MEDIA ALERT | Launching: MaPS on our Roads Program

September 22, 2020

Injury Matters will officially launch 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.

WHEN | Wednesday, 23 September 2020 at 8am (sharp) – 9:30am

WHERE | Bendat Parent and Community Centre (Auditorium)
36 Dodd St, Wembley WA 6014

Opening address by Celia Hammond MP, Member for Curtin.

This program aims to support heavy vehicle operators maintain mental and physical wellbeing in their work.  In WA, 207 people were killed in 185 crashes involving heavy vehicles between 2008 and 2016. With a vast and remote road network in WA, truck drivers are often the first on scene of a road crash and may have to provide critical first aid assistance.

Injury Matters Recovery Support Manager, Christine Smith said, “This program will provide information and education to assist heavy vehicle operators in how they manage the impact a road crash may have on them after the scene is cleared.” 

“Given the distances travelled on our expansive road network in WA, coupled with an aging workforce, addressing the physical safety and mental health among heavy vehicle operators is vital to help keep this industry safe on our roads.” 

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 after a road incident, and the supports available after a crash.

Injury Matters is committed to collaborating and listening to those within the heavy vehicle industry. If you or someone you know is working or has worked in the industry, contact us on 6166 7688 or email [email protected].

The MaPS on our Roads project is funded as part of the Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative, administered by the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator on behalf of the Commonwealth Government.

For further information, interview, and photo opportunities, contact Communications and Marketing Coordinator 6166 7688 or [email protected]