Safer people and places.
To prevent and reduce the impact of injury and support those affected.
- Knowledge through diversity of people and skills
- Inquisitive and brave to innovate
- Genuine in our intent to have a positive impact
- Considered in our approach through evidence and experience
- Working with purpose and empathy to achieve better outcomes for people
To achieve our vision and purpose we focus on societal level changes down to the individual through influencing, empowering and collaborating.
- Influencing individuals, agencies and decision makers that injury prevention and the support of recovery is a priority.
- Empowering people, communities, professionals and agencies to make better decisions and modify factors to prevent injury and support recovery.
- Collaborating at local, national and international levels for effective shared solutions.
Our Strategic Plan 2018-2021
This 2018 – 2021 strategic plan continues to build a strong foundation
and further progress our organisation as an injury prevention and
recovery advocate for the WA community.
Our Reconciliation Action Plan
Injury Matters acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the lands and waters throughout Western Australia and pays respects to Elders past and present. We recognise the importance of continued connection to culture, country and community for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Our Service Charter
Injury Matters aims to provide high quality services to the Western Australian community in a safe environment through our range of programs, while respecting the diversity, dignity, and privacy of those engaged with our organisation in an inclusive manner.
In 1992 a small group of passionate Western Australians who believed that injuries were preventable, came together to form the Injury Control Council of WA. The aim from the very beginning was to help the WA community live long and healthy lives, free from injury.
We grew slowly at first, and advocated for a number of injury control policy measures that were later implemented by government, including forming major groups such as the Road Safety Council. We undertook projects and programs in falls and drowning prevention, the use and promotion of speed cameras, and the development of a road safety strategy for WA.
In 2001 we began coordinating the Stay On Your Feet® program, and soon after our peer education program was launched, with 35 volunteers recruited to deliver the program throughout metropolitan Perth.
Other programs we coordinated included WA Community Alcohol Network (WACAN), the Community Violence Among Young People Research Project, Understanding and Building Resilience in the South West, and the WA Older Driver Case Control Study. All these projects were carried out in addition to our ongoing role in raising awareness of injury prevention, providing professional development and strengthening connections between groups working in health and injury prevention areas.
Today Injury Matters continues to coordinate the Stay On Your Feet® as well as the Know Injury and Road Trauma Support WA programs.
Click here to see the evolution of Injury Matters over the past 25 years.
Injury Matters is able to continue to make a difference in the Western Australian community through funding obtained from the state government, donations and income generated through our programs and services.
“I am a physiotherapist working part time as a sole practitioner in a small rural town. Due to financial, location and family constraints, professional development opportunities are limited. So when I learnt of the Know Injury Regional Travel Grants to attend the Grassroots Falls Festival 2017 I jumped at the chance. I feel falls prevention is such an important facet of my practice, I have the ability to identify community members who are at risk before they have fallen, and potentially prevent these falls through education and exercise.I am very grateful for my experience and to Know Injury for providing me the opportunity to attend”
Injury Prevention Practitioner
“We would not have been able to embark on the journey without their [Know Injury] involvement and support. CONNECT.ed [Know Injury’s professional network], reveals links and encourages collaboration without forcing connections. ”
Road Trauma Support WA
“I was very satisfied with all aspects of the service. I came in at a time in my life when I was not sure how to cope and what was next. During a period of extreme grief, I found a ways of coping thanks to you! You gave me clear strategies and supported me each step of the way and helped me to see that I can move forward with life after loss. Thank you, I don’t know what I would have done without this service."
Injury Matters is governed by a board of directors, elected by our members at the Annual General Meeting.
Mr David Beattie
David joined the Injury Matters board in 2007. After serving as Treasurer for many years then Vice President, David was elected to the Chair in 2016. He has an MBA, in addition to being a Chartered Management Accountant, and has worked in financial and general management for more than 25 years, most of these in the capacity of Chief Financial Officer. David is also Chair of the board of One Tree Community Services, a WA-based not-for-profit organisation operating nationwide and employing more than 500 people.
Mr Bruno Faletti
Bruno previously managed School Drug Education and Road Aware, a cross sectoral organisation that works with government and non-government schools to deliver road safety and drug education.
Bruno has worked extensively as a consultant in the areas of health and education across Australia and internationally, and brings a wealth of management experience to Injury Matters’ operations.
Dr Rina Cercarelli
Rina has conducted research in the area of injury prevention for the last 22 years. Rina has conducted research on road safety, childhood injury, interpersonal violence, falls prevention, and injuries involving Indigenous people. The research has been published in a wide range of peer reviewed, international journals, and has led to significant changes in injury prevention policy in WA and nationally. Previously, Rina was Director and Deputy Director of the Injury Research Centre at UWA and has been a previous President of Injury Matters.
Ms Terri-Anne Pettet
Terri-Anne has over 12 years experience in injury prevention, with a focus on road safety, including roles in research, policy development, program delivery and administration. Terri-Anne has previously worked in regional WA as a Road Safety Officer and since 2002 Terri-Anne has managed the WA Local Government Association's RoadWise Program. The Local Government and Community Road Safety Program aim to contribute to the elimination of road crashes as a major cause of death and serious injury.
Post grad. Business, MAICD. Gordon has been a CEO in for profit and not for profit organisations for over 25 years. A board member since 2016, he is a former lecturer in management studies at Edith Cowan, Curtin Graduate School of Management and Notre Dame universities for over 13 years and is an experienced coach and mediator. Gordon currently provides mediation and coaching services through his own consultancy.
Tamsyn is a strategic Human Resources professional specialising in fostering values based cultures with a focus on driving innovation, service improvement and productivity in conjunction with best practice leadership and management.
Freda holds a B. App. Sc. (Psychology), Grad. Dip Psychology (Counselling), Grad. Dip. Curriculum and Educational Technology. MAICD. Freda has been a member of the RAC Council since November 1995, serving as President and President of the Australian Automobile Association at points within this period. She has served as a board member, chairperson, and commissioner of multiple not for profit organisations, and was a member of the Road Trauma Support WA (RTSWA) Steering Committee and Stakeholder Reference Group. Freda currently holds the positions of Client Services and Strategy Director of a Tax Accounting and Financial Planning firm and the Director of an ‘in-house’ finance/mortgage broker firm.
Sandy leads the Injury Matters team towards achieving a shared vision of safer people and places. Injury Matters seeks to prevent and reduce the impact of injury and support those affected through the provision of evidence informed programs and services. Complemented by research and advocacy activities designed to contribute to a population level reduction in injury and increased availability of appropriate, accessible supports for those affected by injury.
Sandy is a member of the Consumer Advisory Committee, providing advice to the Minister for Commerce and Commissioner for Consumer Protection on the activities and policies of the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety.
Sandy has an extensive background leadership of complex teams across aged care, health, and not-for-profit settings with over 14 years of senior leadership experience. Sandy holds a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Human Biology with post-graduate qualifications in Leadership.
Finance and Administration Lead
Paul coordinates and project manages a number of organisational services including finance, payroll and information technology for Injury Matters. Paul is a Certified Practicing Accountant with CPA Australia and has a wide scope of knowledge and experience in financial management, treasury, corporate administration and communication technology.
Executive Support Lead
Toni has over ten years’ experience working in the Aged Care and Disability industry, specifically with Not for Profits. She has extensive hands-on experience leading many HR, Workforce, and Software System projects. Toni supports the Injury Matters Executive Services team as the Executive Support Lead.
Ellen von Berg
As part of the Executive Services Team, Ellen provides administrative and accounts support to Injury Matters. She has varied experience from general administration through to bookkeeping and payroll.
Communications and Marketing Coordinator
Ashleigh coordinates the delivery of both internal and external marketing communications for Injury Matters. Prior to joining Injury Matters, Ashleigh worked in various communications roles across the energy, health, property and finance sectors. Ashleigh holds a Bachelor of Arts (Mass Communication), majoring in Marketing and Web Media.
Partnership and Development Manager
Emily has worked in a number of different roles for Injury Matters, including falls prevention and policy and sector support. With experience in community development at both a local and State Government level, she has been working in the injury prevention sector for the past eight years. Emily holds a Bachelor of Sport and Recreation Management. Emily is currently on maternity leave for 2020.
General Manager - Injury Prevention
Rachel Meade is the General Manager - Injury Prevention at Injury Matters. Rachel manages Injury Matters' prevention focussed programs such as the state-wide falls prevention program Stay On Your Feet®, Know Injury capacity building program and services as well as research and advocacy activities designed to contribute to a population-level reduction in injury rates in WA. Rachel is the secretary of the Australasian Injury Prevention Network and co-chair of the Public Health Association Australia Injury Prevention Special Interest Group. Rachel has worked in injury prevention in Western Australia for over 10 years and has experience working for not-for-profit and governments locally and internationally. Rachel has a Bachelor of Health Science, majoring in Human Movement and Public Health and a Master of Evaluation.
Injury Prevention Coordinator - Evidence and Practice
Roisin assists Injury Matters research and evaluation projects, with her experience in capacity building and falls prevention. Roisin holds a Bachelor of Preventative Health.
Injury Prevention Coordinator
Joanna coordinates the delivery of injury prevention campaigns and workforce engagement activities. Prior to joining Injury Matters, Joanna worked in the government sector and has experience managing projects across a range of health areas. Joanna holds a Bachelor of Science in Health Promotion.
Injury Prevention Officer (Community Engagement)
As part of the Injury Prevention Team, Sophie works as an Injury Prevention Officer – Community Engagement. Prior to joining the team, Sophie has worked in various roles including remote WA. Sophie holds a Bachelor of Preventive Health (Health Promotion).
Acting Program Delivery Lead
Michelle has extensive experience in the Health Promotion field, focusing on improving health outcomes, particularly for young people. She has experience in curriculum writing, as well as designing and delivering experiential and interactive education sessions in the areas of social and emotional health, resilience, drug and road safety education. Michelle previously worked at the University of Notre Dame lecturing in Health Promotion and coordinating the Industry Practicum for the School of Health Science.
Injury Prevention Officer - Special Projects
General Manager - Recovery Support
Christine manages Injury Matters community-focused trauma recovery support services and has over 20 years’ experience working in senior positions in the community, health and disability sector. Christine holds a Bachelor of Science (Health Promotion).
Recovery Support Coordinator – Community Engagement
Alyson supports Injury Matters in coordinating recovery support campaigns, communications, workshops and partnerships for the Road Trauma Support program. Alyson holds a bachelor of Science (Health Promotion) and prior to joining Injury Matters, Alyson worked in Local Government and not-for-profits.
Recovery Support Coordinator - Workforce Engagement
Erin holds a Bachelor of Science (Psychology) with Honours and a Master of Human Rights. She has worked across federal government as a Lead Researcher for evidence-based health policy, using the tools of behavioural economics to improve health outcomes for Australians. She has delivered services over community pharmacy, disability support and mental health outreach, while working independently in communications, writing and consulting.
Erin’s writing and research focuses on healthy ageing, human rights, neurodiversity and grassroots approaches to trauma recovery. Erin has lived regionally and remotely and enjoys working creatively alongside communities to best support them to meet their goals.
Adriana is a Registered Psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulatory Agency (AHPRA) and a Member of the Australian Psychological Society (MAPS). Adriana holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Edith Cowan University; a Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology from Curtin University.
Recovery Support Lead
Clare has over 15 years' experience working in the mental health and community well-being spectrum for Not for Profit agencies. Clare holds a BA (Hons) in Counselling and is an Accredited Bereavement Counsellor. Clare is a Level 4 member of the Australian Counselling Association and a member of the ACA College of Supervisors.
Melissa is a Registered Psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulatory Agency (AHPRA) and a full Member of the Australian Psychological Society (MAPS). Melissa holds a B.A (Psychology), and a B.A (Honours, Psychology), from the University of Western Australia; and a Master of Psychology (Clinical) from Edith Cowan University.
Sarah provides individualised counselling support within the Road Trauma Support service. She is a Registered Psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and a full Member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS). Sarah obtained a Bachelor of Psychology degree from Curtin University.
Recovery Support Officer (Client Liaison)
Janet provides administrative support to the trauma support service and Injury Matters.
Recovery Support Officer (Client Support)
Eugene provides initial support to clients as part of the Recovery Support team and support with the MaPS project into the research and evaluation of Heavy Vehicle Operators for Road Trauma Support. Eugene’s holds a BEc (Hons), Dip. Community Services, Dip. Counselling and brings with him extensive experience working in the road safety and transport industry.
Injury Matters is committed to achieving a diverse workforce and strongly encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Do you want to make a difference to the health of others?
Do you want a volunteering experience that will fit in with your lifestyle?
Volunteering opportunities exist within specific program areas at Injury Matters depending on your skills and area of interest. In particular Injury Matters is looking for older volunteers to support the Stay On Your Feet® program.
Injury Matters encourages students to undertake their practicum placement with our various projects. Previous student placements have included; event coordination, research, stakeholder mapping, data collection and review, resource creation and evaluation.
Our staff take the time to ensure the students have the opportunity to engage in appropriate projects, to learn from the practicum tasks and participate in the staff activities.
For further information about opportunities for students and volunteers contact us on (08) 6166 7688 or email [email protected].