Local Governments play a significant role in developing, coordinating and delivering injury prevention and community safety policies and programs in their local area. When conducting injury prevention activities, it not only reduces the risk of an injury occurring, but it also improves the overall health of the population and an individual’s quality of life.
If you work for a Local Government in WA, Injury Matters has a number of resources and projects available to support you keep your community members safe.
Public Health Plans
Public Health Plans and other strategic documents are useful frameworks to support the prioritisation of community safety and injury prevention activities conducted by your Local Government. Injury Matters can support you by:
- Identifying injury priorities and population groups, through the provision of localised injury fatality and hospitalisation data,
- Connecting you with organisations across WA that can partner with you to deliver injury prevention and safety promotion activities,
- Providing advice on injury prevention activities and evaluation requirements,
- Supporting the implementation of activities where possible, and
- Participating in planning meetings and joining working groups / committees.
Professional development opportunities
Do you need support to build your skills and knowledge in injury prevention and recovery? Injury Matters provides professional development webinars, information sessions and workshops that are tailored for Local Government Officers and Managers, including those working in health promotion, community safety, community development, environmental health and emergency management.
- View and register for upcoming events.
- Catch up on past webinars.
- Complete our injury prevention and falls prevention online learning modules.
We understand that Local Government employees work on a number of competing priority activities. To help balance this challenge we have created a number of resources to support Local Governments easily communicate with community members about injury prevention and encourage behaviour change.
Connecting with fellow practitioners who have an interest in preventing injuries is a key component of community safety and injury prevention. Networking groups provide an opportunity to discuss trends, share resources, advocate, collaborate and increase your knowledge of programs and policies.
Injury Matters hosts three networking programs for Local Government workers;
If you are hosting a community event, be sure to reach out and let us know. We are always looking for opportunities to connect with the WA community and raise awareness of the importance of injury prevention behaviours by hosting a stall or delivering a presentation at community events.
Injury Matters is also available to deliver free falls prevention presentations for older adults living independently within the Perth Metropolitan area. All presentations run for 45 minutes, with attendees receiving free resources, so be sure to let your community groups know.
The Stay On Your Feet® Move Improve Remove grants program provides community groups, organisations and Local Governments up to $5,000 (plus GST) to deliver falls prevention programs targeting older adults within their community.
Historically Local Governments have received funding to conduct physical activity classes, education sessions, capacity building activities for staff and environment audits. If you are interested in delivering evidence-based activities to reduce the impact of falls in your local area, but need some financial support why not apply today?