Road Trauma Support WA eNews Summer 2017

Injury Matters | December 20, 2016

Road Trauma Support WA wishes you a safe and peaceful festive season

Although it has been a significant year of achievements for the Road Trauma Support WA team, it has been a year in which, sadly, we have seen the road toll rise almost uniformly across the country.

At the time of going to print, road deaths in WA stood at 173, compared to 151 at the same time last year. 107 of those have been on regional roads, highlighting the challenges we continue to face outside the metropolitan area.

As we head towards the end of another year, many of our clients and others impacted by road trauma may be finding that their anxiety, stress and grief are amplified around significant events such as Christmas.

We would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone that we are here for support, counselling and information for all of those in WA affected by road trauma and encourage you to contact us if you would like additional help at this time.

The team at Road Trauma Support WA wishes all of our clients, supporters and partners a safe and peaceful festive season and urges you to drive safely and enjoy the holiday period.

Just as a reminder our office will close on Friday December 23 2016 and will reopen on Tuesday January 3 2017.

A day to remember

On Sunday 20th November 2016, Road Trauma Support WA held a commemorative event for the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims, at the Fremantle Sailing Club.

This special day is commemorated on the third Sunday of November each year, to remember the millions killed and injured on our roads across the globe. It is also a day on which we pause to thank our emergency service personnel for the amazing work they do in the course of their work on a daily basis.

We were honoured to have many distinguished attendees who also recognise the importance of supporting all of those affected by Road Trauma and the people who work alongside them and to welcome our clients and their families and friends for this special event.

Supporting our first responders

Road Trauma Support WA’s specialised grief and trauma counsellors held two professional development workshops for first responders in Perth this year with a plan to roll more out across WA in 2017.

The Working with, Grief, Loss and Trauma: How to Support Yourself and Others workshop was held in Perth in October in conjunction with WA charity Sirens of Silence.

The day-long workshop attracted first responders from a range of organisations across WA and covered an array of topics, including communicating effectively with those who are grieving or traumatised and developing self-care strategies to avoid burn out.

Making sure our voice is heard where it is needed most

Road Trauma Support WA will launch a regional radio campaign in December just as we head into one of the most dangerous periods on our roads.

The campaign recognises the significant number of deaths and injuries on roads throughout regional and remote Western Australia and the critical need for our service outside the Perth Metropolitan area.

It will target regional Western Australia via the Red FM and Spirit FM networks and will ultimately reach more than 80 per cent of Western Australians located outside the metropolitan area.

Road Trauma Support WA Manager Sandy Lukjanowski said the campaign aimed to inform residents of country WA about the services available to them and let them know where they can go for help and support.

“It’s ultimately an awareness raising campaign targeted at those who are most over represented in the road crash data,” Ms Lukjanowski said.

Road Trauma Support WA offers free counselling and support services across WA and is available either face-to-face for those located in the city and via Skype, telephone or email for those outside the metropolitan area.