Spotlight: Make the Right Call Research Project

The winner of this year’s award was the Make the Right Call research project, conducted by the Collaboration for Evidence, Research and Impact in Public Health (CERIPH) at Curtin University and the Royal Life Saving Society of Western Australia.

The 2021 Injury Matters Outstanding Achievement in Influencing Injury Policy or Practice Award recognises the important role that initiatives have in influencing individuals, agencies and/or decision makers awareness of injury prevention and recovery support as a priority in WA. 

The winner of this year’s award was the Make the Right Call research project, conducted by the Collaboration for Evidence, Research and Impact in Public Health (CERIPH) at Curtin University and the Royal Life Saving Society of Western Australia.  

David Beattie (Injury Matters), Meg Abercromby (Royal Life Saving WA), Malena Della Bona (Curtin University), and Sandy Lukjanowski (Injury Matters)
David Beattie (Injury Matters), Meg Abercromby (Royal Life Saving WA), Malena Della Bona (Curtin University), and Sandy Lukjanowski (Injury Matters)

The partnership between CERIPH and the Royal Life Saving Society WA is recognised within the global drowning prevention industry and continues to reinforce the value of a strong relationship between researchers and practitioners, in helping to identify real-world problems and improve community-based outcomes. 

The most recent collaboration between CERIPH and Royal Life Saving Society WA, and the one that has earnt them this year’s award, aimed to investigate the issue of drowning amongst older people living in Western Australia and how we can work to prevent drowning among this at-risk group.

This issue was explored using a comprehensive three stage, mixed-methods approach and utilised the findings to inform the development of the new ‘Make the Right Call’ public education campaign for Western Australian’s aged 45 years and over. Additionally, this research collaboration has importantly contributed to the body of evidence around the need to implement targeted activities to prevent fatal and non-fatal drowning incidents around the world. 

It is great to see strong evidence and data influencing progress in drowning prevention practice. Congratulations to the Make the Right Call research team.  

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]

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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

Alert | Keeping you Safe Behind the Wheel: Fuel Your Body

Injury Matters is set to launch the second truck safety campaign for the MaPS on our Roads program this April, in time for Easter and the busy holiday period. MaPS on our Roads is dedicated to improving the physical and mental safety of heavy vehicle operators across WA.

The new campaign Your MaP to a Healthy Lifestyle: Fuel Your Body will provide information, tips and resources addressing the effects of nutrition, medication and other drugs can have on the mental and physical safety of heavy vehicle operators while driving.

As an aging population, truck drivers have a higher risk of work-related injuries and disease. Every day in Australia there are 14 claims from the road transport industry for injuries and disease involving one or more weeks off work. The leading types of injury and diseases contributing to this are musculoskeletal (60%), other traumatic joint and muscle conditions (24%) and fractures (9%).

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. New resources and information will be available for drivers and industry at www.injurymatters.org.au/mapsonourroads from 1 April.

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.

Don’t Fall on Your Date, Mate! Get Moving to Prevent Falls

Injury Matters has launched the Stay On Your Feet® Move Your Body Campaign with a community event held in East Fremantle yesterday, supported by, the City of Fremantle, the City of Melville, COTA WA, Melville Cares, and the Stroke Foundation. The crowd enjoyed an informative event, learning how to prevent falls while trying Tai Chi, Chair Yoga and Active Light exercises.

The Move Your Body campaign urges older adults to prevent falls by building their balance and strengthening their legs through fun, regular physical activity. Falls are the leading cause of injury for people aged over 65 in WA, with 1 in 3 adults over 65 having a fall each year.1,2  

In 2018, there were 27,327 falls-related hospitalisations in WA which consumed 172,099 bed days at an approximate cost of $244,845,273.3

Injury Matters Injury Prevention Manager, Rachel Meade said, “A quarter of falls among older adults involve poor balance and changes in walking style,”

“Strong legs are needed to safely climb stairs, help you out of a chair or remain up-right if you get knocked off balance. Good balance is essential for everyday activities such as walking or putting your shoes on,” she said.

“You’re never too old or too young to start. Older adults can maintain and even regain leg strength, balance and mobility by staying active and preforming simple exercises that can be done in your own home,” she said.

The three-month Move Your Body campaign is activated through a range of events taking place across WA. Stay On Your Feet® offers information and resources providing simple, practical tips to get active. 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.

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

References

  1. Chronic Disease Prevention Directorate. Western Australian Health Promotion Strategic Framework 2017 – 2021. (2017). 
  2. Bradley, C., Australian Institute of Health and Welfare & Flinders University. Trends in hospitalisations due to falls by older people, Australia: 1999-00 to 2010-11. (2013). 
  3. Injury Matters: Sweeney, R., Meade, R. and Visser, M. (2020). 2020 Western Australian Falls Report. Perth, Western Australia: Injury Matters. 

Media Release | Report Shows Impact of Falls in the Kimberley

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

The Report shows that the Kimberley region experienced the highest rate of falls-related hospitalisations in the state, with people more than twice as likely to be hospitalised from a fall in the Kimberly than the rest of the state. In 2018, 483 Kimberley residents were hospitalised due to a fall.

Falls are a significant public health issue affecting families and the health care system, with falls ranking as the leading cause of injury hospitalisations and emergency department attendances 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.

Aiming to reduce the incidence of falls in the Kimberley, Boab Health Service has recently commenced a community-based falls prevention program in Broome, as a successful Stay On Your Feet® Improve Your Health grant recipient. Delivered in partnership with Broome Regional Aboriginal Medical Service, the project involves a series of sessions incorporating physical activity, healthy cooking classes, and a range of health professional guest speakers to educate the local community around reducing their experiencing a fall.

Injury Matters Injury Prevention Manager, Rachel Meade 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.”

“Falls don’t have to be part of getting older. They are preventable. By engaging in falls prevention activities, we can help older adults to continue to live healthy, long lives, uninterrupted by falls injuries.”

Read the Report here: www.injurymatters.org.au/2020-wa-falls-report

Find out more about the Stay On Your Feet® program at www.stayonyourfeet.com.au

2020 Western Australian Falls Report 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 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 falls.

REPORT SHOWS IMPACT OF FALLS IN THE WHEATBELT

MEDIA RELEASE

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

The Report shows that the Wheatbelt region experienced one of the highest rates of falls-related hospitalisations in the state, with a staggering 1,024 hospitalisations in 2017.

Falls are a significant public health issue affecting families and the health care system, with falls ranking as the leading cause of injury hospitalisations and emergency department attendances 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.

Last year, Injury Matters partnered with the Shire of Bruce Rock to address the issue of falls in the Wheatbelt town’s ageing population. Engaging with Injury Matters’ Stay On Your Feet® program, the Shire accessed a community grant to deliver the Building Stronger Seniors program. Prior to the implementation of the program, local residents did not have access to a preventative focused exercise program, only local care services due to location.

Significant improvements were recorded in all participants of the program, particularly regarding their stability and strength. Participants reported that they enjoyed the program, no longer required aids to perform certain exercises, had more confidence completing activities of daily living and benefited from the social networking.

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.”

“Through Local Governments like the Shire of Bruce Rock engaging with falls prevention activities, we can help older adults to continue to live healthy, long lives, uninterrupted by falls injuries.”

Read the Report here: https://injurymatters.org.au/2020-wa-falls-report

Find out more about the Stay On Your Feet® program at www.stayonyourfeet.com.au 

2020 Western Australian Falls Report 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.
  • 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 falls.

The Report shows that the Wheatbelt region experienced one of the highest rates of falls-related hospitalisations in the state, with a staggering 1,024 hospitalisations in 2017.

Falls are a significant public health issue affecting families and the health care system, with falls ranking as the leading cause of injury hospitalisations and emergency department attendances 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.

Last year, Injury Matters partnered with the Shire of Bruce Rock to address the issue of falls in the Wheatbelt town’s ageing population. Engaging with Injury Matters’ Stay On Your Feet® program, the Shire accessed a community grant to deliver the Building Stronger Seniors program. Prior to the implementation of the program, local residents did not have access to a preventative focused exercise program, only local care services due to location.

Significant improvements were recorded in all participants of the program, particularly regarding their stability and strength. Participants reported that they enjoyed the program, no longer required aids to perform certain exercises, had more confidence completing activities of daily living and benefited from the social networking.

Injury Matters Injury Prevention Manager, 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.”

“Through Local Governments like the Shire of Bruce Rock engaging with falls prevention activities, we can help older adults to continue to live healthy, long lives, uninterrupted by falls injuries.”

Read the Report here: https://injurymatters.org.au/2020-wa-falls-report

Find out more about the Stay On Your Feet® program at www.stayonyourfeet.com.au 

2020 Western Australian Falls Report 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.
  • 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 falls.

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.

Statement from Injury Matters relating to the Final Report of the Select Committee on Personal Choice and Community Safety

Our position concerning specific findings and recommendations to the Final Report by the Select Committee on Personal Choice and Community Safety titled Community safety: for the greater good, but at what cost? released in May 2020.

In response to the Final Report by the Select Committee on Personal Choice and Community Safety titled Community safety: for the greater good, but at what cost? released in May 2020, Injury Matters affirms the submission put forth on 5 October 2018 by Injury Matters and its partners.1

Download our Response here.

Below outlines Injury Matters position concerning specific findings and recommendations of the report.

Bicycle Helmets

Injury Matters upholds its position that bicycle helmet laws are of critical importance in the reduction of road trauma and do not impinge upon individuals’ liberties. Therefore, helmets should be enforced for all cyclists, both on and off the road with no exemptions. Evidence demonstrates that not wearing a helmet can be the difference between a minor or fatal head injury.2 A 2017 Australian review assessing bicycle helmet effectiveness found that helmet use reduced the odds of head injuries by 51% and fatal head injuries by 65%.3

Injury Matters supports Findings 2 through 5 of the report.

  • Measures such as improved road infrastructure, lower speed limits and greater driver awareness and education are effective tools to increase cycling participation in Western Australia.
  • Head and neck injuries accounted for 25.9 per cent of the cycling injuries between 1999-00 and 2015-16 (and 48 per cent between 2013-14 and 2015-16). Bicycle helmets are an effective safety measure to decrease the risk of such injuries when cycling.
  • While bicycle helmets are effective for reducing the risk of serious or fatal head injuries, they cannot be relied upon as the only method of protecting cyclists. Governments must also ensure that effective bicycle infrastructure, such as separate shared paths or dedicated bicycle lanes, are part of any cycling policy.
  • While the current legislative regime, that mandates the wearing of bicycle helmets while cycling, restricts personal choice for individuals, this regime is clearly an effective safety measure for the prevention of head and brain injuries.

Injury Matters does not support either of the proposed Recommendations 1 or 2. The recommendation to trial no helmet use at Rottnest Island is unrealistic in nature and is not considerate of potential delays medical treatment. This setting does not offer outcomes that are transferable to a real-world setting where road traffic is present.

E-cigarettes

E-cigarette use poses risk to nicotine poisoning and long-term health consequences. Evidence demonstrates that the effects of nicotine exposure range from being relatively mild, including irritation of the eyes and skin, nausea and vomiting, to severe life-threatening illness, and in some cases, death.4 In July 2018, the Medical Journal of Australia published results that revealed from 2009-2016 there were 200 cases of nicotine related poisonings in Western Australia, of which 40% involved children under 15 years of age.5

Injury Matters maintains its position that efforts should be made to increase public awareness of nicotine toxicity and maintain legislation to restrict access.

Injury Matters does not support Recommendation 3 to lift the prohibition on the sale of e-cigarette devices. Should the Tobacco Products Control Act 2006 be amended, then significant regulation would be required to ensure the safety of Western Australians, in particular children and young people.

Safety in water

Injury Matters supports the existing legislation of mandatory pool fencing to prevent toddler drowning. No findings or recommendations were provided in the report relating to pool fencing legislation. Injury Matters maintains the position that mandatory pool fencing should remain legislated in Western Australia in combination with other effective interventions such as public awareness and education when around water. Mandatory pool fencing does not hinder, restrict or impact on pool user wellbeing or enjoyment.

Evidence demonstrates that lifejackets are effective drowning prevention strategies for rivers, adults, older people, young people, weak swimmers and those who fish from rocks or boats.6

Injury Matters reserves comment on Recommendation 10 until the Recreational Vessel Safety Equipment Review is complete.

Injury Matters supports Finding 24 of the report:

  • Mandatory lifejackets may be an appropriate safety measure for areas identified as ‘black spots’, subject to the outcomes of the trial at Salmon Holes.

Concluding comment

The reduction and removal of regulations that safeguard against poor health fail to consider the complexities of society that influence health behaviours. Multiple factors, including individual awareness, knowledge, costs, environmental influences, policy regulations and cultural factors, influence injury prevention and safety promotion decision-making.7

Empowering people to make healthy choices through awareness-raising and education interventions are important approaches, however some health issues must be complemented with policy levers such as infrastructure and legislation to make the healthy choice the easy choice.8

A range of injury prevention interventions are cost-saving in that they cost less to implement then the resource costs they save.9 Injury prevention interventions can therefore represent significant value for money, including bicycle helmets, prohibition of sales of e-cigarette devices and use of lifejackets for safety in water.

Injury Matters continues to support health-driven, evidence-based legislation and policies and supports appropriate legislation and regulations that enable safer people and places, which focus on improving their health by preventing injury.

Injury Matters recommendations in response to the Final Report of the Select Committee on Personal Choice and Community Safety are:

  1. Maintain mandatory bicycle helmet legislation in WA.
  2. Maintain current prohibition of e-cigarette devices in WA.
  3. Maintain mandatory pool barrier legislation in WA.

References

  1.  Injury Matters. Injury Matters Submission to the Inquiry on Personal Choice and Community Safety. (2018).
  2.  Gill, T. Bike helmets: an emergency doctor’s perspective. The Conversation (2013).
  3. Ding Yee Lee, J. The epidemiology of severe and fatal injury among Western Australian cyclists: a linked data analysis. (The University of Western Australia, 2017).
  4. Eggleston, W., Nacca, N., Stork, C. M. & Marraffa, J. M. Pediatric death after unintentional exposure to liquid nicotine for an electronic cigarette. Clinical toxicology (Philadelphia, Pa.) 54, 890—891 (2016).
  5. Huynh, A. et al. Retrospective review of Australian PICs data from 2009 to 2016. Patterns of poisoning exposure at different ages. 2015 annual report of the Australian Poisons Information Centres.
  6. Peden, A. E., Demant, D., Hagger, M. S. & Hamilton, K. Personal, social, and environmental factors associated with lifejacket wear in adults and children: A systematic literature review. PLoS One 13, e0196421–e0196421 (2018).
  7. Injury Matters. Intervention components and types. Know Injury https://knowinjury.org.au/learn/interventions/
  8. World Health Organization. Ottawa Charter for Public Health. (1986).
  9. Pacific Institute for Research Evaluation. Injury prevention: What works? A summary of cost-outcome analysis for injury prevention programs (2014 update). https://www.childrenssafetynetwork.org/publications/whatworks2014 (2014).

Australian health and transport experts call for space for safer walking and cycling

Australian health and transport experts have today called on decision makers to enact urgent measures to support safe walking and cycling and social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Australian health and transport experts have today called on decision makers to enact urgent measures to support safe walking and cycling and social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic. Continue reading “Australian health and transport experts call for space for safer walking and cycling”