Spotlight: Royal Life Saving Society WA, Keep Watch Program

This year’s winner of the Outstanding Achievement in Injury Prevention or Safety Promotion Award was the Royal Life Saving Society of WA’s Keep Watch Program.

The 2021 Injury Matters Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion Awards provided an opportunity to recognise individuals and organisations who are having a positive impact on the community by conducting activities that aim to prevent and reduce the impact of injury within Western Australia. 

This year’s winner of the Outstanding Achievement in Injury Prevention or Safety Promotion Award was the Royal Life Saving Society of WA’s Keep Watch Program.  

David Beattie (Injury Matters), Lauren Nimmo (RLSSWA), Rachel Murray (RLSSWA), and Sandy Lukjanowski (Injury Matters).
David Beattie (Injury Matters), Lauren Nimmo (RLSSWA), Rachel Murray (RLSSWA), and Sandy Lukjanowski (Injury Matters).

Drowning is the leading cause of preventable death in children aged 0–4 years in Australia and toddlers have a greater risk of both fatal and non-fatal drowning than any other age group. Given the vast waterways that surround WA, as well as those which are inland throughout our State, the work to prevent drownings is extensive but so important. 

The Royal Life Saving Society of WA delivers the state-wide toddler drowning prevention program, Keep Watch, to provide parents and carers of children under the age of 5 with information about toddler drowning risks and prevention strategies. The program holds a strong place in the WA community, having been around for over 25 years with a range of achievements in the prevention of injury. The program incorporates several strategies across many platforms to communicate the four Keep Watch messages, Supervise, Restrict, Teach and Respond. 

Members of the Royal Life Saving Society WA team.
Members of the Royal Life Saving Society WA team.

For the first time since record-keeping began, Western Australia recorded zero toddler drowning deaths in 2019/2020. This is a huge achievement, which is largely due to the sustained efforts that Royal Life has done over the life of the program and shows how deserving the organisation and program is for this award.  

The Keep Watch Program is a great example of how evidence-informed work, which is effectively evaluated can achieve great results in the prevention of injury. 

Congratulations to the Royal Life Saving Society of WA for winning the Outstanding Achievement in Injury Prevention or Safety Promotion Award and for the ongoing success of the Keep Watch Program.  

Injury Matters eNews | March 2021

A Message from our Chief Executive

Welcome to our March eNews. It has been an incredibly busy season for the Injury Matters team. We have just held our biennial Injury Prevention Awards and Summit, launched a new Stay On Your Feet® campaign, and are headed into the second MaPS on our Roads campaign in April.

We were also proud to present our Election priorities in the lead up to the WA election. One of these priorities has started some important discussions with the Road Safety Commission that we hope will lead to more prevention and recovery initiatives down the line. You can read more about this below.

Sadly, to date, recorded deaths on our WA roads has been a third higher than the same period last year. We encourage everyone to be safe and alert when driving, particularly during the upcoming Easter long weekend.

Our office will be closed this Friday and Monday. From everyone at Injury Matters, we wish you a safe and happy Easter break.


2021 Injury Matters Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion Awards

Last week, we hosted the 2021 Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion Awards at the beautiful Duxton Hotel in Perth. This biennial event is a great opportunity for the WA heath sector to celebrate our continued successes and innovation in supporting the community.

Congratulations to all the winners and finalists in this years’ awards. This years’ awards attracted a high calibre of nominations, demonstrating both the diverse range of injury issues and innovative activities being conducted in WA to prevent and reduce the impact of injury.


Injury Prevention Summit: Success in the West

Immediately following on from the Awards, we were proud to host the Know Injury Summit. This event brought together injury prevention and safety promotion practitioners, policymakers, and Local Governments from across WA.

The Summit showcased keynote speakers including Professor Caroline Finch AO, Dr Delia Hendrie, and Royal Life Saving WA’s Keep Watch Ambassador, Simone Soto Flores. Attendees were also able to connect with key injury prevention practitioners in breakout sessions, including Associate Professor Roz Walker (UWA), Professor Pat Dudgeon (UWA), Jo Drayton (Holyoake), and Deborah Pyatt (Metropolitan Migrant Resource Centre).

A dynamic panel discussion was also held featuring Dr Delia Hendrie, Injury Matters’ own Rachel Meade, Scott Phillips of Kidsafe WA, and Russ Milner from the Department of Health WA. Thank you to all attendees. We sincerely hope learnings from the Summit will enable you to further build on your skills as an injury prevention and recovery support advocate in your everyday work.


MaPS on our Roads: Fuel Your Body Campaign

We are excited to launch our second campaign within the MaPS program this month. This campaign considers the physical aspect of safety on our roads for truck drivers focusing on nutrition and medication.

The Your MaP to a Healthy Lifestyle: Fuel Your Body campaign aims to raise awareness among heavy vehicle operators of the ways small, healthy lifestyle choices can help them stay alert and safe when driving on our roads. Check out our website for resources and information on the Fuel your Body campaign below.


Stay On Your Feet® Move Your Body Campaign

We launched the latest Stay On Your Feet® Move Your Body Campaign with a community event held in East Fremantle on March 3, supported by the City of Fremantle, the City of Melville, COTA WA, Melville Cares, and the Stroke Foundation.

The Move Your Body campaign urges older adults to prevent falls by building their balance and strengthening their legs through fun, regular physical activity. The three-month campaign is activated through a range of events taking place across WA, including our new resistance bands and user guide. Find out more about the Stay On Your Feet® program and how to prevent falls at www.stayonyourfeet.com.au or contact 1300 30 35 40.


2021 WA State Election Priorities

Prior to the WA State Election and in recognition of the WA Government’s role in reducing the incidence and impact of injury in WA, Injury Matters released our 2021 WA State Election Priorities and welcome action towards a safer WA.

This document outlines five key areas that the incoming WA Government must act on to reduce the cost of injury in WA and the impact on the WA community. Though the election is over, it’s vital we as an injury prevention sector continue to spread the word about the importance of committed action and investment in injury prevention and recovery in WA by writing to your local MP or sharing content via your social media platforms.

Upcoming Events and Travel

Tai Chi for Arthritis and Falls Prevention Instructor Training

Wednesday, 14 April 2021 at 9am – 5pm
Bendat Parent and Community Centre, 36 Dodd Street, Wembley (Tomasi Room)

Would you like to deliver Tai Chi for Arthritis to older adults? Tai Chi for Arthritis is a program designed by Dr Paul Lam and a team of medical specialists and Tai Chi experts. Based on the Sun style of Tai Chi, Tai Chi for Arthritis Prevention is easy to learn, effective and safe. Tai Chi for Arthritis is an evidence-based program that works to prevent falls by improving balance, confidence and muscular strength in older adults.


After a Crash: Looking After Yourself and Others – Lake Grace

Wednesday, 28 April 2021, at 9 am – 1 pm.
Lake Grace Community Resource Centre, Bishop St & School Pl, Lake Grace WA

Road Trauma Support WA is hosting an information session for anyone wanting to know how they can support themselves, a family member, friend, or loved one affected by a road crash.


After a Crash: Looking After Yourself and Others – Collie

Thursday, 29 April 2021 at 10:00am – Noon
Collie Family Centre, 5 Forrest Street, Collie WA

Road Trauma Support WA is hosting an information session for anyone wanting to know how they can support a family member, friend or themselves through unexpected grief or loss.


Frailty and Falls Prevention Webinar

4 May 2021 at 10am – 11am

Join Injury Matters for the “Frailty and Falls Prevention webinar”. A presentation will be provided by Tony Petta, Senior Physiotherapist Falls Clinic, Department of Health. This webinar will provide participant’s with the knowledge and confidence to identify and assess for frailty in older adults and recommend the appropriate interventions.


Scooter-related Injuries Webinar

3 June 2021 at 10am – 11am

Join Injury Matters and the Australasian Injury Prevention Network for the ‘Scooter Safety Webinar’. This webinar will focus on some of these high-risk transportation devices by exploring the incidence of injury due to e-scooter and mobility scooter use. Special guests and experts in the space, Professor Joan Ozanne-Smith and Professor Kristen Vallmuur will join us to share their expertise.

Team Updates

We have two current vacancies available in our team, and we’d love you to share them! These include Injury Prevention Officer – Workforce Engagement and Injury Prevention Officer – Special Projects.

We are also excited to be hosting new student placements for our Road Trauma Support WA service in 2021. You can find out more information regarding our vacancies, volunteering, and student placement opportunities below.

MEDIA RELEASE | Talking Trucks: Fuel Your Body Like You Fuel Your Truck

Injury Matters has launched the second truck safety campaign for MaPS on our Roads, the latest program dedicated to improving the physical and mental safety of heavy vehicle operators across WA.

The Your MaP to a Healthy Lifestyle: Fuel Your Body campaign aims to increase awareness of heavy vehicle operators of the effects of nutrition, medication and other drugs on their mental and physical safety while driving. 

Injury Matters Recovery Support Manager, Christine Smith said, “As an aging population truck drivers have a higher risk of work-related injuries and disease. The impact of good nutrition and well-managed medicine use can make all the difference to the wellbeing of our hardest workers.”

Both medication and food can impact a driver’s alertness, vision and concentration behind the wheel. A range of factors can influence the eating behaviours of heavy vehicle operators, including irregular mealtimes, eating while driving, excessive caffeine intake and limited access to healthy food options.

Meanwhile, medication side effects can influence cognition, including reduce mental alertness, slow the central nervous system, blur vision, cause dizziness and reduce coordination. This combination can put drivers at risk.

MaPS on our Roads provides information, tips, and resources for both heavy vehicle operators and the companies that employ them to enable them to make healthy choices at work.

Ms Smith continued, “Healthy drivers are safer drivers. Life on the road can be tough on the physical health of drivers and focusing on what small changes can benefit their body in the long term is vital to keep this industry healthy and to keep them moving,”

“As we get older, the way our body processes food, drinks and medications can change. We can start to experience side effects from medications, which we never previously experienced. These side effects can increase the more medications you take.”

“It’s important to understand the medications you take and how they may disrupt your ability to keep safe on the road”

“Medications include prescriptions, over the counter from pharmacies and health food stores, including herbal products. It’s important to talk to your pharmacist or GP about potential side effects of your medications,” she said.

Program resources and information is available at www.injurymatters.org.au/mapsonourroads. The MaPS on our Roads project is funded as part of the Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative, administered by the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator on behalf of the Commonwealth Government.

Injury Matters is committed to collaborating and listening to those within the heavy vehicle industry. If you or someone you know is working or has worked in the industry, contact us on 6166 7688 or email [email protected]

Ends

For further information, interview and photo opportunities, contact Communications and Marketing Coordinator 6166 7688 or [email protected]

Local WA Prevention and Recovery Initiatives Celebrated by Injury Matters

The 2021 Injury Matters Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion Awards Breakfast on Thursday 25 March showcased the amazing work that is being done to prevent and reduce the impact of injury within Western Australia. People from across WA came together to celebrate their achievements and acknowledge the leading injury prevention and recovery work happening in WA.   

2021 Injury Matters Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion Award Winners: 

Outstanding Achievement in Injury Prevention or Safety Promotion 
Royal Life Saving Society WA, Keep Watch Program. 

Outstanding Achievement in Injury Recovery 
Black Swan Health, Men of Hope. 

Outstanding Achievement in Influencing Injury Policy or Practice 
Collaboration for Evidence, Research and Impact in Public Health at Curtin University and the Royal Life Saving Society of Western Australia, Make the Right Call research project. 

Outstanding Achievement Empowering WA to Prevent Injury or Support Recovery 
Royal Perth Hospital, Prevent Alcohol and Risk-related Trauma in Youth Program. 

Outstanding Achievement in Collaboration for a Safer WA 
Holyoake Wheatbelt Community Alcohol & Drug Service, The WCADS Prevention Team. 

Outstanding Achievement in Injury Prevention or Recovery Support Within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities 
South West Aboriginal Medical Service, Barang Koorliny (Get Moving) Program. 

Outstanding Achievement by a Local Government in Injury Prevention or Recovery Support 
City of Kwinana and the South Metropolitan Health Service, The Kwinana Falls Prevention Project. 

The 2021 Injury Matters Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion Awards finalists were reflective of the breadth and diversity of injury in WA, with initiatives focusing on a range of injury topics and across different levers of influence, from grassroots initiatives through to policy changes.   

Injury Matters would like to congratulate all of this year’s award winners and finalists for their contribution to creating a safer WA.  

For more information or photo’s please contact Ashleigh Kostecki, Injury Matters Communications & Marketing Coordinator on (08) 6166 7688.  

Sandy Lukjanowski
Rachel Meade
CERIPH AND RLSSWA
Royal Perth Hospital
Holyoake Wheatbelt
Black Swan Health
SWAMS
RLSSWA

COVID-19 Lockdown | February 2021

In line with current health advice, our physical office will be closed this week, commencing 1 February 2021, continuing until 14 February 2021. Our team will remain available via email and phone on (08) 6166 7688 during normal office hours.

Any Road Trauma Support WA clients will be contacted at the first available time to discuss their appointment with one of our team. Stay On Your Feet Falls Prevention Program presentations booked for this week will be rescheduled by a member of our team as soon as possible.

If you require immediate support during this time, please contact Lifeline WA on 13 11 14.

Stay safe, stay home, and let’s see this lockdown through 🧡

Injury Matters 2021 WA State Election Priorities

In light of the upcoming WA State Election and in recognition of the WA Government’s role in reducing the incidence and impact of injury in WA, Injury Matters recently released it’s 2021 WA State Election Priorities and welcome action towards a safer WA. This document outlines five key areas that the incoming WA Government must act on to reduce the cost of injury in WA and the impact on the WA community.

Injury Matters seeks the following commitments from the WA political parties:

  1. Increased, long-term investment in injury prevention and recovery. 
  2. Introduce a minimum unit price for alcohol.  
  3. Development of a guiding strategy for preventing falls in WA. 
  4. Development of a mandated referral pathway enabling automatic referrals for post-crash support after a serious road traffic incident.
  5. Amend firearms legislation to ensure WA complies with all commitments of the National Firearms Agreement 2017. 

In the lead up to the 2021 WA State Election, Injury Matters encourages the broader WA injury prevention sector to help spread the word about the importance of committed action and investment in injury prevention and recovery in WA by writing to your local MP or sharing content via your social media platforms.

Additionally you can join Injury Matters at the WA Public Health Pre-Election Forum on Wednesday 3rd February, to hear from Politicians and Candidates from the major political parties about their public health policies. To RSVP to the Forum click here.

Click here to access Injury Matters 2021 WA State Election Priorities.

Injury Matters eNews | December 2020

In this Edition:


A Message from our Chief Executive

Sandy Lukjanowski

Well, what a year 2020 proved to be! 

Looking at the year in review, it has been a positive year for Injury Matters, despite unusual, sometimes confronting, global circumstances. This year saw our continued commitment to preventing and reducing the impact of injury in Western Australia.

Injury Matters was fortunate to be in a position to continue to offer all of our programs and services largely uninterrupted, albeit in a COVID-safe manner.

Coming towards the end of our three-year Strategic Plan, it is clear our organisation has taken significant steps forward in the way we work – both as conscious members of the WA community and as global citizens promoting health and safety. From our day-to-day administration to our engagement with the community, our strategy is reflected in our person-centred, pragmatic approach to fulfilling Injury Matters’ vision of safer people and places.

This year we have deepened our dedication to reconciliation, with a focus on further developing and strengthening relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. As a team, we have continued to listen and learn from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. We continued to increase our understanding of our individual and organisational sphere of influence to advance reconciliation and empower the community. As such, next year, we aim to solidify this dedication by advancing to an Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan.

In late 2019, Injury Matters proudly launched a new program, Mental and Physical Safety (MaPS) on our Roads. This program aims to reduce harm and increase safety for the Heavy Vehicle workforce, with our first campaign, Your MaP to Recovery: After a Road Crash, launching in September 2020. Keep an eye out as we look to launch the second campaign in early 2021.

Throughout the year, our team continued to deliver relevant, innovative training, events and resources, including the second WA Falls Report, while providing flexible and caring support to those impacted by road trauma in WA. We encourage you to engage with our programs and services by visiting our website, following our social media or contacting our friendly team.

I am proud of all that Injury Matters has achieved this year because our team remains aware that behind each injury statistic, there are stories, families and communities which reinforce the importance of our work.

Finally, it remains for me to thank the Injury Matters team, which encompasses our board, volunteers, ambassadors, patron and students, for their commitment to living our values every day. We appreciate our funding partners, the WA Department of Health, the WA Road Safety Commission, the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator, and our stakeholders, for their ongoing commitment to reducing the impact of injury.

From all of us at Injury Matters, we wish you a safe festive season and look forward to seeing you in 2021!

Sandy Lukjanowski
Chief Executive, Injury Matters


The Injury Matters office will be closed from Friday, 25 December 2020 and will reopen on Monday, 4 January 2021. If you require immediate support in this period, please call LifeLine on 13 11 14.


World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims 2020

Sunday, 15 November, marked the annual World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims hosted by Injury Matters. Road Safety Minister, Hon. Michelle Roberts MLA, and Commissioner for Road Safety, Adrian Warner, joined key road safety figures to pay respects to all those lost or injured on Western Australian roads and to share their perspective on the future of road safety. Injury Matters advocate Anne Rigby Hatton also shared her experience of road trauma, and hopes for the future.

The World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims has become an important event in recognising the far-reaching impact road trauma has on road users, witnesses, emergency, and medical personnel. This year’s theme, Remember, Support, Act, reminds all road users of their role in keeping our roads safe in remembrance of those lost or injured on them. 

The day launched the rescheduled National Road Safety Week for WA, where the McGowan Government set an ambitious target to reduce road fatalities and severe injuries to zero by 2050 in Driving Change – Road Safety Strategy for Western Australia 2020 – 2030.


Mental and Physical Safety on our Roads

Injury Matters officially launched the Mental and Physical Safety on our Roads (MaPS on our Roads) program at the 24th Transafe WA Road Transport Industry Safety Forum in Wembley, with support from the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) in late September 2020.

The first MaPS on our Roads campaign, Your MaP to Recovery: After a Road Crash focuses on the importance of staying mentally and physically well on the road, looking after themselves and others after a road crash, and the supports available to help.

The first program resource, Has a Road Crash Changed Your Life? provides information on the common types of loss or changes in life after a road crash and ways to support yourself. We are growing our range of resources which aim to keep our heavy vehicle operators mentally and physically safe on our roads, co-designing with members of the heavy vehicle industry.

Since launch, the Injury Matters team have worked with industry groups such as Transafe WA, Goldstar Transport… et al to raise awareness, start conversations and improve the safety of drivers.

We are looking forward to the second MaPS on our Roads campaign launching in April 2021.


2020 Western Australian Falls Report

In September, Injury Matters in partnership with the WA Department of Health launched the 2020 Western Australian Falls Report. The Report highlights the significant incidence of falls-related fatalities, hospitalisations, and emergency department attendances in the state.

Falls are a significant public health issue affecting Western Australian families and the economy, with falls ranking as the leading cause of injury fatalities and injury hospitalisations in WA. The Report shows someone died every 26 hours in WA due to a falls-related injury in 2017; while older adults and those in regional WA remain overrepresented in falls injury statistics.

Key findings, in Western Australia:

  • Every 26 hours someone died due to a falls-related injury in 2017.
  • Every 19 minutes someone was admitted to hospital due to a falls-related injury in 2018.
  • Every 12 minutes someone presented to the emergency department due to a falls-related injury in 2018.
  • 329 falls-related fatalities in 2017.
  • 27,327 falls-related hospitalisations in 2018.
  • Individuals aged 80 years and over experience the highest rate of falls-related injuries.
  • Females experienced a higher rate of falls-related hospitalisations and emergency department attendances in 2018.
  • The Kimberley region had the highest of rate of falls-related hospitalisations in 2018.
  • 42,384 falls-related emergency department presentations in 2018.
  • $215.2 million was paid in lost-time compensation claims in 2018 due to a workplace fall.

Remove Hazards Campaign Summary

On 1 September 2020, Injury Matters launched the Stay On Your Feet® Remove Hazards Campaign, at the Mandurah Seniors and Community Centre. The event was supported by the City of Mandurah with stalls from Emprise Mobility, Silver Chain, Pets of Older Persons (POOPS), Mandurah Podiatry, Podiatry WA, Indigo, VisAbility and the Paraplegic Benefit Fund. The campaign ran until 30 November 2020.

Remove Hazards is one part of the Move Improve Remove messaging used to encourage older adults to stay safe, independent, and prevent falls. In addition to behavioural changes, it is important for older adults to make changes to their physical environment to minimise the risk of a fall. An individual’s physical environment is of particular risk for older adults who have reduced physical, sensory or cognitive capacity.

The Remove Hazards campaign aims to educate older adults and health and community workers on the importance of creating safe environments, as well as looking after your eyesight and feet to prevent falls and promote healthy ageing.


2021 Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion Awards and Summit

The 2021 Injury Matters Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion Awards recognise individuals and organisations who are having a positive impact on the community by conducting activities that aim to prevent and reduce the impact of injury within Western Australia.

Following the Awards, the Injury Prevention Summit 2021 that brings together injury prevention and safety promotion practitioners, policymakers and Local Governments from across Western Australia to build injury prevention and safety promotion activities within your work.

The Summit will showcase keynote speakers who have a broad understanding of the current state of injury prevention in Western Australia. Breakout sessions will include a focus on success factors for injury prevention within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, Culturally and Linguistically Diverse people, and regional and remote communities.

The Injury Prevention Summit will provide an opportunity for attendees to contribute to discussion, as well as exchange knowledge, ideas, and information across WA.

Registrations close Thursday 18th March 2021.


In the MidWest

In early November, Injury Prevention team members Cat, Joanne and Sophie headed North to host a series of free community events and presentations across Geraldton, and the surrounding area as part of the Stay On Your Feet® falls prevention campaign, Remove Hazards.

Delivered in partnership with the WA Country Health Service Midwest, the Remove Hazards event aimed to raise awareness of the importance of creating safe environments as well as looking after your eyesight and feet to prevent falls and promote healthy ageing.

The trip was a great success and an opportunity for us to engage directly with the community in the Midwest.


Seniors Week 2020

This year’s Seniors Week was a great success. We were pleased to support three community events between the 8th and 15th of November which provided a great opportunity to chat to community members.

See what we got up to this year below. We are already looking forward to Seniors Week 2021!


Givit Donation

In October, we had the opportunity to donate some of our pre-loved tech items to the team at GIVIT.

GIVIT channel much-needed items to support vulnerable people and communities in Australia – people recovering from disaster events, hardships, domestic and family violence, homelessness, disability and mental health.

Anyone can donate, and you should too!


Visit to Guilderton, Gingin

The Recovery Support team visited Guilderton in late November 2020 to deliver a workshop presentation to inform the community about grief and trauma and give them the tools on how to support themselves and their families.

The workshop was a great success and a fruitful opportunity for us to engage directly with the community regarding the impact of road trauma.


The Injury Matters office will be closed from Friday, 25 December 2020 and will reopen on Monday, 4 January 2021

If you require immediate support in this period, please call LifeLine on 13 11 14.

MEDIA RELEASE | MaPS on our Roads Launched: A Map to Heavy Vehicle Safety

MaPS on our Roads Launched: A Map to Heavy Vehicle Safety Injury Matters has officially launched the Mental and Physical Safety on our Roads (MaPS on our Roads) program at the 24th Transafe WA Road Transport Industry Safety Forum.

MaPS on our Roads Launched: A Map to Heavy Vehicle Safety Injury Matters has officially launched the Mental and Physical Safety on our Roads (MaPS on our Roads) program at the 24th Transafe WA Road Transport Industry Safety Forum in Wembley, with support from the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR).

This program aims to support heavy vehicle operators maintain mental and physical wellbeing in their work. In WA, 207 people were killed in 185 crashes involving heavy vehicles between 2008 and 2016. With a vast and remote road network in WA, truck drivers are often the first on scene of a road crash and may have to provide critical first aid assistance.

Injury Matters Chief Executive, Sandy Lukjanowski said, “This program will provide information and education to assist heavy vehicle operators in how they manage the impact a road crash may have on them after the scene is cleared.”

“Given the distances travelled on our expansive road network in WA, coupled with an aging workforce, addressing the physical safety and mental health among heavy vehicle operators is vital to help keep this industry safe on our roads.”

The first MaPS on our Roads campaign, Your MaP to Recovery: After a Road Crash focuses on the importance of staying mentally and physically well on the road, looking after themselves and others after a road crash, and the supports available to help.

“Heavy vehicle safety is a responsibility for all road users, and through local safety programs we can make our roads safer for everyone,” Ms Lukjanowski said.

NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto said that the project was funded as part of the Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative (HVSI).

“The HVSI provides funding to implementable, value-for-money projects that focus on improving road safety,” Mr Petroccitto said.

“Life on the road can be very tough on the mental and physical health of drivers and focusing on what we can do to support better health outcomes is a key priority for the NHVR.

“Healthy drivers are safer drivers. Projects like MaPS that address the specific health challenges faced by drivers are critical to improving the overall wellbeing of our industry.”

Between 2019-20, Injury Matters conducted group consultations, in-depth interviews, and a heavy vehicle operator survey with those working within the heavy vehicle industry to form this campaign. These consultations confirmed that heavy vehicle operators are often the first to come across the scene of a road crash.

Ms Lukjanowski said, “Heavy vehicle operators are exposed to road crashes more than most, and it is important that the industry itself supports mateship, encouraging those working to check in on their mates if they have been involved in a crash.”

“Support is available, and we understand everyone’s experience is personal to them. We encourage everyone to use healthy coping strategies, recognise when they may need some additional support and to reach out if in need of support,” Ms Lukjanowski said.

Project resources and information is available at www.injurymatters.org.au/mapsonourroads

Sandy Lukajowski with Celia Hammond MP

Injury Matters is committed to collaborating and listening to those within the heavy vehicle industry. If you or someone you know is working or has worked in the industry, contact us on 6166 7688 or email [email protected] 

The MaPS on our Roads project is funded as part of the Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative, administered by the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator on behalf of the Commonwealth Government.

More photos coming soon.

MEDIA ALERT | Launching: MaPS on our Roads Program

Injury Matters will officially launch the Mental and Physical Safety on our Roads (MaPS on our Roads) program at the 24th Transafe WA Road Transport Industry Safety Forum in Wembley.

WHEN | Wednesday, 23 September 2020 at 8am (sharp) – 9:30am

WHERE | Bendat Parent and Community Centre (Auditorium)
36 Dodd St, Wembley WA 6014

Opening address by Celia Hammond MP, Member for Curtin.

This program aims to support heavy vehicle operators maintain mental and physical wellbeing in their work.  In WA, 207 people were killed in 185 crashes involving heavy vehicles between 2008 and 2016. With a vast and remote road network in WA, truck drivers are often the first on scene of a road crash and may have to provide critical first aid assistance.

Injury Matters Recovery Support Manager, Christine Smith said, “This program will provide information and education to assist heavy vehicle operators in how they manage the impact a road crash may have on them after the scene is cleared.” 

“Given the distances travelled on our expansive road network in WA, coupled with an aging workforce, addressing the physical safety and mental health among heavy vehicle operators is vital to help keep this industry safe on our roads.” 

The first MaPS on our Roads campaign, Your MaP to Recovery: After a Road Crash, focuses on the importance of staying mentally and physically well on the road after a road incident, and the supports available after a crash.

Injury Matters is committed to collaborating and listening to those within the heavy vehicle industry. If you or someone you know is working or has worked in the industry, contact us on 6166 7688 or email [email protected].

The MaPS on our Roads project is funded as part of the Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative, administered by the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator on behalf of the Commonwealth Government.

For further information, interview, and photo opportunities, contact Communications and Marketing Coordinator 6166 7688 or [email protected]

2020 WA Falls Report: Released

Injury Matters, in partnership with the WA Department of Health, has launched the 2020 Western Australian Falls Report. The Report highlights the significant incidence of falls-related fatalities, hospitalisations, and emergency department attendances in the state.

Falls are a significant public health issue affecting Western Australian families and the economy, with falls ranking as the leading cause of injury fatalities and injury hospitalisations in WA. The Report shows someone died every 26 hours in WA due to a falls-related injury in 2017; while older adults and those in regional WA remain overrepresented in falls injury statistics.

Injury Matters Chief Executive, Sandy Lukjanowski said, “This report demonstrates that falls continue to have large impact on the WA community. Behind every number in this Report are real people who have had their lives impacted by a fall.”

“1 in 3 people over the age of 65 have a fall each year, with some resulting in serious injury and hospitalisation, but falls are preventable – they don’t just happen,” Ms Lukjanowski said.

Injury Matters delivers the Stay On Your Feet® program, which aims to reduce falls and fall related injuries while encouraging confidence in independent living.

The Stay On Your Feet® Move Improve Remove campaigns provide information, resources, and education to on how to keep active and alert to prevent slips, trips and falls. To prevent falls: move your body, improve your health and remove hazards.

Key findings, in Western Australia:

  • Every 26 hours someone died due to a falls-related injury in 2017.
  • Every 19 minutes someone was admitted to hospital due to a falls-related injury in 2018.
  • Every 12 minutes someone presented to the emergency department due to a falls-related injury in 2018.
  • 329 falls-related fatalities in 2017.
  • 27,327 falls-related hospitalisations in 2018.
  • Individuals aged 80 years and over experience the highest rate of falls-related injuries.
  • Females experienced a higher rate of falls-related hospitalisations and emergency department attendances in 2018.
  • The Kimberley region had the highest of rate of falls-related hospitalisations in 2018.
  • 42,384 falls-related emergency department presentations in 2018.
  • $215.2 million was paid in lost-time compensation claims in 2018 due to a workplace fall.