Road Trauma Support WA Winter eNews 2019

ROAD TRAUMA SUPPORT WA | July 2, 2019

The RTSWA team have had a busy few months with client counselling demand, supporting National Road Safety Week events, and presenting to people and organisations across WA.

We have also developed a new brochure about Road Trauma Support WA and what support we offer to the WA community, available for distribution from July.

Interested in sharing copies in your office or organisation? Please contact [email protected] with your required quantities and for more information.

Across the State

Our team has been busy sharing the message of Road Trauma Support WA. The last few months has seen us engage directly with the WA Police Academy, Transport Workers Union, and Roadwise. 

Notably, Christine Smith presented at Know Injury’s recent event, Preventing Road Crashes and Injuries Among Young Drivers, at Bendat Community Centre. Meanwhile, our friends at School Drug Education and Road Aware (SDERA) in Esperance presented on our behalf at the Esperance Transafe Forum.


On the 10th of June, our Trauma Manager, Christine Smith, spoke with ABC Pilbara Drive presenter, Andrew Collins, about the Road Safety Commission’s consultation paper recommendations. Injury Matters supports every effort suggested in this paper to reduce road trauma and injury in WA.

Speed remains in the top four behavioural factors WA in road crashes. If dropping just 10km in some areas saved 159 lives, the number of people who died on our roads in 2018, wouldn’t a few extra minutes in the car be worth it?

We think so.

Read our full statement regarding the future of road safety for WA.

Service Evaluation Survey

You recently received an email containing our service evaluation survey.  Thank you to those who have submitted their survey. Haven’t completed it yet? You have until 28th June! The survey should only take 5 minutes to complete, and will assist us to improve our service.

By providing your valuable feedback on your experience with Road Trauma Support WA, you place yourself in the running to win one of two Coles Myer vouchers to the value of $50. 

Click here to complete the survey.

RTSWA Team Updates

The Road Trauma Support WA team has recently welcomed Clare Robbins as counsellor. Clare is a registered counsellor who specialises in the work of bereavement and grief and loss. Clare has extensive experience working with individuals, families and children across the Grief and Loss spectrum and other related mental health issues including PTSD. Clare has worked in several prominent NGOs in Western Australia as a counsellor to Program Manager over her 15 year clinical career. Clare has fit right into the Injury Matters office, sharing many stories of her two beloved cats.

As Clare has been settling in, another of our counsellors, Adriana Evans, has taken up an exciting challenge as Counselling Lead within the Road Trauma Support WA team. Adriana has shown compassion and dedication to her role as counsellor, and we are confident that she will bring these qualities into her new role.

Oliver Aguilari has also joined the team on placement from Edith Cowan University’s Masters of Counselling and Psychotherapy course. 

RAC bStreetSmart

Back in April, the RTSWA team attended RAC’s 2019 bStreetSmart event at RAC Arena for year 10-12 students. 

RAC bstreetsmart featured a crash scene re-enactment attended by the emergency services, just as it would occur at a real crash site. Students heard from speakers who had been directly impacted by road trauma and were able to talk with emergency services personnel.

The team participated in the event, with our counsellors providing support to participants in need.

bStreetSmart is a great initiative to drive home the realities of road trauma and the value of road safety to young, budding drivers.

Road Safety Strategy Consultation

The Road Safety Council wants your views on road safety before it drafts a new strategy for the State Government to consider. Consider the impact of road trauma on your family and your friends. What changes are you prepared to support to help make our roads safe?

This community consultation is your opportunity to make a difference for decades to come. You can have your say by:

  • taking part in community forums
  • completing the Consultation Feedback Form
  • completing the consultation feedback map and more.

Visit the Imagine Zero website for more details.

Transafe WA Road Transport Industry Safety Forum

The 22nd Transafe WA Road Transport Industry Safety Forum is taking place in Bunbury. Presentations to include Main Roads HVS and Regional updates, company case study, Southern Ports update and safety initiatives, load restraint and rollover lessons, drug and alcohol stats and testing, tyre safety and more.

  • Wednesday 14 August, 2019
  • 8am – 2pm (includes morning tea and lunch)

Open to anyone with a link to the road transport industry in the region. The forum is free to attend but registration is essential.

Contact Ana Stachewicz executive.officer@transafewa.com.au for further information.

Australasian Road Safety Conference 2019

The Australasian College of Road Safety (ACRS) & Austroads, and our co-Chair organisations CASR – University of Adelaide are hosting the largest road safety-dedicated conference in the Southern Hemisphere this September.

ARSC2019 will be held in Adelaide at the Adelaide Convention Centre complex, from 25 to 27 September 2019, bringing with it a special focus on engaging all levels of government and community, from the city to the bush, to Leading the Way.

Click here to find out more.

Trauma Conference 2019

The Australasian Trauma Society are also hosting the Trauma 2019 conference in Sydney, on the 3-6 October. The theme of the conference will be “Collaboration, innovation and the way forward”. 

Earlybird registration closes on 9 August 2019.

Click here to find out more.

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 20 September 2019. Please email [email protected] with your request.