Spotlight: Holyoake Wheatbelt Community Alcohol & Drug Service

Recognising the key partnerships and collaborations are key to achieving shared solutions and positive injury outcomes for the WA community.

Recognising the key partnerships and collaborations are key to achieving shared solutions and positive injury outcomes for the WA community. 

In recognition of this, the 2021 Injury Matters Outstanding Achievement in Collaboration for a Safer WA Award was awarded to the Holyoake Wheatbelt Community Alcohol & Drug Service.  

David Beattie (Injury Matters), Matthew Steffel (Holyoake), Jo Drayton (Holyoake), Jo-Anne Woodruff (Holyoake), Mario Gallo (Holyoake), and Sandy Lukjanowski (Injury Matters).

The Holyoake Wheatbelt Community Alcohol & Drug Service’s Prevention Team assist and support over 100 communities and 30 local governments throughout the Wheatbelt and are a great example of what collaboration can achieve. The team are highly regarded within the Wheatbelt region for their efforts in working to prevent the harms associated with alcohol and drug misuse. 

The team deliver a range of injury prevention initiatives, which are guided by state and national evidence-based frameworks initiatives. These initiatives include; the delivery of training developing suicide prevention and alcohol and other drug management plans, maintaining the Wheatbelt Professionals Wellbeing Portal and providing postvention support to people impacted by suicide. 

Collaboration plays an important role in the delivery of work done by the Wheatbelt Community Alcohol and Drug Service Prevention Team with regional or place-based partners. These collaborative activities, alongside the strong inter-agency networks, have contributed to significant improvements in safety within the Wheatbelt region and overall work to achieve a safer WA.   

Injury Matters congratulates the Holyoake Wheatbelt Community Alcohol & Drug Service on winning the 2021 Outstanding Achievement in Collaboration for a Safer WA Award. 

Spotlight: Prevent Alcohol and Risk-related Trauma in Youth Program

The Injury Matters Outstanding Achievement Empowering WA to Prevent Injury or Support Recovery Award recognises the importance of this empowerment.

A large proportion of preventing injury comes down to empowering people to make the right decision for themselves and ultimately supporting the safety of those around them. The Injury Matters Outstanding Achievement Empowering WA to Prevent Injury or Support Recovery Award recognises the importance of this empowerment.

In 2021 the winner of this Award was the Royal Perth Hospital Prevent Alcohol and Risk-related Trauma in Youth Program.  

David Beattie (Injury Matters), Kellie Christie (Royal Perth Hospital), Kath Blackman (Royal Perth Hospital), Lilian Camilleri (Royal Perth Hospital), and Sandy Lukjanowski (Injury Matters).
David Beattie (Injury Matters), Kellie Christie (Royal Perth Hospital), Kath Blackman (Royal Perth Hospital), Lilian Camilleri (Royal Perth Hospital), and Sandy Lukjanowski (Injury Matters).

The P.A.R.T.Y program provides an avenue for Western Australian high school students to experience the journey of a trauma patient from a hospital’s Emergency Department through to the Trauma Wards. In doing this the program also provides an opportunity for trauma survivors to share their perspective and the story behind their injuries.  

By promoting injury prevention through reality education, the P.A.R.T.Y program enables youth to recognise risk, make informed choices and learn about potential traumatic consequences.   

The P.A.R.T.Y program has reached an impressive number of young Western Australian’s, helping to empower them to make informed decisions and ultimately reduce the rate of preventable injuries. The program has been delivered in Albany, Bunbury, Busselton, Geraldton, Kalgoorlie, Katanning, Midland and Perth, with additional students and community members attending a mobile outreach version of the program. 

Injury Matters congratulates Royal Perth Hospital for the success of the P.A.R.T.Y program and for winning the 2021 Outstanding Achievement Empowering WA to Prevent Injury or Support Recovery Award.  

Spotlight: Make the Right Call Research Project

The winner of this year’s award was the Make the Right Call research project, conducted by the Collaboration for Evidence, Research and Impact in Public Health (CERIPH) at Curtin University and the Royal Life Saving Society of Western Australia.

The 2021 Injury Matters Outstanding Achievement in Influencing Injury Policy or Practice Award recognises the important role that initiatives have in influencing individuals, agencies and/or decision makers awareness of injury prevention and recovery support as a priority in WA. 

The winner of this year’s award was the Make the Right Call research project, conducted by the Collaboration for Evidence, Research and Impact in Public Health (CERIPH) at Curtin University and the Royal Life Saving Society of Western Australia.  

David Beattie (Injury Matters), Meg Abercromby (Royal Life Saving WA), Malena Della Bona (Curtin University), and Sandy Lukjanowski (Injury Matters)
David Beattie (Injury Matters), Meg Abercromby (Royal Life Saving WA), Malena Della Bona (Curtin University), and Sandy Lukjanowski (Injury Matters)

The partnership between CERIPH and the Royal Life Saving Society WA is recognised within the global drowning prevention industry and continues to reinforce the value of a strong relationship between researchers and practitioners, in helping to identify real-world problems and improve community-based outcomes. 

The most recent collaboration between CERIPH and Royal Life Saving Society WA, and the one that has earnt them this year’s award, aimed to investigate the issue of drowning amongst older people living in Western Australia and how we can work to prevent drowning among this at-risk group.

This issue was explored using a comprehensive three stage, mixed-methods approach and utilised the findings to inform the development of the new ‘Make the Right Call’ public education campaign for Western Australian’s aged 45 years and over. Additionally, this research collaboration has importantly contributed to the body of evidence around the need to implement targeted activities to prevent fatal and non-fatal drowning incidents around the world. 

It is great to see strong evidence and data influencing progress in drowning prevention practice. Congratulations to the Make the Right Call research team.  

Spotlight: Black Swan Health, Men of Hope

This year’s winner of the Outstanding Achievement in Injury Recovery Award was the Black Swan Health Men of Hope program.

The 2021 Injury Matters Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion Awards provided an opportunity to recognise the vital role of organisations who are providing services aiming to reduce further harm following an acute injury in WA.  

This year’s winner of the Outstanding Achievement in Injury Recovery Award was the Black Swan Health Men of Hope program.  

David Beattie (Injury Matters), Grace Terina (Black Swan Health), Gerhard Rousseau (Black Swan Health), and Sandy Lukjanowski (Injury Matters).

Men of Hope is an initiative that supports men who are experiencing mental health and wellbeing issues. The program supports these men by providing them with an opportunity to regularly connect in an informal and safe setting. 

With a vision of “Get In, Get Healthy, Get Strong and Get Going”, Men of Hope aims to address social isolation amongst at-risk men, alleviating the burden of taking that first step to connecting with others. 

Men experiencing mental health and wellbeing issues can find it difficult to access the support network needed to help them make positive changes in their lives. This can result in feelings of hopelessness, a loss of connectedness with their community and a lack of purpose, which is what Men of Hope works to alleviate and assist in injury recovery.   

Activities are facilitated, guided by the Recovery Model, to support participants to build relationships, build self-esteem and exercise self-care. Examples of these activities include; music, cooking, and coffee and cake groups. Men of Hope works to restore self-worth and purpose for all participants by supporting those who might feel marginalised by society.  

Men of Hope is a true grassroots program making a difference. Congratulations to Black Swan Health and the Men of Hope team for winning the 2021 Outstanding Achievement in Injury Recovery Award. 

Grace Terina and Gerhard Rousseau (Black Swan Health)

Spotlight: Royal Life Saving Society WA, Keep Watch Program

This year’s winner of the Outstanding Achievement in Injury Prevention or Safety Promotion Award was the Royal Life Saving Society of WA’s Keep Watch Program.

The 2021 Injury Matters Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion Awards provided an opportunity to recognise individuals and organisations who are having a positive impact on the community by conducting activities that aim to prevent and reduce the impact of injury within Western Australia. 

This year’s winner of the Outstanding Achievement in Injury Prevention or Safety Promotion Award was the Royal Life Saving Society of WA’s Keep Watch Program.  

David Beattie (Injury Matters), Lauren Nimmo (RLSSWA), Rachel Murray (RLSSWA), and Sandy Lukjanowski (Injury Matters).
David Beattie (Injury Matters), Lauren Nimmo (RLSSWA), Rachel Murray (RLSSWA), and Sandy Lukjanowski (Injury Matters).

Drowning is the leading cause of preventable death in children aged 0–4 years in Australia and toddlers have a greater risk of both fatal and non-fatal drowning than any other age group. Given the vast waterways that surround WA, as well as those which are inland throughout our State, the work to prevent drownings is extensive but so important. 

The Royal Life Saving Society of WA delivers the state-wide toddler drowning prevention program, Keep Watch, to provide parents and carers of children under the age of 5 with information about toddler drowning risks and prevention strategies. The program holds a strong place in the WA community, having been around for over 25 years with a range of achievements in the prevention of injury. The program incorporates several strategies across many platforms to communicate the four Keep Watch messages, Supervise, Restrict, Teach and Respond. 

Members of the Royal Life Saving Society WA team.
Members of the Royal Life Saving Society WA team.

For the first time since record-keeping began, Western Australia recorded zero toddler drowning deaths in 2019/2020. This is a huge achievement, which is largely due to the sustained efforts that Royal Life has done over the life of the program and shows how deserving the organisation and program is for this award.  

The Keep Watch Program is a great example of how evidence-informed work, which is effectively evaluated can achieve great results in the prevention of injury. 

Congratulations to the Royal Life Saving Society of WA for winning the Outstanding Achievement in Injury Prevention or Safety Promotion Award and for the ongoing success of the Keep Watch Program.