Road Trauma Support WA Winter eNews 2020

Injury Matters | June 22, 2020

Welcome to our Winter eNews.

The first half of 2020 brought with it uncertain times for all. For Road Trauma Support WA (RTS WA) we continued to provide support and information to those impacted by road trauma at a time where COVID-19 presented additional challenges for all. With all staff and services initially moving to working offsite, we are pleased to report that we are mostly back in the office open to clients, stakeholders and visitors in our Leederville office.

For those of you who are planning to come into the office, we ask that you contact our office beforehand if you have recently returned to WA, are unwell (fever, cough, sore throat, fatigue) or have been in close contact with a confirmed COVID case. Where needed we will reschedule your appointment or meeting to phone or video.

In addition, we acknowledge that while we are back in the office, the pandemic is not over. We understand those who are vulnerable, at risk, or caring for someone at risk may not be comfortable to see us in person. For this reason, we will continue to work with you to offer our service that best suits your circumstances.

While working from home, our team has been planning on how we can continue to enhance the programs and services we have on offer. Over the coming weeks we will be launching two new initiatives.

For RTS WA, we will be introducing peer information sessions on issues faced by those with lived experience of road trauma.

Our Mental and Physical Safety (MaPS) on our Roads project will soon be launching the After a Road Crash – Your MaP to Recovery campaign. You will find more information below.
We invite you to register your interest in either of these initiatives at admin@rtswa.org.au to be sure to be kept up to date.

With the wet weather here and the easing of COVID restrictions for WA, a timely reminder to consider the road conditions, road environment and travel safe on our roads.

The 2020 Road Trauma Support WA survey is still open!

We would like to thank all the people who have already completed the online survey which opened in May 2020. There is still time for you to have your say as the survey will close on the 24th June.

By completing the survey, you will help us in reviewing all aspects of the service and provide feedback on what is being done well, areas to be considered for improvement and future service delivery.

Please click the link to complete the survey. Many thanks for your participation.

Have you accessed the RTS WA service?

Road Trauma Support is looking to hear from clients and consumers who have accessed any part of our service and are comfortable to share how the service assisted them in their recovery journey after a road crash.  

We are looking to produce short video clips for use on our website and social media and want to hear from anyone who has accessed RTS WA services, be it through a presentation, brochure, website, counselling or even spoken with a member of the RTS WA team.

If this is something you would feel comfortable doing, please email admin@rtswa.org.au or call us on 1300 004 814.

Statement from Injury Matters relating to the Final Report of the Select Committee on Personal Choice and Community Safety

We recently published our position concerning specific findings and recommendations to the Final Report by the Select Committee on Personal Choice and Community Safety titled Community safety: for the greater good, but at what cost? released in May 2020.

Our positions relate to the importance of bicycle helmets in preventing injury, e-cigarette nicotine poison, and water safety.

Find out more here.

Mental and Physical Safety on Our Roads
Formative Consultation Results

The data gathering phase of the project is now complete and we would like to thank everyone who helped us with its completion. Here are some of the key findings from our research:

  • After experiencing a road crash many heavy vehicle operators experience negative thoughts and feelings.
  • 66.7% of respondents indicated they had been involved in, witnessed or were the first on scene of a serious crash while at work.

Our findings will help us identity and create awareness and education campaign topics for the heavy vehicle industry to keep them safe on our roads. The first campaign is scheduled to be launched August 2020 and will include a combination of advertising, education workshops, webinars and information resources – watch this space. 

Find out more here.

Community Information Sessions

Our team regularly visit regional towns to hold community information sessions and workshops addressing the impacts of road trauma. We cover topics such as grief, loss, trauma and self-care strategies for organisations whose staff may be exposed to road trauma as part of their work.  

A typical information session will cover the following:

  • Grief and trauma after a road crash;
  • Complexity and the greater impact on those involved;
  • Useful tools and tips to support yourself and others;
  • When professionals need additional support to prevent burn out; and
  • Find out where and how to access support.

If you would like more information regarding when we are visiting your area, or to book a community information session, please give us a call on 1300 004 814 or email admin@rtswa.org.au Note that some fees may apply.

RTSWA Team Updates

We recently welcomed Sarah Holloway as a counsellor for our service. Sarah has a strong background in psychology, particularly working with young people and teens. She loves travelling, gaming and finding her zen in the garden.

We also welcomed Veronica Johnston as a final year student placement in a Masters Counselling and Psychotherapy at Edith Cowan University.   Veronica loves cats, travelling and baking.

Welcome to the team, Sarah and Veronica!

Download Our Resources

Visit our website to download free resources, including fact sheets on coping with grief, loss, driving phobia, sleep difficulties and helping your loved ones. These can be printed or saved as digital copies at your convenience.

You can order our mostly widely used resources as printed copies  as seen below via our Quickmail system or contact us directly.

Visit Quickmail here or view our Resources here.

Join Community Connect

Even with some restrictions lifting, across the state, finding a way to connect with others can be difficult at this time. If you need some help getting back into the swing of things, sign up for Community Connect. This free, easy-to-join network connects older Australians with each other from across the state, from the comfort of their own homes!

Share stories, activities and laughs over call or video chat. Remember, even if we are physically distant, we can remain social in this unique period. Find out more and join below.

New Penalties for WA Drivers Using Mobile Phones

The WA Government has announced tough new, two tiered penalties for drivers caught using mobile phones illegally on WA roads from next month.

From 1 July this year, drivers caught holding or touching their phone to make a voice call will receive a penalty of a $500 infringement and three demerit points.

Kindness Campaign: Road Safety Commission

The Road Safety Commission has launched a new campaign encouraging kindness and courtesy on WA roads. The campaign encourages all road users to bring back the courtesy wave – a wave or a nod of the head, to acknowledge another driver’s courtesy and your appreciation of it.

We all wish to empower road users to take ownership of courtesy on the roads, creating a sense of unity and respect among motorists, motorcyclists, bike riders and pedestrians – Kindness Travels.

So, the next time you’re on the road – ride the wave!

Study: University of Queensland – Medicine use following a road traffic crash

Do you have neck or back pain following a road traffic crash? Join The University of Queensland’s study about people’s experiences of medicine use after road traffic crashes.

Contact Ms Sarah Robins, Research Assistant, on email whiplashresearch@uq.edu.au or call 07 3346 4812 or Dr Jane Nikles on email uqjnikle@uq.edu.au or 0408 599 033.