Our Organisation

Our People

Our Opportunities

Our Vision

Safer people and places.

Our Purpose

To prevent and reduce the impact of injury and support those affected.

Our Values

  • 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

Our Focus

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.

Read our Strategic Plan here

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.

Read our Reflect Plan here

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.

Partners

Injury Matters is able to thrive through the services and partnerships provided by a range of organisations across Australia.

Road Trauma Support WA

Client

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."

Health Professional

“I have been finding the [Stay On Your Feet®] campaigns really good, the forum, the information and all the packages and resources along the way have been really useful.”

Community Member

“Stay On Your Feet® programs out in the community make awareness of the consequences of falling very clear and help every age group to be more diligent in their day to day activities, and therefore help all age groups to ‘stay on their feet!'”

Injury Matters is governed by a board of directors, elected by our members at the Annual General Meeting.

Our Board

Mr David Beattie

Chair

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

Deputy Chair

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.

Mr Kane Blackman

Board Member

MBA, BSc(Honours), GradDipACG, Dip.Mod Lang, MAICD, FGIA, FCIS. Kane is the currently Commission Secretary at the Insurance Commission of WA, responsible for the corporate affairs obligations, including government relations, stakeholder management, governance and company secretariat. He has over 12 years’ experience in the resource, financial and consulting sectors, and well as being a Chartered Secretary. Kane’s other current directorships include Deputy Chair of Rare Voices Australia, Non-Executive Director of Therapy Focus, Deputy Member of the Road Safety Council of WA and WA Branch of the Governance Institute of Australia. Kane’s other current directorships include Road Safety Council of WA and WA Branch of the Governance Institute of Australia.

Dr Rina Cercarelli

Board Member

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

Board Member

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.

Gordan Melsom

Board Member

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.

Our Staff

Sandy Lukjanowski

Chief Executive

Sandy has an extensive background in leadership of complex teams across the corporate, health and not-for-profit sector. Sandy holds a Bachelor of Science (Hons) majoring in management with post graduate qualifications in leadership and is currently working towards a Masters of Business Administration.

Paul Goonting

Finance and Business Administrator

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.

Renee Herold

Organisational Support Assistant

Renee assists in the provision of organisational services in finance, payroll and administration to Injury Matters to enable successful operations and delivery of programs. Early in her career, Renee worked in business banking, accounting and completed further education in Accounting at Joondalup TAFE.

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Ashleigh Kostecki

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.

Rachel Meade

Injury Prevention Manager

Rachel manages community focused injury prevention programs at Injury Matters such as Stay On Your Feet® and services designed to contribute to a population level reduction in injury rates in WA. Rachel holds a Bachelor of Health Science, majoring in Human Movement and Public Health and a Masters in Evaluation.

Juliana Summers

Injury Prevention Lead

Juliana coordinates the delivery of injury prevention programs and services to prevent injury and support recovery in Western Australia such as Stay On Your Feet® campaigns. Juliana holds a Bachelor of Science (Health Promotion).

Sophia Ridley

Sophia Ridley

Injury Prevention Assistant

Sophia supports the delivery of community focused injury prevention programs and services, such as the Stay On Your Feet campaigns. Sophia holds a Bachelor of Science in Health Promotion and a Graduate Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety from Curtin University.

Gemma Brooks

Injury Prevention Officer

Gemma supports community focused injury prevention programs at Injury Matters such as Stay On Your Feet® and services designed to contribute to a population level reduction in injury rates in WA. Gemma holds a Bachelor of Health Science from the University of Western Australia, majoring in Human Biology and Public Health.

Emily Anderson

Policy and Sector Support Manager

Emily has experience in community development at both a local and State Government level. She has worked in a number of different roles for Injury Matters, including falls prevention and policy and sector support. Emily holds a Bachelor of Sport and Recreation Management and has been working in the injury prevention sector for the past eight years.

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Samantha Dowling

Partnership and Sector Engagement Lead

Samantha has over 25 years’ experience in the community and health industry having worked across the sector in executive and strategy roles in government, private and not-for-profit organisations. Samantha is the Lead Partnership and Engagement Officer at Injury Matters and has extensive experience in population and public health planning, program design, evaluation, policy development, data analysis and strategic planning.

Alyson Elari

Policy and Sector Support Officer

Alyson supports Injury Matters sector support programs such as professional development, networking and grants programs. Alyson holds a Bachelor of Science (Health Promotion) and prior to joining Injury Matters Alyson worked in Local Government and not-for-profits.

Catrina Wold

Evidence and Practice Lead

Catrina leads Injury Matters research and evaluation projects. Prior to joining Injury Matters Catrina worked as a Data Analyst in Public Health Policy and a Sessional Lecturer in Health Promotion at Curtin University. Catrina holds a Bachelor of Kinesiology and Masters of Exercise Science and a Masters of Public Health.

Roisin Sweeney

Evidence and Practice Officer

Roisin assists Injury Matters research and evaluation projects, with her experience in capacity building and falls prevention. Roisin holds a Bachelor of Preventative Health.

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Policy and Sector Support Officer (Maternity Leave)

Glenda supports Injury Matters sector support programs by coordinating professional development, networking and engagement opportunities.
Glenda holds a Bachelor of Science (Health Science) and prior to joining Injury Matters Glenda worked in the community services sector.

Christine Smith

Trauma Support Manager

Christine manages Injury Matters community-focused trauma 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).

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Allison Hass

Community Outreach Coordinator

Adriana Evans

Counsellor

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.

Melissa Nicholls

Counsellor

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.

Trauma Support Officer

Janet provides administrative support to the trauma support service and Injury Matters.

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].