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Road Trauma Support eNews | December 2022

Recovery Support in the Community

This quarter has been busy for the team delivering workshops, launching two new resources and the Six Supportive Steps Campaign and travelling to regional WA. Find more information on the new resources and Six Supportive Steps campaign below.

Injury Matters had the pleasure of visiting the Wheatbelt including Narembeen, Narrogin and Northam to attend community events, deliver a range of activities and presentations and meet with local and state government and community services. The team looks forward to expanding our regional travel in 2023 and working with the community to continue to raise awareness about the impact of road trauma.  

In November we had the opportunity to present at the Department of Justice- Victim Support and Child Witness Regional Conference. The session focused on raising awareness about the incidence and impact of road trauma in WA, how RTSWA can provide support state wide through information, support and counselling as well as health and wellbeing. It provided an opportunity to share our knowledge and experience but also learn from another community agency about their services and how we can compliment each other with a focus on supporting local communities who have experienced trauma.

From the Recovery Support Team at Injury Matters, we would like to take this opportunity to wish you a safe and happy Christmas and New Year.


Six Supportive Steps Campaign

If you have experienced road trauma or lost a loved one to a road incident, this time of year can bring a range of emotions. Road Trauma Support WA has launched the Six Supportive Steps Campaign to support Western Australians affected by a road crash in the lead up to the holiday season.

Using actionable tips and strategies, the Six Supportive Steps campaign focuses on a new supportive step each week including Remember, Acknowledge, Plan, Take time, Support and Act.

There is still time left to get involved in the Six Supportive Steps campaign. Download the Digital Resources Toolkit for useful social media posts, newsletter articles, Esignature, alongside media and blog content. You can also support the campaign by following Road Trauma Support on Facebook and Twitter, and liking and sharing the supportive steps on your social media feeds.

Launch of the Reporting Road Traffic Incidents: A resource for the media and road safety sector.

Injury Matters has launched the ‘Reporting Road Traffic Incidents: A resource for the media and road safety sector.  The new resource supports those working in the media and road safety professionals to report road traffic incidents in a manner that is respectful to those impacted by road trauma and has a positive effect on road safety.

If you would like any further information about the new resource and how we can support you, your team or workplace to report ethically, please contact the team at [email protected] or 6166 7688. 

Upcoming Injury Matters travel for 2023

The Recovery Support Team are currently planning their regional travel activities for 2023. Current dates and towns include Bunbury, 1st and 2nd March, Kalgoorlie, 25th May, Broome, 2nd August, Geraldton, 13th September and Albany, 17th October.

If you would like our team to meet with your organisation or workplace, and hear how we can support people impacted by a road incident, deliver a presentation or workshop for your organisation or community and/or attend a community event, please contact us at [email protected] or 6166 7688

Injury Matters 2023 Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion Awards
Nominations now open

The Injury Matters 2023 Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion Awards are happening once again. The awards recognise individuals and organizations’ who positively impacted the community by conducting activities that aim to prevent and reduce the burden of injury within Western Australia.

We are excited to announce a new award category ‘Outstanding Achievement in Practice that Supports Recovery for those Impacted by Road Trauma’. The award recognises the action and excellence of those working in post-crash care and supports road trauma recovery in WA.

We encourage you to celebrate your contribution and successes or join us in acknowledging the hard work of colleagues in post crash care by applying for or nominating for the new award category. Nominations are now open.

Injury Prevention Summit 2023
Registrations now open

The Injury Prevention Summit is a one-day event held biennially by Injury Matters, via the Know Injury program, with funding from the Western Australian Department of Health.
The event will be held on 11th May 2023 and will bring together injury prevention and safety promotion practitioners, policymakers and Local Governments from across Western Australia to share knowledge and build capacity to integrate injury prevention and safety promotion practices into their work.

The Summit will showcase speakers who will explore key emerging issues in the injury prevention space, ranging from alcohol related injury to safer built environment. The Injury Prevention Summit aims to facilitate collaboration within the sector by exploring the cross cutting factors contributing to injury, while providing the space to exchange knowledge, ideas, and information across WA.

National Road Safety Week 2023
Community Event Grants open

National Road Safety Week 2023 has been announced for Sunday 14th May to Sunday 21st May. National Road Safety Week is an annual initiative from the Safer Australian Roads and Highways (SARAH) Group, partnering road safety organisations and Government. The week highlights the impact of road trauma and ways to reduce it.

Applications are now open for event grants to encourage local communities to get involved and champion road safety when Western Australia hosts National Road Safety Weeks 2023. Local Governments, schools, community groups, clubs and other not-for-profit organisations can apply for up to $5000 to host an event promoting the daily road safety themes.

Have something to share?

Let us know if you have an event or item you would like to include in our next quarterly eNews due out in March 2023. Contact Road Trauma Support WA with your request.