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Injury prevention programs showcased at awards ceremony

The 2017 Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion Awards have been announced with this year’s winners delivering programs that have helped prevent and raise awareness of injury prevention in WA.

The awards ceremony was held yesterday at the Parmelia Hilton in Perth.
This year’s winners were the Royal Life Saving Society WA, Curtin University School of Public Health, City of Bunbury and Shire of Dardanup in partnership with South West and Peel Local Governments, Northam Roadwise Committee and the School Drug Education Road Aware (SDERA).

The Remote Aboriginal Swimming Pools Program (RASP) managed by the Royal Life Saving Society WA, won their award for their program to reduce drowning and aquatic injury and other health related issues in Aboriginal communities.

Curtin University’s entry, a new study conducted by the School of Public Health estimates the incidence and cost of injury in Western Australia and will inform government and non-government programs, policies and services in the future.

The M8 the call can W8 campaign by the City of Bunbury and the Shire of Dardanup developed in 2014 aimed to educate and remind drivers that the use of mobile phones while driving was a major distraction.

The Northam Roadwise Committee developed an Easter campaign in response to the high rates of hospitalisation and deaths from road trauma in the Wheatbelt.

Working with over 120 schools across WA, SDERA’s Changing Health Acting Together (CHAT) provided education and intervention resources that aim to reduce harm from drug use and road-related injuries in young people.

Highly commended nominations were presented to Holyoake, Kidsafe WA, the Public Transport Authority and Royal Perth Hospital.

Injury Matters CEO Sandy Lukjanowski said the acknowledgement of these programs showcased the amazing work being performed by both large organisations and small community outreach groups.

“This year’s awards has attracted a high calibre of nominations, showing us the diverse range of injury prevention work taking place in the state,” she said.

“With the total cost of injury events costing our national economy nearly $10 billion a year, these programs and initiatives are highlighting a much needed area in WA health.”

The biennial awards ceremony, hosted by Injury Matters, started in 2002 to celebrate injury prevention and safety promotion in WA and recognise the action and excellence of those working to prevent injury and promote safety in Western Australia.

Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion Awards

The Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion Awards recognise the action and excellence of those working to prevent injury and promote safety in Western Australia.  The Awards Breakfast will showcase outstanding Western Australian initiatives and programs in health, not-for-profit organisations, community groups, universities and the government sector.

The Awards ceremony will be held on Thursday 23 November 2017 at the Parmelia Hilton in Perth, from 7.30am to 9.30am. Join us for breakfast and help us celebrate the success of the award winners.

Immediately following the Awards Breakfast will be the Injury Prevention Summit, from 10.00am-4.30pm.  The Summit will highlight current directions, trends and practice in injury prevention. Leaders in the field will discuss diversity in injury prevention, child injury, youth injury, older adult injury, road safety, suicide prevention, and alcohol-related harm and violence in a series of expert panel sessions.

Registrations open.

Annual Reports

Find all of the Injury Matters formerly the Injury Control Council of WA’s Annual Reports here.

Injury Matters Annual Report 2016/2017

ICCWA Annual Report 2015/2016

ICCWA Financial Report 2015/2016

ICCWA Annual Report 2014/2015

ICCWA Financial Report 2014/2015

ICCWA Annual Report 2013/2014

ICCWA Financial Report 2013/2014

ICCWA Annual Report 2012/2013

ICCWA Financial Report 2012/2013

ICCWA Annual Report 2011/2012

ICCWA Financial Report 2011/2012

ICCWA Annual Report 2010/2011

ICCWA Financial Report 2010/2011

ICCWA Annual Report 2009/2010

ICCWA Financial Report 2009/2010

ICCWA Annual Report 2008/2009

ICCWA Annual Report 2007/2008

ICCWA Annual Report 2006/2007

ICCWA Annual Report 2005/2006

ICCWA Annual Report 2004/2005

ICCWA Annual Report 2003/2004

ICCWA Annual Report 2002/2003

ICCWA Annual Report 2001/2002

ICCWA Annual Report 2000/2001

ICCWA Annual Report 1999/2000

ICCWA Annual Report 1998/1999

2017 Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion Awards – nominations open

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.

Download the nomination package.

Burns Awareness Month – June

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:

Around the home

  • Have easily accessible fire extinguisher/blanket in the home
  • Install smoke alarms and maintain/replace batteries every winter
  • Teach your children basic kitchen, bathroom, electrical and fire safety
  • Block power points with safety plugs
  • Keep candles away from materials and never leave them unattended
  • Keep matches and lighters securely out of children’s reach
  • Use fire guards to shield children from falling against heaters/fireplaces
  • Use power boards instead of double adapters where possible
  • Always sit at least 1 metre from a heater when warming up
  • Air/dry clothing at least 1 metre from a heater
  • Regularly cleaning lint filters for clothes dryers
  • Never drink a hot cuppa while holding a baby or young child

In the kitchen

  • Keep kettles, jugs, teapots, appliance cords and saucepan handles away from the edge of surfaces
  • Install a barrier to keep out pets and Small children from the cooking area
  • Keep hot drinks out of children’s reach
  • Do not move pots of hot oil or water across the kitchen
  • Purchase and use oven mitts when handling hot trays/pots etc
  • Keep microwaves out of children’s reach but at adult chest height

In the bathroom

  • Lower the delivery temperature of hot water to 50C via a licensed plumber
  • Always supervise children in the bathroom
  • Turn the cold tap on first and off last
  • Check the bath water before placing a child in – if it is too hot for the inside of your wrist, it is too hot for a child
  • Unplug and store hair dryers, straighteners and curlers securely
  • Install grip bars and rubber mats in the shower/bath

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.

  • Remove all jewellery from around the burn area. Remove any clothing around the burn area unless it is stuck to the skin.
  • Cool the burn under cool running water for 20 minutes. DO NOT use ice or creams as this can further damage the skin.
  • Cover the burn loosely with cling wrap or a clean, damp lint-free cloth.
  • Seek immediate medical advice if the burn is:
    • larger than a 20 cent coin
    • on the face, hands, groin or feet
    • deep or infected
    • caused by chemicals, electricity or if signs of inhalation injury (blackening around mouth or nostrils, swelling of airways) are evident

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)

A Way Through – Kellerberrin (Health Workers)

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
FREE
The Prev
1 George Street, Kellerberrin WA 6410

Email training@iccwa.org.au

Call 08 9420 7212

Visit awaythroughhealthworker.eventbrite.com.au

A Way Through – Kellerberrin

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
FREE
Noongar Centre Kellerberrin
Cnr Bedford & Leake Street, Kellerberrin WA 6410

Email training@iccwa.org.au

Call 08 9420 7212

Visit awaythrough.eventbrite.com.au

RTSWA joins the annual Blessing of the Roads

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.