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Sector News | April 2023

Stay On Your Feet® Remove Hazards grants

Applications for Stay On Your Feet® Remove Hazards grants are now open! Grants of up to $5,000 (plus GST) are available and will fund projects running between 1 September and 30 November 2023.

Grants are open to community groups and not-for-profit organisations, health professionals, and community workers working with older adults, retirement and lifestyle villages, optometry or podiatry clinics, and local governments.

2023 Injury Prevention Summit

On 11 May 2023, Injury Matters are bringing together people and organisations that matter in Western Australia for the Injury Prevention Summit at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre. The Summit is an opportunity to connect and learn from your peers also working to prevent injury in WA.

Expect Keynote presentations from experts Denise Sullivan, Director of Chronic Disease Prevention at the Department of Health, Lucy Saunders, Director and Founder of Healthy Streets, and Professor Tanya Chikritzhs, lead of the Alcohol Policy Research team at the National Drug Research Institute.

New Kidsafe WA Resource

Kidsafe WA, with the support of the Department of Health WA, has released a new resource for new and expecting parents and carers. A Parent’s Guide to Baby’s First Year provides safety information to reduce the risk of common injuries that can happen to babies and toddlers during their first 12 months of life.

National Reconciliation Week 2023

Running from 27 May to 3 June, National Reconciliation Week will be full of events for you to focus on your reconciliation commitment.  

Join WALGA and Reconciliation WA for a briefing on Thursday 30th March to learn how your Local Government and community can get involved this NRW! 

National Road Safety Week

National Road Safety Week is an annual initiative run by the Safer Australian Roads and Highways (SARAH) Group. Running from 14 – 21 May the week highlights the impact of road trauma and ways to reduce it. There are a number of initiatives happening in WA during the Week so be sure to keep an eye out for local activities.

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National Firearms Register Consultation

Consultation is currently open regarding the implementation of a National Firearms Register. The primary objective of a register would be to preserve community and police safety by ensuring police have the timely and accurate information necessary to access the firearms risk an individual poses and protect the community from harm.

Given the community safety benefits to the WA community we encourage you to make a submission regarding the consultation paper before it closes on 3 April.

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Overview of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health status 2022

The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet has recently released the latest edition of their annual evidence-based publication, the Overview of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health status 2022.

This publication outlines a number of stats including that in 2020-21 the second most common reason for hospitalisation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia was injury.

ABS Personal Safety Survey Results

The Australian Bureau of Statistics 2021-22 Personal Safety Survey collected information from persons aged 18 years and over about the nature and extent of their experiences of violence.

The results indicate that an estimated 41% of Australians have experienced violence since the age of 15. The information gained through this survey is vital to further understanding the community that we are working to support and the issue that we are working to prevent.

New AIHW Suicide and Self-harm Monitoring Project Release

The latest release from AIHW regarding the National Suicide and Self-harm Monitoring Project includes data regarding the use of mental health services, psychological distress, loneliness, suicide, ambulance attendances and a range of key metrics regarding the mental health of the Australian community.

National Community Attitudes towards violence against women survey

The NCAS provides insight into how people understand violence against women, their attitudes towards it and if there has been a change over time. Responses from over 19,000 Australians aged 16 years and over indicate that over 91% of respondents agree that violence against women is a problem in Australia but only 47% agreed that is a problem in their own suburb or town.

New AIHW Report – Alcohol-related injury: hospitalisations and deaths 2019-20

The latest AIHW Report highlights that almost 2,000 Australians die each year from an alcohol-related injury incident. The Report also provides insight into alcohol’s prevalence in sub topics, including the fact that alcohol was involved in 1 in 4 hospitalisations for self-harm and 1 in 5 hospitalisations due to assault.

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New ABS Work-related Injuries Report

ABS has released a new Report diving into the trends in the work-related injuries data and ultimately providing a more complete picture of work-related injuries that occur in Australia.

The Report highlights that in 2021-22 3.5% of Australia’s working population experienced a work-related injury or illness and that workers’ compensation claims in 2020-21 resulted in a total loss of 1.9 million weeks of work.

Australian Public Health Conference 2023

Abstracts are now open for the Australian Public Health Conference 2023, to be held in Hobart from the 26th to 28th September. Following the theme ‘Investing in a strong, smart and sustainable public health system for the future’ abstracts are encouraged relating to all public health issues.

Abstract submissions close on Friday 12 May.

The Journey to Ending Family, Domestic and Sexual Violence Conference 2023

Early bird tickets are now available for The Journey to Ending Family, Domestic and Sexual Violence Conference to be held at Optus Stadium on the 12th and 13th of September.

This conference will bring together leaders from across the sector to explore the relationships across primary prevention, early intervention, response, and recovery, and how each plays an essential role in ending family, domestic, and sexual violence.

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