Road Trauma Support WA joined leading road safety organisations from across Australasia for the 2017 Australasian Road Safety Conference at Crown Casino earlier this month.
The conference showcased the region’s outstanding researchers, practitioners, policy makers and industry figures leading the world in reducing 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 in working to implement the Towards Zero strategy.
More than 500 delegates from across the Asia Pacific attended the three day event with WA’s Acting Road Safety Commissioner Iain Cameron addressing the opening session and spoke about the unnecessary risks some people take on our roads and the often simple mistakes that result in deaths and serious injuries on our roads.
He told the conference that people making a mistake are the cause of 70 per cent of serious crashes on our roads and that although progress had been made in reducing the numbers of those killed or seriously injured, there was plenty more work to be done.
Veteran television presenter Ray Martin, pictured above speaking with Mr Cameron, even made a cameo appearance, chatting with attendees and industry figures about the impact of mobile phones on road safety.
The conference focused on collaboration and working together to reduce the road toll by improving the road network, managing speed, making our cars safer and better educating drivers.
Road Trauma Support WA founding patron and State Director of Trauma at Royal Perth Hospital, Dr Sudhakar Rao, joined a host of other industry experts for a plenary session on meeting the Safe System Challenge for rural and remote regions.
Injury Matters Chief Executive, Sandy Lukjanowski, chaired the Thursday afternoon forum which focused on road trauma and included a presentation from Road Trauma Support Victoria coordinator Christine Harrison who spoke about ‘Survivor Story Telling in road trauma education and support programs.
The three day conference provided a great opportunity for organisations and individuals with a road safety focus to network and find ways to work together to reduce the impact of road trauma in WA.
Click here for a wrap up of the conference and further information about next year’s event.