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 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.


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

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


My contact with RTS was short as that was all I needed, but it made a great contribution to my emotional healing. Just continuing to be there for people in need, the staff are amazing and do a fantastic job.

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.”

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

Our Board

Mr David Beattie


David has been a member of the Injury Matters board since 2007. He has previously served as Treasurer for many years and was the Vice President. David has worked in general and financial management for more than 25 years, most of these in the capacity of Chief Financial Officer. David is currently Chairperson of the board of One Tree Community Services, a WA-based not-for-profit organisation operating in three states and employing more than 250 people.

Mr Kane Blackman

Deputy Chair

Kane joined the Injury Matters’ Board of Directors in October 2015.

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 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.

Mr Bruno Faletti

Board Member

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.

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.

Dr Melissa Stoneham

Board Member

Melissa is the Director of the Public Health Advocacy Institute of WA. Previously she has worked teaching public health and health promotion in the tertiary sector, worked as an Occupational Health Advisor (Queensland Government), a local government based workplace health and safety professional, an Environmental Health Professional and also with humanitarian aid agencies in both Africa (medical waste with WHO and AusAID) and the Pacific (alcohol & drug harm minimisation with Secretariat of Pacific Communities).

She has worked and held an interest in the injury prevention area for many years, specifically with the local government sector. Melissa has experience with a number of Boards at state, national and international organisations.

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

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 to enable successful operations and delivery of programs.

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. He has worked in a number of senior roles with the private sector and within the WA Government public sector for more than 18 years.

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.

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 has a Bachelor of Health Science, majoring in Human Movement and Public Health and a Masters in Evaluation. Rachel has worked in injury prevention in Western Australia for over 9 years and has experience working for not-for-profit and governments locally and internationally.

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 has a Bachelor of Science (Health Promotion).

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. She previously lived and worked in remote Western Australia and has experience delivering mental health, ear health and capacity building programs, and working with Aboriginal communities.

Gemma holds a Bachelor of Health Science from the University of Western Australia, majoring in Human Biology and Public Health.

Chloe Macri

Injury Prevention Assistant

Chloe leads Injury Matters falls prevention peer education program and community displays.

Chloe has a Bachelor of Science (Health Promotion).

Emily Anderson

Policy and Sector Support Manager

Emily has a Bachelor of Sport and Recreation Management and has been working in the injury prevention sector for the past eight years. Emily has also worked 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 and is currently the organisation's Policy and Sector Support Manager.

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. In addition to this Samantha has developed numerous performance frameworks, applying quantitative approaches (such as health economics/statistics, health demand and supply analysis) and qualitative analysis (such as conducting interviews, stakeholder engagement, facilitating focus groups or soliciting stakeholder buy-in).

Catrina Wold

Evidence and Practice Lead

Catrina leads Injury Matters research and evaluation projects.

Catrina has a Bachelor of Kinesiology and Masters of Exercise Science and a Masters of Public Health. 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.

Alyson Elari

Policy and Sector Support Officer

Alyson supports Injury Matters sector support programs such as professional development, networking and grants programs.

Alyson has a Bachelor of Science (Health Promotion) and prior to joining Injury Matters Alyson worked in Local Government and not-for-profits.

Roisin Sweeney

Evidence and Practice Officer

Roisin assists Injury Matters research and evaluation projects.

Roisin holds a Bachelor of Preventative Health and has experience in capacity building and falls prevention.

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Allison Hass

Community Outreach Coordinator

Christine Smith

Trauma Support Manager

Christine manages Injury Matters community-focused trauma support services such as Road Trauma Support WA that contributes to reducing the social and mental impact of injuries in WA.

Christine has a Bachelor of Science (Health Promotion) and over 20 years experience working in senior positions in the community, health and disability sector. Her breadth of experience extends into the not-for-profit and Government environment and includes Business Development, Grant Management, Communications, Education and Training.

Adriana Evans


Adriana is a registered psychologist who utilises a variety of therapeutic interventions depending on individual needs however she primarily draws upon Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). Adriana has a particular interest working with anxiety related disorders and with individuals who have experienced trauma in their lives, however she also has extensive experience working with individuals for; stress; parenting support; low self-esteem; chronic pain; depression and issues of adjustment and change. Adriana’s educational background includes a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Edith Cowan University; a Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology from Curtin University. Adriana is a Registered Psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulatory Agency (AHPRA) and a Member of the Australian Psychological Society (MAPS).

Melissa Nicholls


Melissa is a registered psychologist who has experience working effectively with clients across the lifespan, from early childhood through to twilight years. Melissa has worked in both Private Practice and Organisational settings, helping individuals with a range of concerns, including: managing stress, depression, anxiety, parenting support, substance use, challenging behaviours, sleep concerns, grief and loss, and self-esteem issues. Melissa utilises a range of therapeutic approaches depending on the individual needs of the client, drawing primarily from the Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Mindfulness modalities.

Melissa’s educational background includes 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. Melissa is a Registered Psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulatory Agency (AHPRA) and a full Member of the Australian Psychological Society (MAPS).

Injury Matters is committed to achieving a diverse workforce and strongly encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

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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].