Injury Matters eNews | March 2021

April 1, 2021

A Message from our Chief Executive

Welcome to our March eNews. It has been an incredibly busy season for the Injury Matters team. We have just held our biennial Injury Prevention Awards and Summit, launched a new Stay On Your Feet® campaign, and are headed into the second MaPS on our Roads campaign in April.

We were also proud to present our Election priorities in the lead up to the WA election. One of these priorities has started some important discussions with the Road Safety Commission that we hope will lead to more prevention and recovery initiatives down the line. You can read more about this below.

Sadly, to date, recorded deaths on our WA roads has been a third higher than the same period last year. We encourage everyone to be safe and alert when driving, particularly during the upcoming Easter long weekend.

Our office will be closed this Friday and Monday. From everyone at Injury Matters, we wish you a safe and happy Easter break.


2021 Injury Matters Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion Awards

Last week, we hosted the 2021 Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion Awards at the beautiful Duxton Hotel in Perth. This biennial event is a great opportunity for the WA heath sector to celebrate our continued successes and innovation in supporting the community.

Congratulations to all the winners and finalists in this years’ awards. This years’ awards attracted a high calibre of nominations, demonstrating both the diverse range of injury issues and innovative activities being conducted in WA to prevent and reduce the impact of injury.


Injury Prevention Summit: Success in the West

Immediately following on from the Awards, we were proud to host the Know Injury Summit. This event brought together injury prevention and safety promotion practitioners, policymakers, and Local Governments from across WA.

The Summit showcased keynote speakers including Professor Caroline Finch AO, Dr Delia Hendrie, and Royal Life Saving WA’s Keep Watch Ambassador, Simone Soto Flores. Attendees were also able to connect with key injury prevention practitioners in breakout sessions, including Associate Professor Roz Walker (UWA), Professor Pat Dudgeon (UWA), Jo Drayton (Holyoake), and Deborah Pyatt (Metropolitan Migrant Resource Centre).

A dynamic panel discussion was also held featuring Dr Delia Hendrie, Injury Matters’ own Rachel Meade, Scott Phillips of Kidsafe WA, and Russ Milner from the Department of Health WA. Thank you to all attendees. We sincerely hope learnings from the Summit will enable you to further build on your skills as an injury prevention and recovery support advocate in your everyday work.


MaPS on our Roads: Fuel Your Body Campaign

We are excited to launch our second campaign within the MaPS program this month. This campaign considers the physical aspect of safety on our roads for truck drivers focusing on nutrition and medication.

The Your MaP to a Healthy Lifestyle: Fuel Your Body campaign aims to raise awareness among heavy vehicle operators of the ways small, healthy lifestyle choices can help them stay alert and safe when driving on our roads. Check out our website for resources and information on the Fuel your Body campaign below.


Stay On Your Feet® Move Your Body Campaign

We launched the latest Stay On Your Feet® Move Your Body Campaign with a community event held in East Fremantle on March 3, supported by the City of Fremantle, the City of Melville, COTA WA, Melville Cares, and the Stroke Foundation.

The Move Your Body campaign urges older adults to prevent falls by building their balance and strengthening their legs through fun, regular physical activity. The three-month campaign is activated through a range of events taking place across WA, including our new resistance bands and user guide. 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.


2021 WA State Election Priorities

Prior to the WA State Election and in recognition of the WA Government’s role in reducing the incidence and impact of injury in WA, Injury Matters released our 2021 WA State Election Priorities and welcome action towards a safer WA.

This document outlines five key areas that the incoming WA Government must act on to reduce the cost of injury in WA and the impact on the WA community. Though the election is over, it’s vital we as an injury prevention sector continue to spread the word about the importance of committed action and investment in injury prevention and recovery in WA by writing to your local MP or sharing content via your social media platforms.

Upcoming Events and Travel

Tai Chi for Arthritis and Falls Prevention Instructor Training

Wednesday, 14 April 2021 at 9am – 5pm
Bendat Parent and Community Centre, 36 Dodd Street, Wembley (Tomasi Room)

Would you like to deliver Tai Chi for Arthritis to older adults? Tai Chi for Arthritis is a program designed by Dr Paul Lam and a team of medical specialists and Tai Chi experts. Based on the Sun style of Tai Chi, Tai Chi for Arthritis Prevention is easy to learn, effective and safe. Tai Chi for Arthritis is an evidence-based program that works to prevent falls by improving balance, confidence and muscular strength in older adults.


After a Crash: Looking After Yourself and Others – Lake Grace

Wednesday, 28 April 2021, at 9 am – 1 pm.
Lake Grace Community Resource Centre, Bishop St & School Pl, Lake Grace WA

Road Trauma Support WA is hosting an information session for anyone wanting to know how they can support themselves, a family member, friend, or loved one affected by a road crash.


After a Crash: Looking After Yourself and Others – Collie

Thursday, 29 April 2021 at 10:00am – Noon
Collie Family Centre, 5 Forrest Street, Collie WA

Road Trauma Support WA is hosting an information session for anyone wanting to know how they can support a family member, friend or themselves through unexpected grief or loss.


Frailty and Falls Prevention Webinar

4 May 2021 at 10am – 11am

Join Injury Matters for the “Frailty and Falls Prevention webinar”. A presentation will be provided by Tony Petta, Senior Physiotherapist Falls Clinic, Department of Health. This webinar will provide participant’s with the knowledge and confidence to identify and assess for frailty in older adults and recommend the appropriate interventions.


Scooter-related Injuries Webinar

3 June 2021 at 10am – 11am

Join Injury Matters and the Australasian Injury Prevention Network for the ‘Scooter Safety Webinar’. This webinar will focus on some of these high-risk transportation devices by exploring the incidence of injury due to e-scooter and mobility scooter use. Special guests and experts in the space, Professor Joan Ozanne-Smith and Professor Kristen Vallmuur will join us to share their expertise.

Team Updates

We have two current vacancies available in our team, and we’d love you to share them! These include Injury Prevention Officer – Workforce Engagement and Injury Prevention Officer – Special Projects.

We are also excited to be hosting new student placements for our Road Trauma Support WA service in 2021. You can find out more information regarding our vacancies, volunteering, and student placement opportunities below.