Road Trauma Support WA’s Summer e news

ROAD TRAUMA SUPPORT WA | February 7, 2018

Although there have been significant advances in road safety in Western Australia our road toll still remains too high.

Road Safety Commission statistics show that we are on track to record fewer deaths and injuries on WA roads than we did in 2016, however there are still far too many families who will spend this Christmas without loved ones.

The number of deaths on regional roads remains a challenge, and RTSWA has spent a considerable amount of time during 2017 travelling and connecting with those in regional WA to let them know that help is available.

We recognise that many of you who have been impacted by road trauma may find the Christmas and festive season especially challenging if you are facing the loss of a loved one or caring for someone injured.

We would like to take this opportunity to remind you that our team is available for counselling, information and support, and for those outside the Perth metropolitan area our counselling services can be accessed via telephone or the web.

We thank all of our clients, partners and stakeholders for their ongoing support during 2017 and wish you all a safe and happy holiday with a reminder to drive safely over the Christmas period.

Please note our office will close on Friday, 22 December 2017 at midday and reopen on Tuesday, 2 January 2018 at 9am.

For crisis support, please contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Crisis Care Helpline on (08) 9223 1111 or 1800 199 008 (WA country callers).
RTSWA marks World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims in Fremantle

Road Trauma Support WA commemorated World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims 2017 at a special ceremony for clients, their family, friends and supporters, and key Western Australian road safety stakeholders at the Fremantle Sailing Club on Sunday, 19 November 2017.

World Day of Remembrance is marked by thousands of organisations, groups and individuals across the globe who stop to remember the many millions killed and injured on our roads on the third Sunday in November each year.

This year Lauren Jackson shared her own personal story on the impact road trauma has had on her family following the death of her brother, and only sibling Connor, in a road crash in May 2016.

Lauren spoke bravely and eloquently about hearing the news from her mum while on a ‘dream of a lifetime holiday’ in Europe and how she and her family now defined their lives in terms of ‘before and after’ Connor’s death.

WA Road Safety Minister, Michelle Roberts, also spoke at the event and shared her hopes for a world in which the Towards Zero strategy was much closer to reality and viewed as an achievable target for countries like Australia.

She was joined by acting Road Safety Commissioner, Iain Cameron, who spoke about the passionate group of people who had come together to mark WDR in the UK in 1993 and how it had grown from humble beginnings to an event of global significance and impact around the world.

RTSWA clients past and present paused to remember loved ones whose lives had been lost as a result of road trauma or who had been seriously injured and now lived with the consequences every day.

Lauren Jackson at the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims in November
Road Safety figures gather for the Australasian Road Safety Conference in Perth

Road Trauma Support WA joined leading road safety organisations from across Australasia for the three day 2017 Australasian Road Safety Conference at Crown Perth in October.

The conference showcased the region’s outstanding researchers, practitioners, policy makers, advocates and industry figures leading the world in working to reduce road trauma in the region.

This year’s event focused on engaging business, industry, the community and all levels of government across cities and regional and remote areas to move Towards Zero.

It was an invaluable opportunity to connect and network with leading figures with a road safety focus and to find out how agencies and organisations were collaborating to reduce the impact of road trauma and identify the key areas of focus to improve road safety in the future.

Journalist Ray Martin speaks with Acting Road Safety Commissioner Iain Cameron at the Australasian Road Safety Conference
RTSWA takes to the road to connect with regional WA

The RTSWA team has had a busy few months travelling throughout regional WA to promote the service, connect with emergency service workers and front line health staff in the regions and to ensure those in regional areas are aware that support is available to them in the wake of road trauma.

The team attended the Roadwise Great Southern Road Safety Conference in Cranbrook in September to raise awareness about the service among key local community members and to listen to the concerns of those who deal with road trauma and road safety issues at a grass roots level.

We conducted a specialised ‘Working with grief, trauma and loss’ workshop in Mount Barker in early November, bringing together both paid and voluntary emergency services personnel from the region.

Trauma Support Manager, Ryan Fernie, travelled to Collie in early December for the South West Industry Road Safety Alliance’s 2017 Christmas Road Safety launch with the Hon. Michelle Roberts MLA, Minister for Police and Road Safety, and the Member for Collie-Preston, the Hon. Mick Murray MLA, Minister for Seniors and Ageing; Volunteering and Sport and Recreation.

The campaign aims to stop the trauma on our regional on our roads, especially over the holiday period.

RTSWA also headed to Kalgoorlie earlier this month to present to a group of front line and management staff at the Mainroads/Lend Lease Safety Day.

The presentation served as a reminder to those staff about the often dangerous nature of the work they do and the impact road trauma can have on them.

This followed on from a number of workshops to Mainroads staff earlier this year in the Perth metropolitan area.

Further regional workshops are scheduled to be held both regionally and in the Perth metropolitan area with further information available on (08) 9420 7262 or admin@rtswa.org.au