Our Organisation

Our People

Our Opportunities

Injury Matters leads the way in preventing injury and supporting recovery by providing programs and services that enable Western Australians to live long and healthy lives.

Our Vision

Towards an injury-free community.

Our Mission

To prevent injury and support recovery.

Our Values

  • Integrity
  • Professionalism
  • Respect
  • Passion
  • Inclusiveness

Our Approach

To achieve our vision and mission we focus on societal level changes down to the individual through influencing, empowering and collaborating.

Our focus is on

  • 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.
  • 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.

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 recognise that membership, participation and collaboration are vital to ensure our continued growth as a strong voice for injury prevention and support of recovery in Western Australia. Working together to make our community a safer place in which to live, work and play.

Injury Matters welcomes people from a wide variety of backgrounds and organisations all of whom are united by a commitment to preventing injury and supporting recovery in Western Australia.

By becoming a member you will have the opportunity to be part of our growth and assist us to continue to give our members, the community, health sector and allied organisations, the services, information and opportunities they require.

Many exciting events have taken place at Injury Matters. We have a number of achievements within our existing programs and have expanded our activities to address new and emerging issues.  As a member, you will benefit from:

  • A quarterly newsletter
  • The opportunity to be part of a united voice in injury prevention, research and advocacy
  • Access to local national and international injury prevention and recovery networks
  • Access to injury prevention based resources, research, up-to-date data and referrals
  • The opportunity to partner with other leading professionals and organisations in injury prevention and recovery
  • Access to relevant training and events
  • The opportunity to be part of the Injury Matters board
  • Voting rights at the Annual General Meeting

Your Injury Matters membership will ensure we continue to grow as a strong voice for injury prevention and recovery in Western Australia.

To become a member please contact us on (08) 9420 7212 or email info@injurymatters.org.au.

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.


Natalie Iddon

Cowaramup Physiotherapy

“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”

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!'”

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.

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

Vice President

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 Melson

Board Member

Gordon has been CEO of a number organisations such as Diabetes ACT and Homelessness Australia (formerly Australian Federation of Homelessness Organisations) as well as President and Director on numerous boards such as Diabetes Tasmania and Diabetes Australia.

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

Organisational Support Coordinator

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.

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 7 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).

Sonya Clark


Sonya leads Injury Matters strength and balance programs for falls prevention.

Sonya is a qualified Physiotherapist and has more than 25 years of experience in the field of Physiotherapy and also has a background in teaching.

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).

Christine Smith

Policy and Sector Support Manager

Christine manages public policy and advocacy projects, research and evaluation, business development and sector support programs and services designed to contribute to a population level reduction in injury rates in Western Australia.

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.

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.

Joanne Graham- Smith

Grants and Funding Coordinator

Joanne coordinates grant and funding opportunities for Injury Matters to enable us to be sustainable as an organisation.

She holds a Bachelor of Science (Health Sciences). She has over 13 years’ experience working in health promotion, at a state government level and in the area of child health promotion research. Prior to joining Injury Matters, Joanne worked as a Health Promotion Research and Project Officer with the WA Health Promotion Foundation (Healthway).

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 Assistant

Roisin assists Injury Matters research and evaluation projects.

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

Ryan Fernie

Trauma Support Manager

Ryan 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.

Ryan holds a Graduate Certificate in Management and a Certificate IV in Project Management.

He has held a number of senior positions within State Government and the not-for-profit sector and has a strong background in leadership and management.

Susan Medica

Counselling Coordinator

Susan is responsible for coordinating Injury Matters specialized trauma and bereavement counselling service, preventative education and professional development workshops.

Susan is a Registered Psychologist, with a Masters of Psychology (Counselling). She has previously worked across a variety of fields including rehabilitation, post-natal trauma, institutional and family abuse and in private practice.

Gary Hurst


Garry provides specialised trauma and bereavement counselling to people affected by road crashes.

Gary is an experienced Social Worker, having worked many years in the adolescent and adult cancer field as both clinician and in senior management roles. He has also worked with victims of crime, the Cancer Council and young people living with cancer in the areas of trauma and loss and grief. Therapy modalities include Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and Mindfulness.

Georgie Sweeting

Community Outreach Coordinator

Georgie holds a Bachelor of Arts (English) and is currently completing a Master of Strategic Communications.

Georgie trained as a journalist with The West Australian and has more than 15 years experience in media and public relations across a variety of sectors.

Melanie Gould

Trauma Support Officer

Melanie provides administration support and reception to Injury Matters.

She has many years’ experience in administration for not-for-profit organisations and has developed strong knowledge and skill base for finance and administration.

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

There are currently no opportunities available.

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) 9420 7212 or email info@injurymatters.org.au.