Injury Matters AIM WA 2018 Scholarship Recipient

Injury Matters is proud to be the recipient of one of the Australian Institute of Management WA’s Organisational Management Development Scholarships. This is a great opportunity for Injury Matters and will contribute to building leadership capacity within the organisation. Last week AIM WA held an awards ceremony and networking opportunity for all the not-for-profit recipients to come together. To find out more about the AIM WA scholarship recipients click here.

Policy & Sector Support Manager, Christine Smith and AIM WA CEO, Professor Gary Martin.

Closing the Gap 2018

Last week, Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull presented the annual Closing the Gap report. This marks 10 years that the framework has been in place and shows how the nation and individual states are progressing against seven targets. The latest data indicates that three of the seven targets are on track to be met. In Western Australia the targets of early childhood education and year 12 or equivalent attainment are on track.

National progress against targets:

  • Halve the gap in mortality rates for Indigenous children under five within a decade (by 2018) – On Track.
  • 95 per cent of all Indigenous four-year-olds enrolled in early childhood education (by 2025) – On Track.
  • Close the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous school attendance within five years (by 2018) – Not On Track.
  • Halve the gap for Indigenous children in reading, writing and numeracy within a decade (by 2018) – Not on Track.
  • Halve the gap for Indigenous Australians aged 20-24 in Year 12 attainment or equivalent attainment rates (by 2020) – On Track.
  • Halve the gap in employment outcomes between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians within a decade (by 2018) – Not on Track.
  • Close the gap in life expectancy between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians within a generation (by 2031) – Not on Track.

Improving the social determinants of health, such as education and employment will empower communities and improve injury outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. So progress across all targets is critical for improving the incidence and impact of injury among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander  communities. Of particular interest to readers though may be the domain of health.

  • Between the periods 2005-2007 and 2010-2012, there was a small reduction in the life expectancy gap of 0.8 years for males and 0.1 years for females.
  • Over the longer term, Indigenous mortality rates have declined significantly by 14 per cent since 1998. However, there has been no improvement since the 2006 baseline and the target is not on track to be met.

To read the full Closing the Gap report click here. To learn more about the social determinants of injury visit Know Injury.


Gaining a little more understanding of one of the world’s oldest cultures

The Injury Matters team headed to Kings Park earlier this month for a specially designed Cultural Awareness presentation by WA-based organisation Aboriginal Awareness Production and Events.

The organisation is led by respected Aboriginal elder, Dr Richard Walley OAM and his family, and promotes an understanding of Aboriginal culture and how its heritage, beliefs and traditions can be applied to enhance personal and organisational growth.

As an organisation which interacts with health professionals and different sectors of the community – both in metropolitan and regional WA – to promote injury prevention programs and activities, we place significant importance on understanding and embracing Aboriginal culture in the work we do.

We are currently in the final stages of completing our first ‘Reflect’ Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), which has very much been a learning journey for all of the staff who have been involved in pulling it together, and our session with AAP&E was an important part of that process.

Although some staff have participated in cultural awareness programs in the past, for many it was very much an opportunity to find out more about Aboriginal culture, its heritage and traditions and to gain a deeper understanding of some of the practices and traditions we may have heard about but not necessarily understood the meaning behind.

The morning’s session was conducted by Richard’s four children – John, Olman, Alton and Rickeeta all of whom are an integral part of the AAP&E team – each of whom brought a different perspective and dimension to the morning’s activities.

It was very much an interactive process with plenty of opportunity for our staff to ask questions and engage in debate and discussion and for all of those present to be given an opportunity to ask questions, voice their opinions and engage in an open and non-judgemental session.

Undoubtedly one of the highlights of the morning was our fascinating guided tour through Kings Park – including a stroll across the treetop walk – while Olman identified the different flora and fauna that has been an integral part of Aboriginal culture for tens of thousands of years.

“It was a real revelation to see Kings Park through the stories of the ancestors of our guides, to listen to some of Perth’s history from an Aboriginal perspective and to learn the many different ways Aboriginal people utilise the natural environment as part of their daily diet, health care and shelter,” said one team member.

“We now know what to do if we are caught in the bush without a band aid, rope or toilet paper!”

Thanks to all of the team at Aboriginal Awareness Productions and Events for a wonderful morning and we highly recommend it to any organisation wanting a deeper understanding of Aboriginal culture and heritage or who may be contemplating undertaking their own Reconciliation Action Plan journey.

Injury Matters Sustainable Health Review Submission

In June 2017, the Government of Western Australia announced the Sustainable Health Review to prioritise the delivery of patient-centred, high quality and financially sustainable healthcare across the State.

The review involved consultation with a variety of stakeholders including patients and carers, clinicians, community members, non-government organisations, peak bodies and private industry.

Injury Matters submission focused on the significant impact of injury on the health system in Western Australia, affirming the importance of investment in injury prevention and proposing recommendations in the areas of patient first systems, value for money, partnerships, healthy lifestyles and technology and innovation.

To view Injury Matters Sustainable Health Review submission click here.

Injury prevention programs showcased at awards ceremony

The 2017 Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion Awards have been announced with this year’s winners delivering programs that have helped prevent and raise awareness of injury prevention in WA.

The awards ceremony was held yesterday at the Parmelia Hilton in Perth.
This year’s winners were the Royal Life Saving Society WA, Curtin University School of Public Health, City of Bunbury and Shire of Dardanup in partnership with South West and Peel Local Governments, Northam Roadwise Committee and the School Drug Education Road Aware (SDERA).

The Remote Aboriginal Swimming Pools Program (RASP) managed by the Royal Life Saving Society WA, won their award for their program to reduce drowning and aquatic injury and other health related issues in Aboriginal communities.

Curtin University’s entry, a new study conducted by the School of Public Health estimates the incidence and cost of injury in Western Australia and will inform government and non-government programs, policies and services in the future.

The M8 the call can W8 campaign by the City of Bunbury and the Shire of Dardanup developed in 2014 aimed to educate and remind drivers that the use of mobile phones while driving was a major distraction.

The Northam Roadwise Committee developed an Easter campaign in response to the high rates of hospitalisation and deaths from road trauma in the Wheatbelt.

Working with over 120 schools across WA, SDERA’s Changing Health Acting Together (CHAT) provided education and intervention resources that aim to reduce harm from drug use and road-related injuries in young people.

Highly commended nominations were presented to Holyoake, Kidsafe WA, the Public Transport Authority and Royal Perth Hospital.

Injury Matters CEO Sandy Lukjanowski said the acknowledgement of these programs showcased the amazing work being performed by both large organisations and small community outreach groups.

“This year’s awards has attracted a high calibre of nominations, showing us the diverse range of injury prevention work taking place in the state,” she said.

“With the total cost of injury events costing our national economy nearly $10 billion a year, these programs and initiatives are highlighting a much needed area in WA health.”

The biennial awards ceremony, hosted by Injury Matters, started in 2002 to celebrate injury prevention and safety promotion in WA and recognise the action and excellence of those working to prevent injury and promote safety in Western Australia.

Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion Awards

The Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion Awards recognise the action and excellence of those working to prevent injury and promote safety in Western Australia.  The Awards Breakfast will showcase outstanding Western Australian initiatives and programs in health, not-for-profit organisations, community groups, universities and the government sector.

The Awards ceremony will be held on Thursday 23 November 2017 at the Parmelia Hilton in Perth, from 7.30am to 9.30am. Join us for breakfast and help us celebrate the success of the award winners.

Immediately following the Awards Breakfast will be the Injury Prevention Summit, from 10.00am-4.30pm.  The Summit will highlight current directions, trends and practice in injury prevention. Leaders in the field will discuss diversity in injury prevention, child injury, youth injury, older adult injury, road safety, suicide prevention, and alcohol-related harm and violence in a series of expert panel sessions.

Registrations open.

2017 Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion Awards – nominations open

Nominations are now open for the 2017 Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion Awards!

The awards recognise the action and excellence of those working to prevent injury and promote safety in Western Australia.

Applications are encouraged from those leading outstanding initiatives and programs across Western Australia in health, not-for-profit organisations, community groups, educational institutions, and the government sector.

Download the nomination package.

15th World Congress on Public Health

With the theme of Voices, Vision, Action, the 15th World Congress on Public Health in Melbourne, Australia (3-7 April 2017) saw a week of influential speakers come together from around the world with addresses from government representatives and ministers, panel discussions and research presentations, just to name a few.

The congress charged the attendees with taking the next steps to promote health within their own settings and pull from previous charters, such as the Ottawa Charter on Health Promotion 1, to build upon for future directives. Guided by the underlying foundation set out by the United Nation Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the plenary presenters highlighted targets to improve health, protect the planet, end poverty and ensure equality for all.

Prominent topics from the Congress included climate change, gender and racial equality, Indigenous health and social corporate responsibility. The theme of injury remained as a secondary cause of poor health and was addressed within individual streams of oral research presentations, such as drowning, road trauma, violence against women and children, falls, and communities and environments.

However, it was disappointing to see that injury prevention was not a prominent area of focus for this Congress. Injury accounts for 10% of the global burden of disease2 and is the fourth most common cause of death and hospitalisation in Western Australia3, therefore more action is needed to pull injury to the forefront. Injury prevention is inherently interconnected with the SDGs and is recognised as one of the nine Health Priority Areas by the Australian Government4 , highlighting that communities and governments should continue to work together to mitigate risks associated with  injury.

On my personal reflections on the Congress, from the sustainable development goals, to passionate speakers on climate change, to improving health within Indigenous populations, one key thought kept coming into my mind: Solidarity. As discussed by Dr Bettina Borisch from the Institute of Global Health at the University of Geneva, solidarity is when ‘people can unite across our differences, not allowing themselves to be divided and conquered’. As health professionals, it is natural to become siloed within our professional focus, but as we all work to create a society where people live healthy and fulfilling lives, solidarity unites us to create a network that collaborates to take action. I found Dr Borisch’s call to solidarity really resonated with me and made me reflect on our current situation and to endeavour to work better in partnerships to promote health.

With the President of the World Federation of Public Health Associations Michael Moore stating ‘now is the time to take action’, take a moment to read, reflect and support The World Federation of Public Health Associations Demand for Action – Melbourne 2017 which can be found here.

Catrina Wold
Evidence and Practice Lead

1 World Health Organization. Ottawa Charter for Public Health [Internet]. World Health Organization; 1986. Available from:

2 Haagsma JA, Graetz N, Bolliger I, Naghavi M, Higashi H, Mullany EC, et al. The global burden of injury: incidence, mortality, disability-adjusted life years and time trends from the Global Burden of Disease study 2013. Injury Prevention. 2016 Feb;22(1):3–18.

3 Ballestas T, Xiao J, McEvoy S, Somerford P. The Epidemiology of Injury In Western Australia, 2000 – 2008. Perth: Department of Health WA; 2011.

4 Australian Institute of Health and Wellness. National Health Priority Areas [Internet]. AIHW; 2017. Available from:

The RAP Roadshow heads to Albany

The ICCWA team, with expert guidance and assistance from Ingrid Cumming and the Code Switch team, move from Bunbury to Albany this month as part of our 2017 Reconciliation Action Plan Road Show.

We will be in Albany on Wednesday 22 March at the Albany Surf Life Saving Club and would like to hear from you!

Our RAP planning workshop will be fun, engaging and family friendly and will give you the chance to tell us how we can work with you and have a yarn and a feed at the same time!

Please view or download the attached RAP flyer and share it with your networks! We look forward to seeing you there!