Road Trauma Support WA Winter e News 2018

ROAD TRAUMA SUPPORT WA | July 3, 2018

Delivering workshops to our emergency services personnel

Our counselling team has had a busy month delivering four educational workshops to emergency services personnel, both paid and voluntary, in Perth and regional WA.

RTSWA Lead Counsellor Monica Macoun worked closely with the team at WA Police’s Major Crash unit throughout the month of June, delivering three separate day-long workshops at their headquarters in Midland.

She and colleague, Melissa Nicholls, also travelled to Williams to deliver a workshop for a cross section of emergency services personnel from across the region, which has seen a number of fatalities and serious crashes in recent years.

The workshops are designed to help those who are routinely exposed to traumatic events, to understand the impact the work they do can have on their own mental health and to help them develop their own self care strategies.

Monica said there was a very real tendency to underestimate the cumulative effects that working with grief and trauma can have on your own emotional and physical health with particular occupational groups more at risk of vicarious trauma or burn out because of the work they do.

If you would like more information about our educational workshops please contact us on 1300 004 814 or visit our website.

Congratulations to RTSWA Ambassador Mark Daniels
 

The team at Road Trauma Support WA would like to congratulate our ambassador, Mark Daniels (pictured at right), on completing the HBF Run for a Reasonfor the fourth time. This year saw Mark complete the run on his blade for the first time alongside HBF Ambassador Brant Garvey.

Mark has been a source of inspiration across Australia in the years since he was seriously injured in a road crash just outside Mandurah in 2015, ultimately resulting in the loss of his right leg.

The Royal Australian Navy Marine Technician has fought back from depression and thoughts of suicide to turn his life around, returning to work and taking on a series of physical challenges that those with two legs would struggle to complete.

Mark will head to Sydney in October this year to mingle with royalty and compete in the 2018 Invictus Games alongside other current and former service men and women from 18 different nations. We wish him the very best of luck!

You can follow Mark’s story on Facebook.

Introducing Christine Smith, our new Trauma Support Manager

Earlier this year the Injury Matters team welcomed former Policy and Sector Support Manager, Christine Smith, to her new role as Trauma Support Manager.

Christine has a Bachelor of Science Health Promotion and over 20 years’ experience working in the community and health sector. Her skills and previous experience working in organisations requiring respectfulness, professionalism, sensitivity and confidentiality make her a natural fit for her role managing the trauma support team.

Christine has hit the ground running travelling to the north and south of the state promoting both Injury Matters and the Road Trauma Support service to those in the regions and is excited about the opportunities her new role will provide.

Christine was recently selected to attend a three-day leadership program led by the one of the world’s most respected and comprehensive research institutes, Monash University Accident Research Centre in Perth earlier this month.

The forum attracted some of Australia’s most respected road safety figures and researchers and looked at different approaches to road safety and shifting our views on what is an acceptable road toll.

Both sides of politics unite to introduce Charlotte’s Law

The Road Trauma Support WA team would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Wayne Pemberton and his family for their ongoing commitment to road safety following the tragic death of their daughter Charlotte in a road crash in 2015.

This month saw the introduction of ‘Charlotte’s Law’ in Western Australia, which increases the maximum penalty for aggravated dangerous driving causing death or bodily harm from 10 to 20 years jail.

The bill, which was unanimously passed by both houses of Parliament in June, creates new circumstances in terms of aggravated driving so someone who is speeding excessively or has no licence will be ‘captured’ by the legislation.

Tragically Charlotte was killed by a speeding, unlicensed Rebels bikie motorcyclist just minutes from her home.

While it will never bring back their daughter, Charlotte’s father Wayne said he was proud to have the law named after her and paid tribute to all of the other families who have gone through the same thing.

“No family should have to deal with losing a loved one in a road crash,” said Trauma Support Manager Christine Smith.

“Charlotte’s law is there as a deterrent to dangerous driving and is an important legislative step working towards zero road fatalities.”

Sharing their stories to reduce the road toll

 

The WA State Government and the Road Safety Commission of WA launched a new road safety campaign, Zero Excuses, that challenges the ideas around what is an acceptable road toll.

The campaign uses real people and voices to highlight the life changing impact of road trauma and does so from the perspectives of the injured, those who have lost family members in road crashes, paramedics, police and doctors.
Road Trauma Support WA worked behind the scenes with the Road Safety Commission linking them with clients and former clients who wished to share their stories to highlight the devastating impact of road trauma.

For some people who have either been injured in a road crash or who have lost a loved one, the opportunity to share their story with a broader audience can assist in their psychological recovery from a road crash.

This is only done following a consultation with one of our psychologists to prevent further trauma to an individual.

As an organisation we are often called on to facilitate the sharing of such stories. If you would like to share your story or would like a bit more information on this process please contact us on (087) 6166 7688.

You can view the Zero Excuses television advertisements on You Tube here:

 

We are heading to Collie!

 

Road Trauma Support WA will be in Collie on Thursday July 26th to share some information with those from the local area about what we do, the services we offer and how we connect with those in regional WA.

The community information session is open to all emergency services, health professionals, those working in road safety, local government and interested community members.

Please contact Georgie Sweeting on 1300 004 814 or gsweeting@injurymatters.org.au for more details.