The World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims 2019

The third Sunday of each November is World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims.  The World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims has become an important global event in recognising the far-reaching impact road trauma has on road users, witnesses, emergency and medical personnel.

This year’s theme of “Life is not a Car Part” reflects the value of human lives affected by road crashes and the collaborative effort needed to reduce death and injury on our roads.

World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims Injury Matters Event

Iain Cameron, Christine Smith, Sandy Lukjanowski and Hon. Michelle Roberts MLA.

Injury Matters hosted a commemorative event at the UWA Watersports Complex, with gorgeous views over the Swan River. The day began with a traditional smoking ceremony lead by Aboriginal Elder, Marie Taylor.

World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims Injury Matters EventAboriginal Elder, Marie Taylor performing the smoking ceremony.

Road Safety Minister, Hon. Michelle Roberts MLA, Chairman of the Road Safety Council, Iain Cameron, and State Director of Trauma, Dr Sudhakar Rao, joined key road safety figures to share their perspective on the future of road safety.

World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims Perth Injury Matters Event

Dr Sudhakar Rao

World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims Perth Injury Matters Event

Hon. Michelle Roberts MLA

World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims Perth Injury Matters Event

Iain Cameron

Injury Matters Ambassador, Ninja Warrior, Invictus Games Dual Medallist, Navy Sailor and True Grit Mark Daniels, presented his story of overcoming road trauma as a through knee amputee. Advocate and Perth mother, Louise Clarke, also shared her story of losing her daughter, Bronnie, to a road crash and the ripple effect road trauma can have.

World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims Perth Injury Matters Event

Mark Daniels

World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims Perth Injury Matters Event

Louise Clarke

Life is not replaceable, like a car part. Our lives often require us to use road transport for personal, recreational and work purposes in different ways; as pedestrians, bicycle or motorcycle riders, car, bus, or truck drivers and more. Yet this necessity should not risk or take our lives, or the lives of others.

There have already been 146 deaths on WA roads in 2019, with thousands more seriously injured. The grief, pain and trauma caused by road crashes can be felt long after the incident.

Injury Matters delivers Road Trauma Support WA, the state’s only dedicated road trauma support service, providing free information, support and counselling to anyone impacted by road trauma.

We urge all road users to be mindful of what they can do to ensure they are safe on our roads.

The only acceptable aim is zero road deaths.

Thank you to all that attended this important day. View the full gallery of photos from the event here.

World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims Perth Injury Matters Event

Christine Smith, Sandy Lukjanowski, Mark Daniels, Cayley Jones and Justin Shute

World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims Perth Injury Matters Event

Christine Smith and WA Police Commander Scanlan APM

World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims Perth Injury Matters Event

Wayne and Jackie Pemberton with Garry Mews

World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims Perth Injury Matters Event

Dr Sudhakar Rao, Annie-Marie Farley, Iain and Julie Cameron

World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims Perth Injury Matters Event

Sandy Lukjanowski, Mark Daniels and Louise Clarke

Injury Matters in Broome

Injury Matters will be in Broome from Monday 25 November to Friday 29 November, to conduct a number of activities that aim to reduce the impact of injury within the Kimberley region.

Injury Matters will be in Broome from Monday 25 November to Friday 29 November, to conduct a number of activities that aim to reduce the impact of injury within the Kimberley region.

Our Road Trauma Support WA (RTSWA) service will be facilitating an “Understanding and Working with Road Trauma” workshop on Wednesday 27 November for Main Roads WA staff. This workshop will increase participants understanding of, and ways of working with those experiencing, grief, loss and trauma, the impact of road trauma, how to look after self and stay well and how and when to seek professional help following a road traffic crash in WA.

If you are interested in our RTSWA service conducting a similar workshop with your staff members, please call (08) 6166 7688.

To support our new heavy vehicle road safety project, Mentally and Physically Safe on our Roads (MaPS) we will also be consulting with the local community regarding the challenges that local heavy vehicle operators face in maintaining their health and wellbeing. If you are based in the Kimberley region, work in the heavy vehicle industry and are interested in being involved in this consultation process, please contact us to arrange a time to gather your feedback. 

Want to know more about MaPS on our Roads? Contact info@injurymatters.org.au

Our team is also offering a free community falls prevention presentation at the Broome Community Resource Centre (CRC) on Thursday, 28 November at 3:30pm. See the CRC Facebook for more details.

We have times available for any organisation or group who would like us to present to their staff. Injury presentation topics include:

  • The incidence of injury in the Kimberley;
  • Understanding of grief and loss after road trauma; and
  • Supporting yourself or others after road trauma.

2019 Western Australian Falls Report

Injury Matters has launched the 2019 Western Australian Falls Report. It is the first of its kind in WA, highlighting the 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.

This report is a vital step in understanding the incidence of falls in Western Australia and implementing effective falls prevention policy and initiatives. Injury Matters developed the report with funding from the Western Australian Department of Health.

Read the 2019 Western Australian Falls Report below.

2019 WA Falls Report Cover Page

 

 

Move Your Body Campaign Launch

Last week, we launched the newest Stay On Your Feet® Move Your Body campaign at Melville LeisureFit on the 4th of September at 2pm.

Last week, we launched the newest Stay On Your Feet® Move Your Body campaign at Melville LeisureFit on the 4th of September at 2pm.

Community members enjoyed a Tai Chi and Active Light exercise class before a light afternoon tea, while learning the importance of staying active at every stage of life, especially as we age.

It was a great day connecting with the community and providing all in attendance the opportunity to find or reconnect with a passion for moving their bodies. See some images from the day below!

It’s never too late to start moving your body, to find out more about the campaign, visit the Stay On Your Feet® website.

Sustainability Matters: long term funding, growth

We have had a great contract news this year, with extended contracts for our existing programs alongside new funding granted by the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator.

We have had great contract news this year, with extended contracts for our existing programs alongside new funding granted by the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator. These longer-term agreements will enable us to further solidify ourselves as an asset to the WA community, while our new program funding will allow us to reach even more of the community in need, for the next 5 years.

Injuries remain a major public health issue, and we are impressed by the commitment the government has shown in backing initiatives like our Know Injury and Stay On Your Feet® programs, as well as our friends at Kidsafe and Royal Life Saving Society WA, for injury prevention.

Health Minister, Roger Cook said, “The McGowan Government is committed to the ongoing support of initiatives and NGOs who help reduce preventable health problems for Western Australians and relieve the pressure on our public health system.”

“These are important contracts with expert organisations who help promote healthy lifestyles, prevent injury and reduce the need for hospital admissions,” Mr Cook said.

You can get involved with the upcoming Stay On Your Feet® campaign HERE.

Additionally, we were excited to be awarded $436,000 of heavy vehicle safety funding to support the Mentally and Physically Safe on our Roads (MaPS) project, through the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator’s (NHVR) 2019 Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative, supported by the Federal Government.

The MaPS project is the first of its kind in Australia, and proposing to deliver an innovative mental and physical safety program specifically targeting heavy vehicle operators through information and education over the next 2 years.

With WA’s vast and remote road network, heavy vehicle operators are often the first to come across the scene of a road crash. Being first on scene, providing assistance, witnessing, being involved in or causing a crash, can have a traumatic and long lasting impact.

MaPS will focus on improving awareness and knowledge amongst heavy vehicle operators of the importance of maintaining good health, physically and mentally, as a means of staying safe on our roads.

This program will be fortified by our experience from the Road Trauma Support WA program, which has also received longer-term funding through the Road Safety Commission WA. These initiatives will work to further support the WA community and continue to reduce, and support recovery from, injuries on our roads.

Keep an eye out on our website for more information as the program takes shape.

Move Your Body grants now open

Expressions of interest now open for the Stay On Your Feet® Move Improve Remove grants, , available in amounts up to $5000, will fund projects running between 1 September and 30 November 2019.

Expressions of interest now open for the Stay On Your Feet® Move Improve Remove grants. The grants, available in amounts up to $5000, will fund projects running between 1 September and 30 November 2019. The campaigns key messages and calls to action focus on the importance of improving older adults balance and leg strength to prevent falls by finding enjoyable activities that allow for ongoing improvement.

Grants are open to community groups and not-for-profit organisations, health professionals, community workers and fitness professionals working with older adults, retirement and lifestyle villages, local government and population health units. Hospitals, residential care facilities and applicants without an ABN are not eligible.

Click here to download the Move Your Body grant application form or visit https://www.stayonyourfeet.com.au/health-professionals/campaigns/grants/ to find out more.

How do we evolve as an injury prevention community?

Written by Rachel Meade, Injury Prevention Manager at Injury Matters.

From the 5-7 November 2018, the 13th World Safety Conference on Injury Prevention was held in Bangkok, Thailand. This event brought  together over a thousand of the world’s leading researchers, practitioners, policy makers and activists to share information and experience on injury prevention. This year’s theme was Advancing Injury And Violence Prevention Towards Sustainable Development Goals.

The juxtaposition of an injury prevention conference with the ever-present challenges of injury in Bangkok were significant. It was eye-opening to see the challenges locals face on a daily basis; while navigating the streets of Bangkok, road safety, burns, falls and electrical hazards were never far from my mind.

The conference highlighted that global progress in injury prevention is too slow, and how we need to look beyond the public health sector for solutions and improvements.

It was the opinion of Professor Adnan Hyder of John Hopkins University that as a community, we need to think of safety as a value if we are to overcome challenges. As public health professionals, we need to look beyond the risk factors for injury and look at the social issues which enable the risk factors to be present.

We need to advocate and be outraged that people are dying and being seriously injured at the rate that they are.

In 2015, 2474 people died from falls in Australia. Where is the outrage at this? If there was a singular event that resulted in that many fatalities there would be significant attention in the media, but because it is individuals and not a collective the attention is not given. Injury is a significant public health priority in Australia and we need to make more noise to bring it to the forefront of the community.

Safety and injury prevention is everyone’s business. We need action across government departments, by NGOs, industry and importantly by community. We need to change our mindset when we think of safety, where it is something we value and think of the whole system to solve the problem.

At the end of the conference five solutions were suggested:

  1. Strengthen government leadership and accountability
  2. Strengthen legislation and regulation
  3. Shaping social norms
  4. Scaling up interventions for injury and violence prevention
  5. Strengthening monitoring and capacities

As a developed nation, Australia is in the fortunate position that we are advanced in some areas where the solutions were placed such as legislation and regulation.

One area where I think we need to focus on is the shaping of social norms, particularly with all forms of interpersonal violence and alcohol; which are supported and enabled through legislation, regulation and leadership.

We need to focus our efforts on the people who need our assistance the most, the vulnerable.

The conference concluded with the reading of the Bangkok statement which can be found on  www.worldsafety2018.org and announced the next conference to be hosted by the Public Health Association of  Australia in Adelaide in November 2020. Perhaps in two years we will see how injury prevention has evolved, shaped by the evidence of what we know works and implementing interventions with the people who are in need.