Team Updates

Road Trauma Support WA recently welcomed Prue Lane as Recovery Support Coordinator.

Prue holds a Bachelor of Education and has a background in road safety education.  Immediately prior to joining Injury Matters she developed Perth’s first practical road safety centre for children, the Constable Care Safety School in Maylands. She has already brought so much passion into her role, we’re excited to have her on board!

Regional Travel

Our team has been travelling to regional communities to meet and present to stakeholders across the state.

Our travels commenced in Narembeen where we presented to the community on supporting yourself and others through grief and loss following road trauma. This seminar was initiated through local police and supported by the local Community Resource Centre.

We visited Bunbury to participate in the Imagine Zero community and stakeholder forums; a great opportunity for us to engage with the local community to hear their stories. While in town, we also attended and held a stall at the Transafe Forum, which was another great opportunity to hear from industry leaders about transport safety concerns, issues and strategies.

In August, we travelled to Albany to support the RAC Project Road Smart event at Albany Entertainment Centre, which featured a filmed re-enactment of a serious car crash. While in Albany we also presented to the City of Albany staff, and visited schools in Albany and Mt Barker – advocating for road safety and driving home the impact road trauma can have.

Road Trauma Support WA will be visiting Broome late November. Contact us if you are interested in one of the team visiting your workplace or community by emailing us at
admin@rtswa.org.au.

Practice Nurses Association Seminar

Road Trauma Support WA presented on road trauma, at what was the final WA Practice Nurses Association forum. With over 80 participants in attendance, we were able to provide information on the impact of road trauma and support tools for practice nurses to assist their patients. 

New Brochure – For Anyone Affected by a Road Crash

We have developed a new brochure about how Road Trauma Support WA supports the WA community, available for distribution. It covers our range of services in an accessible, meaningful way.

Interested in sharing copies in your office or organisation? We have a printable version available on our website via the button below. If you wish to order physical copies of the DL brochure, please contact admin@rtswa.org.au with your required quantities and for more information.

Results from our Road Trauma Support WA Survey

Thank you to those who participated in our service survey this year.

Of those who participated in the survey, 96% of respondents who had attended a counselling session would recommend counselling through us to another person affected by road trauma. Over 87% agreed that the counselling helped them with their issues/concerns.

Our print and digital resources continue to be of help to those across WA; with over 78% of respondents agreeing that our resources increased their knowledge of how road trauma affects people.

Again, thank you for everyone who participated in the survey, and to everyone who encourages those in need to reach out to us for support.Your contribution is highly valued and will help to guide us in service improvements.

 The 2019 Australasian Road Safety Conference is on the 25 – 27 September 2019 at Adelaide Convention Centre.

The theme is “Leading the Way Towards Zero,” and will showcase research, practitioners, policy-makers and industry leaders addressing road safety issues across road safety management, infrastructure, safe vehicles, user behaviour and post-crash care.

Stories for a Generation 2050

With the hope that by 2050 death and injuries on our roads will be ‘a thing of the past’, the Road Safety Commission has launched Stories for Generation 2050.

The project aims to capture the experiences people have faced on our roads to educate and showcase how far our community, our roads and the technology of the vehicles we drive will come by the year 2050.

The stories will be placed into a time capsule and set to be opened in the year 2050.

Share Your Story

Have something to share?

Let us know if you have an event or item you would like to include in our next quarterly eNews due out on 13 December 2019. Please email csmith@injurymatters.org.au with your request.