Road Trauma Support WA eNews Winter 2017

Injury Matters | August 9, 2017


Road Trauma Support WA Promotes National Road Safety Week

Road Trauma Support WA was involved in a number of key events during this year’s Yellow Ribbon National Road Safety Week from 8-14 May 2017.

The team attended the Road Safety Commission’s launch of National Road Safety Week in WA at the Old Mill in South Perth along with Road Trauma Support WA Ambassador, Mark Daniels, former Road Safety Commissioner, Kim Papalia, the Hon. Michelle Roberts, MLA Minister for Police and Road Safety, a number of our past and present clients, and other guests.

The intimate event was marked by the lighting of a Norfolk Pine and the adornment of 195 yellow ribbons in memory of the number of lives lost on WA roads last year.
Those attending heard a personal story from Louise Clarke, who lost her daughter Bronwyn in a road crash in 2014. The Minister for Road Safety also spoke, making special mention of the work the Road Trauma Support WA team does to support all of those impacted by road trauma in WA.

Road Trauma Support WA Manager, Ryan Fernie, also attended a specially convened public Road Safety Forum at the Perth Town Hall which was broadcast live on 6PR.

Throughout the week many local landmarks were lit up in yellow to highlight road safety, including Parliament House, the Bell Tower and Elizabeth Quay. The Bunbury Tower and Bunbury Lighthouse were also bathed in yellow to shine a light on road safety.

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Road Trauma Support WA Ambassador Reunited with Lifesaving Paramedics

Road Trauma Support WA Ambassador, Mark Daniels, was recently reunited with the paramedics who saved his life 18 months ago. Mr Daniels was involved in a horror motorcycle crash as he was riding along Port Kennedy Drive in December 2015 and suffered multiple injuries including a broken neck, broken leg, and a split in his femoral artery which eventually saw his right leg amputated above the knee.

Road Trauma Support WA joined St John Ambulance to reunite him with those who were first on the scene of his accident just metres from where it occurred. It was an emotional day for Mark, but one he says he had been looking forward to for a long time.

Mr Daniels said he could never thank the paramedics who saved his life enough and wanted to do everything he could to promote road safety in WA.

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We Support Emergency Services Personnel Throughout WA

Our counsellors have been travelling around WA delivering workshops to assist our emergency services personnel to deal with grief, loss and trauma both professionally and on a personal level.

All too often our emergency services personnel are the forgotten ones who mop up after road trauma and then return to work only to do it all again. There has been considerable coverage across the country on the impact dealing with trauma is having on them and the often silent battle they wage behind the scenes.

The workshops, which have been developed in conjunction with WA charity Sirens of Silence (SOS), WA Police and Curtin University, are specifically tailored to assist first responders – both paid and voluntary – to respond appropriately to those impacted by grief, loss and trauma, understand the impact it has on them, and develop their own self-care strategies to prevent burnout and the onset of PTSD.

So far, our team has delivered workshops in Perth, Margaret River and Bunbury, with the next one scheduled to be held in Broome on 7 September 2017 at the Department of Fire and Emergency Services. There is a small fee associated with the workshop with a special discount for SOS members.

To find out more about the workshop including details on how to register, click here.

Road Trauma Support WA Boards the RAC Intellibus!

The Road Trauma Support WA team was proud to support the RAC and its ground-breaking trial of the specially commissioned RAC Intellibus.

Statistics show that human error is to blame for around 90% of all crashes, with automated vehicle technology currently being developed to try to reduce this rate in the future. Currently, the biggest challenge driverless vehicles face is when interacting with human drivers on the road, with the trial set to provide some potentially ground-breaking feedback for future generations.

Injury Matters and Road Trauma Support WA staff rode the Intellibus in South Perth, and found out what WA roads may look like in the future thanks to the innovative work of the RAC.

Improved road safety measures like this could lead to a significant reduction in the number of road crashes in Western Australia.

Road Trauma Support WA in the Media

Road Trauma Support Lead Counsellor, Susan Medica, spoke with the ABC recently about the advancements in rehabilitation for brain injuries and mental health issues resulting from road trauma over the last forty years.

However, for Michael Boyd, who acquired a traumatic brain injury as a result of a fatal crash nearly four decades ago, the effects remain with him day and night.

“Michael’s case is quite severe,” Ms Medica said on ABC radio during an interview about the ongoing impact the crash has had on his quality of life.

“People with brain injuries do require very specific services and in his case, given it happened quite a few years ago, it would have been more difficult back then to locate services with specific knowledge of trauma and brain injury.”

She said services like Road Trauma Support WA, which is one of an affiliated network across the country, typically saw people much sooner after a crash and worked much more closely with them in terms of their rehabilitation.

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ICCWA is now Injury Matters!

We’re pleased to let you know that the Injury Control Council of WA (ICCWA), which coordinates Road Trauma Support WA, has refreshed its name and logo, and will now be known as Injury Matters, with our tagline being ‘prevention to recovery’.

We see this not just as a name change, but as a reinvigoration of our organisation and a chance to refocus our attention, and spread our injury prevention message further than ever before.

Our dedicated and passionate team will continue to build our voice as Injury Matters. Our email addresses will now end with, and all emails to previous addresses will be automatically forwarded. We also encourage you to look at our new website for updated information and upcoming events.

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