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Strengthen Your Legs Launch in Geraldton

Our Strengthen Your Legs Campaign was launched with an event at the Queen Elizabeth II (QEII) Centre in Geraldton on Wednesday 5 September 2018. Over 100 people attended the launch event, including 82 community members and a range of local health and fitness professionals.

The day started with an introduction to the Strengthen Your Legs campaign by Injury Matters Injury Prevention Manager Rachel Meade, the first public viewing of the Strengthen Your Legs with Julie animation, a talk about the importance of leg strength by Dr Elissa Burton and a personal testimonial by local community member and Balance Gym volunteer Molly Thompson.

After this, the participants got moving with an exercise class run by Liam Kessel from the WA Centre for Rural Health, a range of ‘Have A Go’ activities led by Seniors Recreation Council volunteers and a Tai Chi demonstration by the Taoist Tai Chi Association after lunch.

The day was a great success with lots of positive feedback from those who attended, who said the event was both informative and fun.

‘I would like to provide some positive feedback on the wonderful job the ladies did organising the Geraldton event. They were highly organised, friendly and welcoming to participants and I have received many positive comments from senior attendees on how enjoyable and informative the day was. We had a great turnout and would love to hold the session again in the near future’– QEII Seniors Programming Officer

The Stay On Your Feet® Program: Year in Review

We would like to thank all those that participated in Stay On Your Feet® in 2017-2018! In the 17th year of the Stay On Your Feet® program Injury Matters continued to deliver falls prevention activities and expanded the program to reach more communities and regions in Western Australia (WA). Continue reading “The Stay On Your Feet® Program: Year in Review”

We’re partnering with the Town of East Fremantle to help residents stay on their feet

The Town of East Fremantle and Injury Matters are joining forces for a six month project to help combat falls amongst older adults living in the local government area. Falls are the leading cause of injury in the Town of East Fremantle, accounting for 463 hospitalisations and 7 fatalities between 2012 and 2016.

Continue reading “We’re partnering with the Town of East Fremantle to help residents stay on their feet”

New resource – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and injury

Know Injury has recently released a new resource regarding the incidence of injury among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

The resource outlines a number of statistics including that in WA Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are hospitalised due to injury 2.5 times more than non-Aboriginal people, with 10,165 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples hospitalised due to injury from July 2013 to June 2015.

Click here to access the new resource.

2018-2019 Federal Budget – Injury

The 2018-19 Federal Budget was released on 8 May 2018, which revealed a $12.4 billion increase in the Health Budget, to $99.1 billion for health, aged care and sport.

Key injury prevention funding allocations outlined in the Budget include an:

  • Increase in mental health funding by $338.1 million to focus on suicide prevention, research, older Australians and advancing the Fifth National Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan.
  • $1.0 million of funding to reduce the number of preventable childhood injuries through the SeeMore Safety Program.
  • $0.9 million allocation to develop a new National Injury Prevention Strategy aimed at reducing childhood injuries by investing in infant and maternal health.
  • Support for Surf Life Saving Australia, Royal Life Saving Australia, AUSTSWIM and Laurie Lawrence Swimming Enterprises to deliver the Water and Snow Safety Program.

Other injury prevention related activities include investments regarding; aged care, improving access to health care facilities, Indigenous health services, alcohol and drug abuse and activities encouraging physical activity.

For the full 2018/19 Federal Budget click here.

National Road Safety Week 2018 comes to a close

Perth was chosen to be this year’s host city for the 2018 National Road Safety Week, which began five years ago and is an initiative of Safer Australian Roads and Highways (SARAH) founder and president Peter Frazer.

Peter lost his daughter Sarah in an horrific road crash in 2012 just as she was on her way to begin her university studies at a neighbouring university and to start a new chapter in her life at the age of 23.

Sarah had experienced car trouble on the way to her first day of university and had been forced to pull over to the emergency lane and to call and wait for a tow truck to provide assistance. Sadly both Sarah and the tow truck driver were killed instantly when a truck, which failed to see and avoid them, ploughed into them both killing them instantly.

Peter later discovered that the emergency lane on that stretch of road did not meet national safety guidelines and has become a tireless campaigner for road safety, marking the start of a journey neither he nor his wife had ever wanted to take.

The campaign launch was held at Perth’s newly opened Yagan Square on Sunday April 29 and was officially marked by WA Road Safety Minister Hon. Michelle Roberts and acting Road Safety Commissioner Iain Cameron, leading road safety figures from across WA, community members and the Road Trauma Support WA team.

The week highlighted the safety needs of different road users and groups throughout the week, focusing on first responders, roadside assistance workers, vulnerable road users, those on regional roads as well as cyclists and motorcyclists.

It also incorporated a research forum which brought together those involved in enforcement, legislation, protection, research and support, looking at the latest trends and evidence around road safety and mapping out ways to work together moving forward.

Although the profile and impact of National Road Safety Week continues to grow each year and to resonate with communities across Australia, the reality is that despite education, advocacy, legislation and enforcement, the number of those killed and injured on our roads continues to grow. And with that the number of families and community members who are left devastated in its wake.

Governments across the world continue to call for tougher penalties for those who break the law on our roads, and although the vast majority abide by those laws, there are still those who don’t – putting themselves and others at risk.

Road Safety experts also referred to those who aren’t drinking and driving, who aren’t speeding and who are routinely wearing their seatbelts, but who make momentary mistakes that will impact them and those around them for the rest of their lives.

The Road Trauma Support WA team would like to thank Peter Frazer and the SARAH group for all of their hard work, the WA Road Safety Commission team who coordinated the event nationally from Perth, WA Road Safety Minister Hon. Michelle Roberts and all those across Australia who worked tirelessly behind the scenes to make the events of the past week happen.

As we reflect on the events of the past week, which have successfully put road safety in the national spotlight, lets pause to remember all of those who are struggling in the wake of road trauma.

If you, a friend, family member or colleague has been impacted by road trauma would like further information or support it is available at www.rtswa.org.au

Injury Matters Submission to National Road Safety Strategy Inquiry 2011-2020

On 8 September the Australian Government announced an inquiry in to the national Road Safety Strategy 2011-2020.

Despite efforts to improve road safety and driver behaviour, road fatalities and critical injuries remain a serious problem in Western Australia. The physical impact as well as mental heath outcomes of individuals and communities affected by road crashes can be long lasting. Injury Matters provides much needed high quality mental health support services for people who have been affected by a road trauma through the Road Trauma Support WA service.

Injury Matters’ submission to the inquiry can be read here.