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Injury Matters eNews | April 2022

Welcome to our first eNews of 2022.

We have had an exciting start to the year and have not slowed our pace in working towards our vision of safer people and places. Unfortunately, much like in previous years, COVID-19 has seen the delivery of our programs and services change. Injury Matters remains committed to innovating and evolving our approach to meet the needs of the community, other agencies, and professionals to support positive injury outcomes for Western Australia.

It is particularly exciting to update you on our injury advocacy activities. Our aim within the advocacy work we undertake is to influence individuals, agencies, and decision-makers for injury prevention, harm minimisation and post-injury support as a priority. Here is a snapshot of some positive outcomes seen in recent weeks:

  • Firearm legislation reform recently announced in Western Australia is a positive step forward. Injury Matters has worked alongside other agencies to see improvements in legislation to reduce the unacceptably high rate of firearm-related injury and fatalities. The State Government is undertaking consultation currently to assist with the development of the updated legislation, you can find more information here.
  • In 2021 Injury Matters made a submission and was asked to give evidence as part of a Federal Joint Select Committee on Road Safety. The Committee recently completed their recommendations. It is heartening to see recommendations that address many of the areas addressed within our submission. We look forward to seeing meaningful change in these areas to improve road safety outcomes for all.

Our team have been living our vision of safer people and places. You can read about these activities in this edition below.

The federal election is around the corner, and we encourage all West Australians to keep community safety, injury prevention, recovery support and harm minimisation in mind as we each make this important decision on polling day.

With the Easter long weekend upon us, it’s an important reminder to stay safe on our roads. Many of us will be spending the long weekend with loved ones far and wide, and the recent stormy weather has made for slippery roads. Take a moment to prepare for your trip, pop your lights on and drive to conditions – whether you’re heading to the next suburb or a far town.

Stay safe and up to date with our activities through our news blog.

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Firearm Reform Announced: Community Safety as a Priority

Injury Matters is pleased to support the McGowan Government’s decision to rewrite the Western Australian (WA) firearms legislation placing community safety as a priority.

Injury Matters supports legal and responsible firearm ownership and recognises that firearm regulation significantly contributes to a decline in firearm-related injury and death, highlighting the need for strengthened regulation to improve public health.

Injury Matters hopes this overhaul of firearm laws will see WA comply with commitments within the National Firearms Agreement 2017 to minimise unnecessary injury and death attributed to firearm misuse.

Stay On Your Feet® Remove Hazards Campaign is on now!

Get involved in the Remove Hazards Campaign from 1st March to 30th May 2022. The Remove Hazards campaign aims to educate older adults and health and community workers on important information around removing potential hazards and creating safe environments to prevent falls and promote healthy ageing as well as supporting eye and foot health.

To support health and community workers engaged in the Stay On Your Feet® Remove Hazards campaign, Injury Matters has released a campaign toolkit that provides a campaign media schedule, ready to use social media posts and images, eSignatures, resources, upcoming training and events calendar, and a facilitator guide to hosting your own event. 

Download the Campaign Toolkit now to learn how you can get involved in the Stay On Your Feet® Remove Hazards Campaign.

Australasian College of Road Safety Webinar

On the 2nd of March, 2022, Road Trauma Support Services Victoria, in partnership with other road safety stakeholders including Injury Matters, WA, brought together over 27 years of specialist experience with people working in road safety and those impacted by road incidents.

Are you looking for injury prevention evidence to guide your work?

The Injury Matters Evidence Bank plays host to a range of injury prevention publications, reports and resources to help grow your knowledge base and inform upcoming activities.

Searching by injury topic, keywords or target audience, you are able to access reliable, accurate and authoritative injury-related research pieces in one location.

Publications are regularly added to the Evidence Bank, so be sure to check back in to view the latest publications. If you would like a piece of evidence added to the Bank, please click here or email [email protected].

New Team Members

Injury Matters has grown this year, as we welcomed fellow passionate injury prevention and recovery support professionals to the team.

Suvarna Mallya
Recovery Support Lead
What I enjoy about working at Injury Matters: I enjoy working with a team that is diverse in their skill set and have a unifying passion for making a difference in the communities we serve.  The injury matters team is a kind-hearted group of individuals that truly cares about the people they work with.

Alison Watkins
Counsellor
What I enjoy about working at Injury Matters: The organisation and the people who work here place a lot of value in delivering programs that can provide vital information and care to the community.  Injury Matters care for the client and the workers which makes it a wonderful place to work

Samantha Menezes
General Manager – Injury Prevention
What I enjoy about working at Injury Matters: It’s wonderful to work with such passionate, lovely people for such an important cause. It’s been a welcoming, supportive experience from day one.

Maryann Fabling
Education Coordinator – Allied Health
What I enjoy about working at Injury Matters: As a physiotherapist, I have worked for many years in the wellness and health industry in the areas of research, design and implementation of falls prevention programs and working with community members and with Allied Health team members. I enjoy working with the team at Injury Matters because I am able to do this and assist others also to promote the prevention of falls.

Transafe Forum

In February, Road Trauma Support was a proud sponsor of the 26th Transafe WA Road Transport Safety Forum in Perth. Nine presenters provided thought-provoking and informative content that was well received by over 80 attendees from the heavy vehicle industry.

A great variety of fresh topics were covered at the forum and looking after our mental and physical health emerged as a common theme amongst the presentations.  

Catch up on trainings at your own pace

Do you want to #Learn from industry experts on various injury prevention topics?

Perhaps you work with older adults and want to learn more about how you can recognise and respond to elder abuse in your workplace? Or are you just curious about climate change and its link to injury prevention?

You can increase your injury prevention capacity by viewing past Know Injury webinars presented by leading experts in the field. With bite-sized informative videos all in one place, learn more about how you can implement various injury prevention strategies in your work.

Get CONNECTed

With health professionals further isolated due to COVID-19 measures in the workplace, it has never been more important to stay connected with other professionals in the field to collaborate and share learnings.

CONNECT.ed is a free networking tool for everyone working within the injury prevention and community safety sector. We understand that making new contacts isn’t easy, which is why CONNECT.ed takes the first steps of building a network for you.

Russ Milner Memorial Lecture

The Australasian Injury Prevention Network (AIPN) has established the Russ Milner Memorial Lecture in memory of Russ’s contribution to, and passion for, injury prevention.

During this year’s event, we will hear from the Director of the Royal Children’s Hospital Trauma Services, Associate Professor Warwick Teague, and the winners of the 2022 Australasian Injury Prevention Network Awards will also be announced. Join us via Zoom on Tuesday 26th April from 12 – 1:30 pm for the inaugural lecture.

Safer people and places with Local Government Environment Health Officers

Local Government Environmental Health Officers (EHO) understand that the environment in which people live work and play has a critical role in shaping health and reducing the community’s risk of injury.

In February Environmental Health Australia (WA) hosted the 75th EHA conference in Perth to discuss the roles and responsibilities of EHO in maintaining environments that promote good public health and reduce health risks including injury prevention. Injury Matters had the opportunity to attend the conference and share how our team can assist Local Governments in creating safer people and places.

In case you were unable to attend the conference, outlined below are a number of ways Injury Matters can support WA EHOs.

Easter Holiday Safe Driving Tips

With the upcoming Easter school holiday period commencing Saturday 9th of April – Monday 25th of April, many families will venture out into regional WA to enjoy the Autumn break.

Unfortunately, WA road incidents are prominent during this period. Our blog has are some simple tips to help you drive safer over the Easter holiday period.

Community Connect

The connections we make through relationships, places, and social activities, can enhance our physical and mental well-being. There are many ways to connect with others, even if we are physically apart.

Community Connect helps older Western Australian adults find meaningful connections, companionship and community for people experiencing social isolation and loneliness.