Injury Matters eNews | December 2020

December 18, 2020

In this Edition:

A Message from our Chief Executive

Sandy Lukjanowski

Well, what a year 2020 proved to be! 

Looking at the year in review, it has been a positive year for Injury Matters, despite unusual, sometimes confronting, global circumstances. This year saw our continued commitment to preventing and reducing the impact of injury in Western Australia.

Injury Matters was fortunate to be in a position to continue to offer all of our programs and services largely uninterrupted, albeit in a COVID-safe manner.

Coming towards the end of our three-year Strategic Plan, it is clear our organisation has taken significant steps forward in the way we work – both as conscious members of the WA community and as global citizens promoting health and safety. From our day-to-day administration to our engagement with the community, our strategy is reflected in our person-centred, pragmatic approach to fulfilling Injury Matters’ vision of safer people and places.

This year we have deepened our dedication to reconciliation, with a focus on further developing and strengthening relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. As a team, we have continued to listen and learn from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. We continued to increase our understanding of our individual and organisational sphere of influence to advance reconciliation and empower the community. As such, next year, we aim to solidify this dedication by advancing to an Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan.

In late 2019, Injury Matters proudly launched a new program, Mental and Physical Safety (MaPS) on our Roads. This program aims to reduce harm and increase safety for the Heavy Vehicle workforce, with our first campaign, Your MaP to Recovery: After a Road Crash, launching in September 2020. Keep an eye out as we look to launch the second campaign in early 2021.

Throughout the year, our team continued to deliver relevant, innovative training, events and resources, including the second WA Falls Report, while providing flexible and caring support to those impacted by road trauma in WA. We encourage you to engage with our programs and services by visiting our website, following our social media or contacting our friendly team.

I am proud of all that Injury Matters has achieved this year because our team remains aware that behind each injury statistic, there are stories, families and communities which reinforce the importance of our work.

Finally, it remains for me to thank the Injury Matters team, which encompasses our board, volunteers, ambassadors, patron and students, for their commitment to living our values every day. We appreciate our funding partners, the WA Department of Health, the WA Road Safety Commission, the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator, and our stakeholders, for their ongoing commitment to reducing the impact of injury.

From all of us at Injury Matters, we wish you a safe festive season and look forward to seeing you in 2021!

Sandy Lukjanowski
Chief Executive, Injury Matters

The Injury Matters office will be closed from Friday, 25 December 2020 and will reopen on Monday, 4 January 2021. If you require immediate support in this period, please call LifeLine on 13 11 14.

World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims 2020

Sunday, 15 November, marked the annual World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims hosted by Injury Matters. Road Safety Minister, Hon. Michelle Roberts MLA, and Commissioner for Road Safety, Adrian Warner, joined key road safety figures to pay respects to all those lost or injured on Western Australian roads and to share their perspective on the future of road safety. Injury Matters advocate Anne Rigby Hatton also shared her experience of road trauma, and hopes for the future.

The World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims has become an important event in recognising the far-reaching impact road trauma has on road users, witnesses, emergency, and medical personnel. This year’s theme, Remember, Support, Act, reminds all road users of their role in keeping our roads safe in remembrance of those lost or injured on them. 

The day launched the rescheduled National Road Safety Week for WA, where the McGowan Government set an ambitious target to reduce road fatalities and severe injuries to zero by 2050 in Driving Change – Road Safety Strategy for Western Australia 2020 – 2030.

Mental and Physical Safety on our Roads

Injury Matters 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) in late September 2020.

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.

The first program resource, Has a Road Crash Changed Your Life? provides information on the common types of loss or changes in life after a road crash and ways to support yourself. We are growing our range of resources which aim to keep our heavy vehicle operators mentally and physically safe on our roads, co-designing with members of the heavy vehicle industry.

Since launch, the Injury Matters team have worked with industry groups such as Transafe WA, Goldstar Transport… et al to raise awareness, start conversations and improve the safety of drivers.

We are looking forward to the second MaPS on our Roads campaign launching in April 2021.

2020 Western Australian Falls Report

In September, Injury Matters in partnership with the WA Department of Health launched the 2020 Western Australian Falls Report. The Report highlights the significant 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. 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.

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 of 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 fall.

Remove Hazards Campaign Summary

On 1 September 2020, Injury Matters launched the Stay On Your Feet® Remove Hazards Campaign, at the Mandurah Seniors and Community Centre. The event was supported by the City of Mandurah with stalls from Emprise Mobility, Silver Chain, Pets of Older Persons (POOPS), Mandurah Podiatry, Podiatry WA, Indigo, VisAbility and the Paraplegic Benefit Fund. The campaign ran until 30 November 2020.

Remove Hazards is one part of the Move Improve Remove messaging used to encourage older adults to stay safe, independent, and prevent falls. In addition to behavioural changes, it is important for older adults to make changes to their physical environment to minimise the risk of a fall. An individual’s physical environment is of particular risk for older adults who have reduced physical, sensory or cognitive capacity.

The Remove Hazards campaign aims to educate older adults and health and community workers on the importance of creating safe environments, as well as looking after your eyesight and feet to prevent falls and promote healthy ageing.

2021 Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion Awards and Summit

The 2021 Injury Matters Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion Awards recognise individuals and organisations who are having a positive impact on the community by conducting activities that aim to prevent and reduce the impact of injury within Western Australia.

Following the Awards, the Injury Prevention Summit 2021 that brings together injury prevention and safety promotion practitioners, policymakers and Local Governments from across Western Australia to build injury prevention and safety promotion activities within your work.

The Summit will showcase keynote speakers who have a broad understanding of the current state of injury prevention in Western Australia. Breakout sessions will include a focus on success factors for injury prevention within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, Culturally and Linguistically Diverse people, and regional and remote communities.

The Injury Prevention Summit will provide an opportunity for attendees to contribute to discussion, as well as exchange knowledge, ideas, and information across WA.

Registrations close Thursday 18th March 2021.

In the MidWest

In early November, Injury Prevention team members Cat, Joanne and Sophie headed North to host a series of free community events and presentations across Geraldton, and the surrounding area as part of the Stay On Your Feet® falls prevention campaign, Remove Hazards.

Delivered in partnership with the WA Country Health Service Midwest, the Remove Hazards event aimed to raise awareness of the importance of creating safe environments as well as looking after your eyesight and feet to prevent falls and promote healthy ageing.

The trip was a great success and an opportunity for us to engage directly with the community in the Midwest.

Seniors Week 2020

This year’s Seniors Week was a great success. We were pleased to support three community events between the 8th and 15th of November which provided a great opportunity to chat to community members.

See what we got up to this year below. We are already looking forward to Seniors Week 2021!

Givit Donation

In October, we had the opportunity to donate some of our pre-loved tech items to the team at GIVIT.

GIVIT channel much-needed items to support vulnerable people and communities in Australia – people recovering from disaster events, hardships, domestic and family violence, homelessness, disability and mental health.

Anyone can donate, and you should too!

Visit to Guilderton, Gingin

The Recovery Support team visited Guilderton in late November 2020 to deliver a workshop presentation to inform the community about grief and trauma and give them the tools on how to support themselves and their families.

The workshop was a great success and a fruitful opportunity for us to engage directly with the community regarding the impact of road trauma.

The Injury Matters office will be closed from Friday, 25 December 2020 and will reopen on Monday, 4 January 2021

If you require immediate support in this period, please call LifeLine on 13 11 14.