Road Trauma Support WA Summer eNews 2019

ROAD TRAUMA SUPPORT WA | December 18, 2019

Happy holidays to all our clients and stakeholders. Please note our offices will be closed for the festive season from noon, 24 December 2019 and reopen on 2 January 2020.

Our website resources will be available during this time, and we encourage anyone needing immediate support to call Lifeline on 13 11 14. 

World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims 2019

Last month we held the annual World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims.  The World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims has become an important global event in recognising the far-reaching impact road trauma has on road users, witnesses, emergency and medical personnel.

This year’s theme of “Life is not a Car Part” reflects the value of human lives affected by road crashes and the collaborative effort needed to reduce death and injury on our roads. 

Life is not replaceable, like a car part. Our lives often require us to use road transport for personal, recreational and work purposes in different ways; as pedestrians, bicycle or motorcycle riders, car, bus, or truck drivers and more. Yet this necessity should not risk or take our lives, or the lives of others.

We urge all road users to be mindful of what they can do to ensure they are safe on our roads. The only acceptable aim is zero road deaths.

Thank you to all that attended this important day.

Regional Travel

Wagin 

In early November, the Injury Matters Recovery Support team visited Wagin to support local emergency services as they staged a mock crash scene for Wagin District High School students and the public.

Local Wagin Police, St John Ambulance, Volunteer and Fire Rescue Services and the Department of Fire and Emergency Services all played a part in the crash simulation to educate the community on the realities of road crashes.

The team provided emotional support for the event, as well as information on Road Trauma Support WA services available to regional communities affected by road trauma.

Broome

The Injury Matters team presented to Main Roads Kimberley staff at their health and safety training day held in Broome, late November. Injury Matters presented a full day workshop on Understanding and Working with Grief after Road Trauma: Supporting Yourself and Others, which recognised that Main Roads staff in varied roles may be exposed to the impacts of road trauma. This workshop presented the opportunity to support the WALGA Roadwise Road Ribbons for Road Safety campaign.

While in Broome, our team also met with varied organisations to exchange information on our respective services, with the aim of better informing the delivery of our programs. This included the WA Primary Health AllianceRoadwiseSchool Drug Education and Road Aware (SDERA), Helping Minds and the Community Resource Centre.

This trip provided the opportunity to commence consultations in the regions for our new Mental and Physical (MaPS) on our Roads program, meeting with staff from Broome Freightlines, Oilfield Transport Services and Direct Haul.

New Brochure – After a Crash

Hot off the press, we have developed a new brochureAfter a Crash. This new resource covers common reactions of our body following road trauma, and how Road Trauma Support WA can help. This new brochure provides information in an accessible and meaningful way.

Interested in sharing copies in your office or organisation? If you wish to order physical copies of the new brochure, please contact admin@rtswa.org.au with your required quantities and for more information.

A printable, digital version of the brochure will soon be available via the Information and Support tab on our website, linked below.

MaPS on Our Roads – Survey and Consultations Opened

The Mental and Physical Safety on Our Roads (MaPS) project is the first of its kind in Australia and proposes to deliver an innovative mental and physical safety program specifically targeting heavy vehicle operators.

MaPS on our Roads is an awareness-raising project which seeks to improve awareness and knowledge among heavy vehicle operators of the importance of maintaining good health, physically and mentally as a means of staying safe on our roads through information and education strategies. Additionally, the project offers insight on how to assist with mental health concerns for those involved in a crash.

Have you ever driven a heavy vehicle?

Whether you currently work or have ever worked in or around the heavy vehicle industry, we want to hear from you. Please click the link below to complete the online survey regarding your experience.

We encourage you to also circulate this survey so we can hear from others working in this space.

If you would like to know more about this program or have worked in the heavy vehicle industry, we want to hear from you too. Please fill in the form at the link below.

Alternatively email us at info@injurymatters.org.au or call us on (08) 6166 7688 for a confidential discussion.

WA State Trauma Symposium

On the last weekend of November, Injury Matters attended and presented at the WA State Trauma Symposium at the Duxton Hotel Perth. This event provided the opportunity for us to share our knowledge and experience, and network with trauma experts from across the state and globe.

Injury Matters Chief Executive, Sandy Lukjanowski, presented on our Road Trauma Support service to great feedback.

On behalf of Injury Matters and the Road Trauma Support WA service, we would like to extend our thanks to those who took the time to provide their valuable feedback during our mid-year service review.

Your feedback has been incorporated into how we can improve our service experience for all those who connect with us.  We are grateful that we could present this feedback as an oral and poster presentation at the State Trauma Symposium and widen our commitment to enhancing our service. Thank you.

You can view our symposium resource poster via the link below.

Dealing with Grief over Special Occasions

There are many significant events, anniversaries and special occasions which can stir up more grief when you have lost a loved one.

These can be previously happy occasions like Christmas, New Year, Valentine’s Day, birthdays, Mother’s/Father’s day and wedding anniversaries. They also include sad occasions such as the anniversary of the death or funeral.

Our dedicated fact sheet provides some ideas for preparing for and coping with these occasions.

The Injury Matters office will be closed from noon on Tuesday, 24 December 2019 and will reopen on Thursday, 2 January 2020.