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.