Published 4 July 2017
Published 4 July 2017
Find all of the Injury Control Council of WA’s (ICCWA) Annual Reports here.
Nominations are now open for the 2017 Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion Awards!
The awards recognise the action and excellence of those working to prevent injury and promote safety in Western Australia.
Applications are encouraged from those leading outstanding initiatives and programs across Western Australia in health, not-for-profit organisations, community groups, educational institutions, and the government sector.
June is National Burns Awareness Month, and with the weather cooling down all over Australia, burns risks are increasing(1). Some 88% of minor burns occur at home(2), and in winter the culprits are usually related to hot drinks and foods, heaters, open fires, and other warming devices. Burns are the third highest cause of death in children under five, and preventable burns injuries cost the Australian community over $150 million per year.
It is vitally important to be aware of how to prevent and treat burns in the home should they occur. Below are some tips to avoid burns this winter:
Although we can attempt to prevent burns, they can still happen. From reducing pain to reducing future scarring, knowing how to treat a burn injury immediately and effectively when they occur can have a big impact on recovery outcomes for victims. While most burns injuries are preventable, they can still happen. Using the Remove-Cool-Cover approach is the best way to approach a burn injury.
In an emergency call 000 or 112 if on a mobile if it is out of range or credit. For further medical information contact your local Burns Unit or hospital.
For more information on National Burns Awareness Month, and to download our Know Injury burns toolkit for your organisation, click here.
BRANZ Burns Registry of Australia and New Zealand, Annual Report, ANNUAL REPORT, 1st July 2013 –30th June 2014
Burns Awareness research – commissioned by Mundipharma Pty Limited Conducted by Galkal, 22-29 May, 2015, national sample of 515 Australians aged 18 years and older (who had suffered a burn in last 6 months)
Do you work with Aboriginal mob?
Do you want to learn tools to help deal with your own and your mobs hard times?
Over two days, A Way Through can help you to get stronger using art, music, dance and yarning. Shaun Nannup, a human being, an Indigenous man and a father, along with Ros Snyder will help you to understand the hard times, so you can keep on helping yourself and your mob.
Become strong in yourself, your culture and your family. Strong communities need strong connections and this starts with you.
Monday 12th and Tuesday 13th June 2017
9am – 4.30pm
1 George Street, Kellerberrin WA 6410
Call 08 9420 7212
Are you or your mob between 18 and 25?
Over two days, A Way Through can help you become strong in yourself, your culture and your family using art, music, dance and yarning. So you can stay strong during hard times.
Shaun Nannup, a human being, an Indigenous man and a father, along with Ros Snyder will help you understand the hard times, so you can keep on helping yourself and your mob.
Strong communities need strong connections and this starts with you.
Thursday 15th and Friday 16th June 2017
9am – 4.30pm
Noongar Centre Kellerberrin
Cnr Bedford & Leake Street, Kellerberrin WA 6410
Call 08 9420 7212
RTSWA acting manager, Ryan Fernie, joined the new WA Police and Road Safety Minister, the Hon Michelle Roberts MLA and Road Safety Commissioner Kim Papalia for the annual Blessing of the Roads in Mirrabooka this year. The event was jointly coordinated by the cities of Stirling, Swan and Joondalup and put the focus on road safety as we headed into traditionally one of the worst periods on our roads – the Easter long weekend. To read more please click here.
Road Safety Commissioner Kim Papalia joined the Road Trauma Support team in Bunbury on Thursday May 9 for a specially tailored grief trauma and loss workshop for emergency services personnel in the region.
The day long session was designed to assist those on the front line both professionally and personally to support themselves and others when dealing with grief and trauma.
Mr Papalia introduced the session and spoke of his own experence as a police officer working in the field and the challenges that emergency services personnel face every day. To read more click here.
With the theme of Voices, Vision, Action, the 15th World Congress on Public Health in Melbourne, Australia (3-7 April 2017) saw a week of influential speakers come together from around the world with addresses from government representatives and ministers, panel discussions and research presentations, just to name a few.
The congress charged the attendees with taking the next steps to promote health within their own settings and pull from previous charters, such as the Ottawa Charter on Health Promotion 1, to build upon for future directives. Guided by the underlying foundation set out by the United Nation Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the plenary presenters highlighted targets to improve health, protect the planet, end poverty and ensure equality for all.
Prominent topics from the Congress included climate change, gender and racial equality, Indigenous health and social corporate responsibility. The theme of injury remained as a secondary cause of poor health and was addressed within individual streams of oral research presentations, such as drowning, road trauma, violence against women and children, falls, and communities and environments.
However, it was disappointing to see that injury prevention was not a prominent area of focus for this Congress. Injury accounts for 10% of the global burden of disease2 and is the fourth most common cause of death and hospitalisation in Western Australia3, therefore more action is needed to pull injury to the forefront. Injury prevention is inherently interconnected with the SDGs and is recognised as one of the nine Health Priority Areas by the Australian Government4 , highlighting that communities and governments should continue to work together to mitigate risks associated with injury.
On my personal reflections on the Congress, from the sustainable development goals, to passionate speakers on climate change, to improving health within Indigenous populations, one key thought kept coming into my mind: Solidarity. As discussed by Dr Bettina Borisch from the Institute of Global Health at the University of Geneva, solidarity is when ‘people can unite across our differences, not allowing themselves to be divided and conquered’. As health professionals, it is natural to become siloed within our professional focus, but as we all work to create a society where people live healthy and fulfilling lives, solidarity unites us to create a network that collaborates to take action. I found Dr Borisch’s call to solidarity really resonated with me and made me reflect on our current situation and to endeavour to work better in partnerships to promote health.
With the President of the World Federation of Public Health Associations Michael Moore stating ‘now is the time to take action’, take a moment to read, reflect and support The World Federation of Public Health Associations Demand for Action – Melbourne 2017 which can be found here.
Evidence and Practice Lead
1 World Health Organization. Ottawa Charter for Public Health [Internet]. World Health Organization; 1986. Available from: http://www.who.int/healthpromotion/conferences/previous/ottawa/en/
2 Haagsma JA, Graetz N, Bolliger I, Naghavi M, Higashi H, Mullany EC, et al. The global burden of injury: incidence, mortality, disability-adjusted life years and time trends from the Global Burden of Disease study 2013. Injury Prevention. 2016 Feb;22(1):3–18.
3 Ballestas T, Xiao J, McEvoy S, Somerford P. The Epidemiology of Injury In Western Australia, 2000 – 2008. Perth: Department of Health WA; 2011.
4 Australian Institute of Health and Wellness. National Health Priority Areas [Internet]. AIHW; 2017. Available from: http://aihw.gov.au/national-health-priority-areas/
A recent release by Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet “Overview of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health status 2016” provides a comprehensive summary of the most recent indicators of the health and current health status of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. This report outlines some key injury figures pertaining Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population.
In 2014 – 2015 there were 29,237 hospital separations for injuries for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. 
Falls (20%), assault (19%), exposure to mechanical forces (17%) and complications of medical and surgical care (14%) were the leading external causes of injury-related hospitalisations.1
Long-term conditions caused by injury were reported less frequently by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people than by non-Indigenous people. 
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 25 – 44 years of age experienced the highest proportion (%) of injury. 
The hospitalisation rates for injury for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people increased with remoteness from 38 per 1,000 in major cities to 74 per 1,000 in remote and very remote areas. 
After adjusting for age, the death rate from; assault was 8.2 times higher, land transport accidents 2.9 times higher and intentional self-harm 2 times higher for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people than for non-Indigenous people. 
Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet. Overview of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health status 2016 [Internet]. Australia Indigenous HealthInfoNet; 2017. Available from: http://www.healthinfonet.ecu.edu.au/health-facts/overviews/selected-health-conditions/injury
 Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2016) Admitted patient care 2014-15: Australian hospital statistics. Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
 Australian Bureau of Statistics (2014) Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health survey: first results, Australia, 2012-13: Table 6 [data cube]. Retrieved 26 March 2014
 Steering Committee for the Review of Government Service Provision (2016) Overcoming Indigenous disadvantage: key indicators 2016 report. Canberra: Productivity Commission
 Australian Bureau of Statistics (2016) Causes of Death, Australia, 2015. Retrieved 28 September 2016 from www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/Lookup/by%20Subject/3303.0~2015~Main%20Features~Summary%20of%20findings~1