We have had great contract news this year, with extended contracts for our existing programs alongside new funding granted by the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator. These longer-term agreements will enable us to further solidify ourselves as an asset to the WA community, while our new program funding will allow us to reach even more of the community in need, for the next 5 years.
Injuries remain a major public health issue, and we are impressed by the commitment the government has shown in backing initiatives like our Know Injury and Stay On Your Feet® programs, as well as our friends at Kidsafe and Royal Life Saving Society WA, for injury prevention.
Health Minister, Roger Cook said, “The McGowan Government is committed to the ongoing support of initiatives and NGOs who help reduce preventable health problems for Western Australians and relieve the pressure on our public health system.”
“These are important contracts with expert organisations who help promote healthy lifestyles, prevent injury and reduce the need for hospital admissions,” Mr Cook said.
You can get involved with the upcoming Stay On Your Feet® campaign HERE.
Additionally, we were excited to be awarded $436,000 of heavy vehicle safety funding to support the Mentally and Physically Safe on our Roads (MaPS) project, through the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator’s (NHVR) 2019 Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative, supported by the Federal Government.
The MaPS project is the first of its kind in Australia, and proposing to deliver an innovative mental and physical safety program specifically targeting heavy vehicle operators through information and education over the next 2 years.
With WA’s vast and remote road network, heavy vehicle operators are often the first to come across the scene of a road crash. Being first on scene, providing assistance, witnessing, being involved in or causing a crash, can have a traumatic and long lasting impact.
MaPS will focus on improving awareness and knowledge amongst heavy vehicle operators of the importance of maintaining good health, physically and mentally, as a means of staying safe on our roads.
This program will be fortified by our experience from the Road Trauma Support WA program, which has also received longer-term funding through the Road Safety Commission WA. These initiatives will work to further support the WA community and continue to reduce, and support recovery from, injuries on our roads.
Keep an eye out on our website for more information as the program takes shape.