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Initiatives addressing violence against Indigenous women

In the report, Innovative models in addressing violence against Indigenous women, by Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety, it focuses on models which intend to reduce family violence in remote communities, with a focus on the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.1 The report is based on qualitative research conducted in three Australian communities, including Fitzroy Crossing in Western Australia (WA).

After collating feedback from Aboriginal people who work within family violence or have personally experienced family violence, the findings support the creation of complementary Indigenous family violence strategies which are owned and managed by local Indigenous people. The report also suggests that these family violence strategies should reflect the needs of local women, which may relate to strategies regarding alcohol reduction, inter-generational trauma, social and emotional wellbeing, and alternatives to custody.

With 40% of Aboriginal children in WA witnessing family and domestic violence2, and as Aboriginal women are nine times more likely to be a victim of a domestic homicide2, it is anticipated that this report will guide the development of future initiatives which aim to reduce the rate of family violence in remote communities.

To view the full report click here.

The Know Injury program, provided by Injury Matters, supports implementing effective strategies to prevent violence in WA through resourcestrainings and networks.

References:

  1. Blagg H, Williams E, Cummings E, Hovane V, Torres M, Woodley KN, et al. Innovative models in addressing violence against Indigenous women final report. Sydney: ANROWS; 2018.
  2. Law Reform Commission of Western Australia. (2013). Enhancing laws concerning family and domestic violence. Retrieved from http://www.lrc.justice.wa.gov.au/_files/p104_fdv_finalreport.pdf

Injury Matters Sustainable Health Review Submission

In June 2017, the Government of Western Australia announced the Sustainable Health Review to prioritise the delivery of patient-centred, high quality and financially sustainable healthcare across the State.

The review involved consultation with a variety of stakeholders including patients and carers, clinicians, community members, non-government organisations, peak bodies and private industry.

Injury Matters submission focused on the significant impact of injury on the health system in Western Australia, affirming the importance of investment in injury prevention and proposing recommendations in the areas of patient first systems, value for money, partnerships, healthy lifestyles and technology and innovation.

To view Injury Matters Sustainable Health Review submission click here.

Make Your Home Safer with Frank and Tiddles animation

Injury Matters is excited to launch our latest resource as part of the Stay On Your Feet®  Make Your Home Safer campaign – a short animation called Make Your Home Safer with Frank and Tiddles. The engaging animation is aimed at older adults living independently in the community and highlights simple, low cost ways to make your home safer to prevent falls, with a fun and humorous twist through the character Frank and his cat Tiddles.

Visit  www.stayonyourfeet.com.au/video to watch or contact us for a copy to play in your waiting room.

Make Your Home Safer Campaign Launch

On Thursday 1 February 2018 Injury Matters’ Stay On Your Feet® program launched the Make Your Home Safer Campaign in Halls Head.  Make Your Home Safer looks at the importance of making simple and often low cost changes both inside and outside of the house to help prevent slips, trips and falls. With around half of all falls happening in and around the home, it is important for older adults to make their homes safer.

The campaign aims to raise awareness of the importance of removing hazards around the home as a strategy to reduce falls among older adults and encourage confidence in independent living. For health and community workers helping older adults to stay healthy and independent for longer, the campaign offers information and services which describe simple and low cost changes to an older person’s environment.

The campaign is suitable for older adults who are already independent and wish to stay in their homes, and older adults who may be less independent than they previously were and can benefit from making changes to regain their independence.

The Make Your Home Safer campaign toolkit is a one stop shop for getting involved in the campaign and includes:

  • How to host and promote your own Make Your Home Safer event
  • The Make Your Home Safer Educator Guide, a guide to help you run a session for older adults
  • The campaigns key messages and calls to action
  • How to share our new animation, Make Your Home Safer with Frank and Tiddles
  • Free brochures and booklets
  • Tips to connect on social media, including ready to use posts and images
  • How to invite Stay On Your Feet® to attend your event.

Click here to download the toolkit.

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.