Welcome to Road Trauma Support WA
Road Trauma Support WA offers a number of key services to the community in Western Australia including counselling, information regarding road trauma, and more recently, preventative education presentations to young people at risk of road trauma.
The establishment of a solid system of referrals and increasing awareness of the service among emergency services personnel, allied health professionals and the community has seen client numbers grow steadily year-on-year since the service commenced in November 2013, with more than 90 new clients seen by our counselling team in 2016 to date.
Grief, Trauma and Loss Workshop
Road Trauma Support WA Counselling Co-ordinator, Susan Medica, joined with Curtin University Psychologist and Senior Lecturer, Dr Lauren Breen, in May to present the inaugural ‘Understanding Grief, Trauma and Loss’ workshop with charity partner, Sirens of Silence.
The workshop was aimed at emergency services personnel who deal with grief, trauma and loss on a daily basis and explored methods of self-care and dealing with PTSD, among other topics, and is expected to be conducted again during the latter half of this year.
The service now has two active, trained peer presenters with a lived experience of road trauma, with a number of others identified as suitable to join the service in the same capacity in the near future. The peer presenters are currently booked into a number of schools across the metropolitan area to share their experiences with year 10-12 students in an effort to affect behavioural changes among those most at risk of road trauma, our young people.
So far there have been 12 school presentations across Perth, as well as Northam and Mandurah, with more bookings anticipated as further volunteers complete training.
WA’s New Vehicle Catastrophic Injury Insurance
ICCWA and its flagship service Road Trauma Support WA, publicly supported the State Government and Insurance Commission of Western Australia’s introduction of the Motor Vehicles (Catastrophic Injuries) Act 2016 which ensures those catastrophically injured in motor vehicle accidents receive lifetime care and support regardless of who is at fault.
Road Trauma Support WA Acting Manager, Gary Hurst, joined WA Treasurer Mike Nahan on radio in June to discuss the implications of the new Act and how it might help victims of road trauma in the future.
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A team from Road Trauma Support travelled to Northam in WA’s Wheatbelt in April this year, to provide information to key community groups and members and to network with individuals and groups with a view to working together on road safety initiatives and preventative education strategies.
This is part of a longer term plan to move into communities most at risk of road trauma and investigate ways of collaborating with local individuals and organisations in the area.
In the Media
The service has enjoyed some great support from the local and State media so far this year which is helping raise the profile of the service in WA and enable us to connect with both community members and aligned groups and individuals. Road Trauma Support WA was featured in Inside Cover and the news pages of The West Australian and a number of community newspapers as well as on metropolitan and regional radio.
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Shining a Light on Road Safety 2016
The service collaborated with two major road safety organisations, The Safer Roads and Highways Group (SARAH) and The Australian Road Safety Foundation (ARSF), actively supporting two major national road safety campaigns. SARAH’s Shine a Light on Road Safety, run during Yellow Ribbon National Safety Week in May, saw key Perth icons including Elizabeth Quay illuminated in the campaign’s trademark yellow as well as helping push WA motorists to turn on their headlights to improve road safety.
Road Trauma Support WA Presenter and road trauma survivor, Bev Abela joined the Road Safety Commission’s Kim Papalia to highlight Fatality Free Friday in The West Australian and on Radio 6PR in the wake of her daughter Lydia’s death in a road crash in 2011.