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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

RTSWA joins the annual Blessing of the Roads

RTSWA acting manager, Ryan Fernie, joined the new WA Police and Road Safety Minister, the Hon Michelle Roberts MLA and Road Safety Commissioner Kim Papalia for the annual Blessing of the Roads in Mirrabooka this year. The event was jointly coordinated by the cities of Stirling, Swan and Joondalup and put the focus on road safety as we headed into traditionally one of the worst periods on our roads – the Easter long weekend. To read more please click here.

Road Safety Commissioner Kim Papalia lets regional and remote WA know that help is out there for those in need

Road Safety Commissioner Kim Papalia joined the Road Trauma Support team in Bunbury on Thursday May 9 for a specially tailored grief trauma and loss workshop for emergency services personnel in the region.

The day long session was designed to assist those on the front line both professionally and personally to support themselves and others when dealing with grief and trauma.

Mr Papalia introduced the session and spoke of his own experence as a police officer working in the field and the challenges that emergency services personnel face every day. To read more click here.

Getting your message across on television and radio

Are you looking for help in dealing with the media, presenting for an interview without struggling to get your message out there or identifying what constitutes a good story angle?

Getting your message heard is one of the key cornerstones of advocacy and furthering your cause. Television and radio interviews are a highly effective and inexpensive way of getting your message across and can be planned or they may to opportunistic responding to the events of the day.

Being able to ‘sing your song’ and have your message properly understoood and shared is therefore imperative.

This hands on one day workshop is a unique opportunity for key members of staff to learn some insider tricks of the trade from some of WA’s most experienced media figures. See the attached flyer for further information. For registration details click here.

The Road Trauma Support WA team heads to Bunbury to work with our First Responders

A specialised team from the Road Trauma Support team will head to Bunbury on Thursday March 9 to deliver a specialised workshop for emergency services personnel from Bunbury and the surrounding region.

“Working with Grief, Loss and Trauma: How to Support Yourself and Others – is a specially tailored one day course which has been developed in conjunction with WA Charity Sirens of Silence, WA Police and Curtin University.

The course will help those on the front line understand how to appropriately respond to those impacted by grief, loss and trauma, understand the impact working in this area can have and assist attendees to develop appropriate self-care strategies to prevent burn out and the onset of post traumatic stress disorder.

It will be interactive and give those present the opportunity to share stories and experiences in a safe, non-judgemental environment and to assist them to integrate resiliance strategies into their daily working and personal lives.

Please see the attached flyer for more information and registration details.

Program Update: Know Injury Summer 2016

A team from the Injury Control Council of Western Australia’s, Know Injury program, travelled to beautiful Esperance last month to talk to those based in and around the region about all things injury prevention.

The visit is part of the organisation’s ongoing commitment to those in regional and remote WA who may not have the same access to training and events as counterparts in the Perth metropolitan area

The team was hosted by the Western Australia Country Health Service (WACHS), Esperance Population Health from Wednesday 23 November to Friday 25 November allowing them to meet with practioners and health workers operating in and around the area.

Know Injury delivered evaluation training, met with local health and community workers to discuss injury and safety and also find out what’s happening in their shire.

The evaluation training was delivered by experienced health promotion practioner, Dr Stacy Waters, and as well attended with representatives from WACHS, Escare and the Esperance community arts centre.

Feedback from the event was overwhelmingly positive from those who attended the training.

‘Both inspired to improve and slightly intimidated by how much better we can do. Thank you!’ and ‘Excellent, timely, presenter very knowledgeable, interesting, needed, informative, thank you!’.

The Know Injury team also took time to meet with representatives from the Shire of Esperance to find out what their safety priorities were in the region, as well as to talk about injury prevention and community safety.

Know Injury also hosted the bi-monthly regional network group meeting where Andrea McGill, health promotion officer from WACHS delivered a presentation on behalf of the Roadwise committee which looked at their new campaign ‘Slow down and enjoy the ride’.

The campaign is an excellent example of a local injury prevention program, delivered at a community level by passionate community volunteers and representatives.

As part of the campaign the committee created a short video to [EA1] complement the key messaging and themes.  The video was uploaded to their Facebook page and has since been shared 4700 times, with 221 000 views.

The visit to the region was a success with health professionals and community workers upskilled, new partnerships developed and old partnerships strengthened. It was also a great opportunity to showcase some of the great work the region is already doing in injury prevention and promote it to the rest of Western Australia.