Reconciliation Action Plan Consultation Plan

Injury Matters is proud to be embarking on its inaugural Reconciliation Action Plan journey under the watchful eye of Ingrid Cumming and the Code Switch team.

Planning commenced in the latter stages of 2017 with a workshop for all staff to have a look at what reconciliation means to us both as individuals and as an organisation and what we would like to see achieved during the RAP process.

After several consultations it was decided, that rather than put the onus of those outside the metropolitan area to come to us with their input and feedback, the process would be better served if we go to them.

A plan was soon mapped out which identified significant areas we would like to target and so the ICCWA RAP Roadshow was conceived. Further information, dates, destinations and times can be found below.

A Not-for-Profits’ RAP Journey

About ICCWA

To start with, I think I should make it clear that before we embarked on this process we felt we didn’t know what we were doing or where to start when it came to developing a RAP – or Reconciliation Action Plan.

What we do know is, that as an organisation and as individuals, we think it’s an important part of the reconciliation process.

I also thought that if we, as an organisation don’t know how to go about this process, then perhaps other agencies may not either. So we decided to share our organisation’s journey down the path of developing our Reflect Reconciliation Plan from the beginning in the hope that it may shed some light on the process or perhaps inspire others to start their own journeys.

I’d also like to add that I am not a blogger! So if f you came here looking for a literary masterpiece, unfortunately you won’t find it here! Instead this blog will be an open and honest account of our journey as a not-for-profit agency as we work towards developing an organizational Reconciliation Action Plan – something that we have talked about for a long time and are finally commencing now.

A Guiding Hand

I think to begin it’s important to let you know that we are not embarking on this journey alone. We are very fortunate to be working with the very lovely and patient Ingrid Cummings from CodeSwitch who is helping us along our path. Ingrid is an extremely knowledgeable and passionate woman dedicated to achieving reconciliation in Australia and will be guiding ICCWA on its own path towards creating our very own RAP. A small step for mankind perhaps but if we were all doing it…

Ingrid has facilitated cultural understanding sessions to our team in the past and as a result we have seen a positive professional relationship blossom over time.

This relationship has been an integral part of the RAP development process and Ingrid has made us feel comfortable and safe in discussing issues of a potentially sensitive nature (or simply ask questions may have been too scared to ask elsewhere). Fortunately, with Ingrid, there is no such thing as a stupid question (well almost no such thing), and indeed all questions were encouraged during our discussions.

The Start

We began the process of developing a RAP with a kick-off meeting between a small group of ICCWA staff and Ingrid, to discuss where we as an organization are coming from and where we would like to be in the future. We identified what strengths and weaknesses the organisation could both harness and be mindful of during the development and implementation of our RAP, which opportunities we could utilize and also the threats we could tactfully avoid along the way.

During that initial meeting it also became apparent that we needed to bring together a core group of staff who would champion the RAP internally and make sure we stayed on track to achieve our goals in a timely manner. We also decided to hold an internal workshop, inviting all staff to learn more about the process of developing a Reconciliation Action Plan and to begin brainstorming where opportunities for reconciliation action may lie for ICCWA.

One of our next steps was to pencil in an external workshop to consult with members of the Aboriginal community and other stakeholders on what was important to consider in the development of our first RAP.

So with some important decisions made, we are off on our journey. Now to find my RAP champions!

Stay tuned to find out more about the next step in our RAP journey.

Program Update: Road Trauma Support WA Summer 2016

On Sunday 20th November 2016, Road Trauma Support WA held a commemorative event for the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims, at the Fremantle Sailing Club.

The World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims is commemorated on the third Sunday of November each year, to remember the millions killed and injured on our roads across the globe. It is also a day on which we pause to thank our emergency service personnel for the amazing work they do and to reflect on the tremendous burden and cost of this daily continuing disaster to families, communities, organisations and governments at all levels.

We were honoured to have many distinguished attendees who also recognise the importance of supporting all of those affected by Road Trauma and the people who work alongside them.

Deputy Premier, The Hon. Liza Harvey MLA, Ms Teresa Williams Director of Governance and Finance at the Road Safety Commission, Dr Sudhakar Rao Director of Trauma Services at Royal Perth Hospital and Patron of Road Trauma Support WA, Bev Abela Volunteer Educator at Road Trauma Support, Janet Augustinsen Multi faith officer from Curtin University and most importantly our clients and their families who have all been affected by road trauma in some way.

Road Trauma Support WA has held this this event each year since its inception in 2014 and we would like to thank all of those who took the time to come together at this very special event and to wish them a safe and happy Christmas and New Year.

Program Update: Know Injury Summer 2016

A team from the Injury Control Council of Western Australia’s, Know Injury program, travelled to beautiful Esperance last month to talk to those based in and around the region about all things injury prevention.

The visit is part of the organisation’s ongoing commitment to those in regional and remote WA who may not have the same access to training and events as counterparts in the Perth metropolitan area

The team was hosted by the Western Australia Country Health Service (WACHS), Esperance Population Health from Wednesday 23 November to Friday 25 November allowing them to meet with practioners and health workers operating in and around the area.

Know Injury delivered evaluation training, met with local health and community workers to discuss injury and safety and also find out what’s happening in their shire.

The evaluation training was delivered by experienced health promotion practioner, Dr Stacy Waters, and as well attended with representatives from WACHS, Escare and the Esperance community arts centre.

Feedback from the event was overwhelmingly positive from those who attended the training.

‘Both inspired to improve and slightly intimidated by how much better we can do. Thank you!’ and ‘Excellent, timely, presenter very knowledgeable, interesting, needed, informative, thank you!’.

The Know Injury team also took time to meet with representatives from the Shire of Esperance to find out what their safety priorities were in the region, as well as to talk about injury prevention and community safety.

Know Injury also hosted the bi-monthly regional network group meeting where Andrea McGill, health promotion officer from WACHS delivered a presentation on behalf of the Roadwise committee which looked at their new campaign ‘Slow down and enjoy the ride’.

The campaign is an excellent example of a local injury prevention program, delivered at a community level by passionate community volunteers and representatives.

As part of the campaign the committee created a short video to [EA1] complement the key messaging and themes.  The video was uploaded to their Facebook page and has since been shared 4700 times, with 221 000 views.

The visit to the region was a success with health professionals and community workers upskilled, new partnerships developed and old partnerships strengthened. It was also a great opportunity to showcase some of the great work the region is already doing in injury prevention and promote it to the rest of Western Australia.