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Sector News | June 2023

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Latest Injury Surveillance Reports 

Royal Perth Hospital has recently released surveillance reports regarding; 

Access the reports today to increase your awareness of injury issues impacting the WA community.  

New AIHW Indigenous Mental Health and Suicide Prevention publications 

Indigenous domestic and family violence, mental health and suicide 
This report highlights how Indigenous Australians’ experiences of domestic and family violence (DFV) are affected by current law, policy, programs and services. It discusses research and programs where DFV intersects with mental health and/or suicide and focuses on best practice and ways to improve outcomes for Indigenous Australians.  

Intergenerational trauma and mental health 
The link between exposure to trauma and increased risk of poor mental health is well established. This paper aims to define the link between intergenerational trauma and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ mental health and to identify current best-practice policies and programs to address this issue.  

Joining forces at the World Falls Prevention Conference Perth 

Injury Matters is proud to be accepted to host a pre-conference workshop at the upcoming Australia and New Zealand Falls Prevention Society & World Falls Congress 2023 Joint Conference in Perth. 

This workshop will bring together a diverse range of community-based healthcare professionals to explore challenges and solutions in providing collaborative care throughout the community pathway of falls prevention and integrating coordinated multidisciplinary care within their work. 

Date: Sunday 26 November 2023, 1:00pm-4:00pm 
Cost: $80 

World Drowning Prevention Day 

Held on 25 July, this years World Drowning Prevention Day encourages everyone to “Do one thing. Improve one thing. Add one thing” to increase knowledge and safety in and around the water.

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Age-friendly communities grants 

Grants of up to $15,000 will be available through the Age-friendly Communities Connectivity Grants Program to local governments and not-for profit community organisations to undertake initiatives that build older people’s connection to community. 

The Age-friendly Communities Connectivity Grants Program closes on 19 July 2023.  

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New Alcohol. Think Again campaign 

Alcohol. Think Again’s new campaign What’s your poison? prompts people to reconsider this common phrase by showing that when a person drinks alcohol, the body converts it to acetaldehyde, a poison. 

Suicide prevention in LGBTQA+ young people Guidelines 

A new set of Australian guidelines outlining best practices for suicide prevention in LGBTQA+ young people aim to help clinical and community service providers improve care for LGBTAQ+ young people who experience suicidal behaviours. 

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Consultation – Planning for Bushfire Protection 

The Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC) has released the draft State Planning Policy 3.7: Bushfire (SPP 3.7) and Planning for Bushfire Guidelines (Guidelines) for public comment. 

Submissions on the draft SPP3.7 and Guidelines close Monday, 17 July 2023. 

Australasian Road Safety Conference 2023 

Join Australasia’s leading road safety and injury prevention researchers, practitioners and policy makers for the Australasian Road Safety Conference 2023. Held in Cairns QLD and online, the hybrid conference will bring together stakeholders to facilitate collaboration and share information.  

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Masterclass in Aged Care Design: Creating Supportive Environments for older people 

An interactive one-day course that will equip you with the knowledge and skills needed to design meaningful aged care homes. Gain expert insights on designing aged care homes and connect with peers working on similar projects. Nick Seemann and Liz Fuggle will introduce core principles for design for dementia, frailty, and ageing, and explore the practical application of these principles in real projects.

Suitable for architects, planners, Property and development professionals, and Aged care executives interested in building development. 


Upcoming WAAMH training 

The WA Association for Mental Health has a number of training sessions coming up in July, including in person and online events focusing on alcohol and other drugs, self-care and de-escalation.  

New AIHW Sporting Injuries Report 

In 2020–21, about 66,500 sports injuries led to a hospital stay in Australia. This latest report by AIHW describes the people who were hospitalised, the sports they were playing, and the types of injuries they sustained. 

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Upcoming events: 

23 June | Poisoning Prevention in WA webinar 
10 July | Next Steps for Injury Prevention webinar  
NOW | Falls Prevention online modules     
NOW | Injury Prevention online module     

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