AWARDS | 2021 Injury Matters Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion Awards

The 2021 Injury Matters Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion Awards 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.

Applications for the Awards are open until the 8th of January 2021 and are encouraged from the diverse injury prevention and safety promotion sector, including not-for-profit organisations, private sector, community groups, educational institutions and government bodies.

Award categories include:

  • Outstanding Achievement in Injury Prevention or Safety Promotion.
  • Outstanding Achievement in Injury Recovery.
  • Outstanding Achievement in Influencing Injury Policy or Practice.
  • Outstanding Achievement Empowering WA to Prevent Injury or Support Recovery.
  • Outstanding Achievement in Collaboration for a Safer WA. 
  • Outstanding Achievement in Injury Prevention or Recovery Support within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
  • Outstanding Achievement by a Local Government in Injury Prevention or Recovery Support.

We encourage you to share the Injury Matters 2021 Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion Awards nomination booklet with your networks to ensure all injury prevention activities having a positive impact in WA are recognised.

A breakfast event to celebrate all the nominees and winners will be held on 25 March 2021 at the Duxton Hotel in Perth – mark your calendars!

Click here for more information and to download the nomination booklet.

Injury Matters in Broome

Injury Matters will be in Broome from Monday 25 November to Friday 29 November, to conduct a number of activities that aim to reduce the impact of injury within the Kimberley region.

Injury Matters will be in Broome from Monday 25 November to Friday 29 November, to conduct a number of activities that aim to reduce the impact of injury within the Kimberley region.

Our Road Trauma Support WA (RTSWA) service will be facilitating an “Understanding and Working with Road Trauma” workshop on Wednesday 27 November for Main Roads WA staff. This workshop will increase participants understanding of, and ways of working with those experiencing, grief, loss and trauma, the impact of road trauma, how to look after self and stay well and how and when to seek professional help following a road traffic crash in WA.

If you are interested in our RTSWA service conducting a similar workshop with your staff members, please call (08) 6166 7688.

To support our new heavy vehicle road safety project, Mentally and Physically Safe on our Roads (MaPS) we will also be consulting with the local community regarding the challenges that local heavy vehicle operators face in maintaining their health and wellbeing. If you are based in the Kimberley region, work in the heavy vehicle industry and are interested in being involved in this consultation process, please contact us to arrange a time to gather your feedback. 

Want to know more about MaPS on our Roads? Contact [email protected]

Our team is also offering a free community falls prevention presentation at the Broome Community Resource Centre (CRC) on Thursday, 28 November at 3:30pm. See the CRC Facebook for more details.

We have times available for any organisation or group who would like us to present to their staff. Injury presentation topics include:

  • The incidence of injury in the Kimberley;
  • Understanding of grief and loss after road trauma; and
  • Supporting yourself or others after road trauma.

New resource – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and injury

Know Injury has recently released a new resource regarding the incidence of injury among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

The resource outlines a number of statistics including that in WA Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are hospitalised due to injury 2.5 times more than non-Aboriginal people, with 10,165 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples hospitalised due to injury from July 2013 to June 2015.

Click here to access the new resource.

2018-2019 Federal Budget – Injury

The 2018-19 Federal Budget was released on 8 May 2018, which revealed a $12.4 billion increase in the Health Budget, to $99.1 billion for health, aged care and sport.

Key injury prevention funding allocations outlined in the Budget include an:

  • Increase in mental health funding by $338.1 million to focus on suicide prevention, research, older Australians and advancing the Fifth National Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan.
  • $1.0 million of funding to reduce the number of preventable childhood injuries through the SeeMore Safety Program.
  • $0.9 million allocation to develop a new National Injury Prevention Strategy aimed at reducing childhood injuries by investing in infant and maternal health.
  • Support for Surf Life Saving Australia, Royal Life Saving Australia, AUSTSWIM and Laurie Lawrence Swimming Enterprises to deliver the Water and Snow Safety Program.

Other injury prevention related activities include investments regarding; aged care, improving access to health care facilities, Indigenous health services, alcohol and drug abuse and activities encouraging physical activity.

For the full 2018/19 Federal Budget click here.

National Road Safety Week 2018 comes to a close

Perth was chosen to be this year’s host city for the 2018 National Road Safety Week, which began five years ago and is an initiative of Safer Australian Roads and Highways (SARAH) founder and president Peter Frazer.

Peter lost his daughter Sarah in an horrific road crash in 2012 just as she was on her way to begin her university studies at a neighbouring university and to start a new chapter in her life at the age of 23.

Sarah had experienced car trouble on the way to her first day of university and had been forced to pull over to the emergency lane and to call and wait for a tow truck to provide assistance. Sadly both Sarah and the tow truck driver were killed instantly when a truck, which failed to see and avoid them, ploughed into them both killing them instantly.

Peter later discovered that the emergency lane on that stretch of road did not meet national safety guidelines and has become a tireless campaigner for road safety, marking the start of a journey neither he nor his wife had ever wanted to take.

The campaign launch was held at Perth’s newly opened Yagan Square on Sunday April 29 and was officially marked by WA Road Safety Minister Hon. Michelle Roberts and acting Road Safety Commissioner Iain Cameron, leading road safety figures from across WA, community members and the Road Trauma Support WA team.

The week highlighted the safety needs of different road users and groups throughout the week, focusing on first responders, roadside assistance workers, vulnerable road users, those on regional roads as well as cyclists and motorcyclists.

It also incorporated a research forum which brought together those involved in enforcement, legislation, protection, research and support, looking at the latest trends and evidence around road safety and mapping out ways to work together moving forward.

Although the profile and impact of National Road Safety Week continues to grow each year and to resonate with communities across Australia, the reality is that despite education, advocacy, legislation and enforcement, the number of those killed and injured on our roads continues to grow. And with that the number of families and community members who are left devastated in its wake.

Governments across the world continue to call for tougher penalties for those who break the law on our roads, and although the vast majority abide by those laws, there are still those who don’t – putting themselves and others at risk.

Road Safety experts also referred to those who aren’t drinking and driving, who aren’t speeding and who are routinely wearing their seatbelts, but who make momentary mistakes that will impact them and those around them for the rest of their lives.

The Road Trauma Support WA team would like to thank Peter Frazer and the SARAH group for all of their hard work, the WA Road Safety Commission team who coordinated the event nationally from Perth, WA Road Safety Minister Hon. Michelle Roberts and all those across Australia who worked tirelessly behind the scenes to make the events of the past week happen.

As we reflect on the events of the past week, which have successfully put road safety in the national spotlight, lets pause to remember all of those who are struggling in the wake of road trauma.

If you, a friend, family member or colleague has been impacted by road trauma would like further information or support it is available at

Injury Matters Submission to National Road Safety Strategy Inquiry 2011-2020

On 8 September the Australian Government announced an inquiry in to the national Road Safety Strategy 2011-2020.

Despite efforts to improve road safety and driver behaviour, road fatalities and critical injuries remain a serious problem in Western Australia. The physical impact as well as mental heath outcomes of individuals and communities affected by road crashes can be long lasting. Injury Matters provides much needed high quality mental health support services for people who have been affected by a road trauma through the Road Trauma Support WA service.

Injury Matters’ submission to the inquiry can be read here.

Injury Matters Submission to National Alcohol Strategy 2018-2026

On 27 November 2017 it was agreed that the draft National Alcohol Strategy would undergo public consultation to inform the strategic direction and strategies of the Strategy.

Alcohol has a significant impact on the health and safety of Western Australians and alcohol-related harm is an issue across all injury areas. Alcohol is linked to a range of intentional and unintentional injuries, including falls, violence, suicide and self-harm, drownings and transport injuries.

As such Injury Matters made a submission to the consultation highlighting areas for action to reduced alcohol related harm in Western Australia.

Injury Matters’ submission can be read here.

Hospitalisations due to farm injuries in Australia

A recent release by AIHW, Hospitalised farm injury, Australia: 2010-11 to 2014-15, highlights that there were 22,000 hospitalisations in Australia between 2010-11 and 2014-15 due to injuries which occurred on a farm.

Click here to view Know Injury’s blog about the report or access the full AIHW report today.