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.

Annual Reports

Find all of the Injury Matters formerly the Injury Control Council of WA’s Annual Reports here.

Injury Matters Annual Report 2016/2017

ICCWA Annual Report 2015/2016

ICCWA Financial Report 2015/2016

ICCWA Annual Report 2014/2015

ICCWA Financial Report 2014/2015

ICCWA Annual Report 2013/2014

ICCWA Financial Report 2013/2014

ICCWA Annual Report 2012/2013

ICCWA Financial Report 2012/2013

ICCWA Annual Report 2011/2012

ICCWA Financial Report 2011/2012

ICCWA Annual Report 2010/2011

ICCWA Financial Report 2010/2011

ICCWA Annual Report 2009/2010

ICCWA Financial Report 2009/2010

ICCWA Annual Report 2008/2009

ICCWA Annual Report 2007/2008

ICCWA Annual Report 2006/2007

ICCWA Annual Report 2005/2006

ICCWA Annual Report 2004/2005

ICCWA Annual Report 2003/2004

ICCWA Annual Report 2002/2003

ICCWA Annual Report 2001/2002

ICCWA Annual Report 2000/2001

ICCWA Annual Report 1999/2000

ICCWA Annual Report 1998/1999

Overview of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Status 2016

A recent release by Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet “Overview of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health status 2016” provides a comprehensive summary of the most recent indicators of the health and current health status of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. This report outlines some key injury figures pertaining Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population.

In 2014 – 2015 there were 29,237 hospital separations for injuries for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. [1]

Falls (20%), assault (19%), exposure to mechanical forces (17%) and complications of medical and surgical care (14%) were the leading external causes of injury-related hospitalisations.1

Long-term conditions caused by injury were reported less frequently by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people than by non-Indigenous people. [2]

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 25 – 44 years of age experienced the highest proportion (%) of injury. [1]

The hospitalisation rates for injury for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people increased with remoteness from 38 per 1,000 in major cities to 74 per 1,000 in remote and very remote areas. [3]

After adjusting for age, the death rate from; assault was 8.2 times higher, land transport accidents 2.9 times higher and intentional self-harm 2 times higher for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people than for non-Indigenous people. [4]

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet. Overview of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health status 2016 [Internet]. Australia Indigenous HealthInfoNet; 2017. Available from:

[1] Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2016) Admitted patient care 2014-15: Australian hospital statistics. Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

[2] Australian Bureau of Statistics (2014) Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health survey: first results, Australia, 2012-13: Table 6 [data cube]. Retrieved 26 March 2014

[3] Steering Committee for the Review of Government Service Provision (2016) Overcoming Indigenous disadvantage: key indicators 2016 report. Canberra: Productivity Commission

[4] Australian Bureau of Statistics (2016) Causes of Death, Australia, 2015. Retrieved 28 September 2016 from

Report points to the need for injury prevention to become top health priority

The recent release of the Incidence and Costs of Injury in Western Australia 2012 report by the Chronic Disease Directorate Department of Health WA indicates that injuries remain one of the most serious public health problems in WA.

A briefing on the report was held on Tuesday March 28 at Grace Vaughan House in Shenton Park to provide key stakeholders with expert analysis of the impact of injury across WA, including health sector costs, long-term care costs, and the impact of injury on paid productivity and quality of life.

The Director, Chronic Disease Prevention Directorate, Public Health Division, Department of Health, Denise Sullivan lead the expert panel and was joined by Winthrop Professor Fiona Wood, Director of the Burns Service of WA and Burn Injury Research Unit of WA, and Dr Delia Hendrie, Senior Lecturer at the School of Public Health at Curtin University.

The report looks at the incidence of injuries across sociodemographic factors, regions, types of injuries and also at the impact of alcohol on injury.

It highlighted disproportionately high rates of injury across Aboriginal and regional populations.

Curtin University’s Dr Delia Hendrie said that there were many proven injury prevention measures currently being implemented across WA.

“Widely implementing them to reduce injuries would be very cost-effective and result in considerable cost savings to the community,” Dr Hendrie said.

The report identified falls as the most common category of unintentional injury across all age groups (costing $2.2 billion), except those in the 15-24 year old group who are most likely to be injured in a transport-related incidence.

Aboriginal people experienced emergency department visits and hospitalisations for injury at more than double the rate compared to non-Aboriginal people.

Alcohol related injuries were estimated to cost $1.9 billion. Alcohol was involved in 17.5% of injury fatalities and 32% of injury-related emergency department visits.

Those living in non-metropolitan areas, particularly the Kimberley, Wheatbelt and Goldfields regions experienced injury rates that were more than double those in the metropolitan areas.

The Injury Control Council of WA Acting Chief Executive, Sandy Lukjanowski, said the report highlighted the need for all levels of government to prioritise injury prevention to reduce the financial burden on the community.

“The high rates of injury for Aboriginal people and also for those in the regional areas reinforces the Injury Control Council of WA’s (ICCWA) renewed focus on injury prevention measures in both those areas and the need for further investment to address the over representation in injury data.”

The report cited evidence that injury is the fourth most common cause of death and the second highest  cause of potential years of life lost.

The Incidence and Cost of Injury in Western Australia 2012 reported approximately 227,000 injury events occurred, which is equivalent to 93 injury events per 1,000 persons in Western Australia. As a result, the associated costs of injury equated to $9.6 billion, with the mean costing of each injury event estimated to be $42,000.

Changes to the ICCWA Board, Ambassador Launch and AGM

Following the Injury Control Council of WA’s Annual General Meeting on Thursday November 17th at the Bendat Community Centre in Wembley, a number of changes to the board were determined.

Board President Stacey Waters announced that she would be stepping down from her position and Vice President David Beattie was elected to take her place, effective immediately. Stacey said that while she is sad that her formal association with the organisation has come to an end, she is proud of the way ICCWA has begun to transform, with a new strategic plan, new leadership and a new name and brand identity expected in 2017. Watch this space!

While we are sad to be farewelling Stacey after five years as a board member, and two as President, we thank her for her commitment and dedication during this time. ICCWA is excited to welcome and congratulate David who brings a wealth of experience in general and financial management and is the chairperson of the board of WA-based not-for-profit, One Tree Community .

Other Board Changes

After five years of service, Amberlee Laws also announced she would not re-nominate as an ICCWA board member. Amberlee is currently on maternity leave from Act Belong Commit and we wish her every success in her future endeavours. Both David Beattie and Bruno Faletti were re-nominated to their board positions unopposed.  They will be joined by new board member, Dr Melissa Stoneham who is currently the Deputy Director of the Public Health Advocacy Institute of WA. Melissa has considerable professional and board experience across the public health and health promotion sectors and is currently the Chair of Healthway’s Sports Sponsorship Committee.

ICCWA would like to thank both Stacey and Amberlee for their years of dedicated service as ICCWA board members.

ICCWA Ambassadors

Our new ICCWA Ambassadors, seven time open water marathon swimmer Shelley Taylor Smith and Royal Australian Navy Marine Technician Mark Daniels, shared their inspiring stories of overcoming injury and adversity to achieve professional and personal success. Their passion and drive aligns strongly with ICCWA’s aspiration to ensure all West Australians live a life uninterrupted by injury and to support their recovery to live rewarding lives.

We are excited to welcome Shelley and Mark as ICCWA Ambassadors and look forward to the passion, energy and skills that we are sure they will bring to the role.

Lifetime Achievement Award

Volunteer Alma Digweed was recognised with a Lifetime Achievement Award for her years of dedicated service at ICCWA. Alma is our longest serving volunteer and has worked tirelessly as a peer educator since 1999 delivering falls prevention messages across the community with great passion, gusto and humour. Both the board and staff would like to thank her for her commitment to the organisation and for her ongoing efforts giving back to the community.

Annual Report 2015/2016

ICCWA’s latest Annual Report was also unveiled, highlighting the achievements of its three flagship programs, Stay On Your Feet®, Road Trauma Support WA and Know Injury, and its renewed focus on regional and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations. The report showcased another successful year of program delivery, impact and success. You can read the ICCWA Annual Report here.

We wish to acknowledge the custodians of this land, the Wadjuk (Perth region) people of the Noongar nation and their elders past, present and future.

Thank you and we look forward to sharing with you a new and exciting year ahead in 2017!