2017 is to be a year of transformation for the Injury Control Council of WA with some exciting plans for the year ahead and we look forward to sharing more on this as the year progresses.
It has been a busy but exciting start to the year with events such as the Grassroots Falls Festival, lead by the Know Injury Team, the Launch of the Fuel your Body Campaign by the Stay on your Feet Team and regional Professional First Responder training facilitated by the Road Trauma Support WA Team to name just a handful of the events and training forums that we have delivered with many more planned as the year progresses.
Work continues on the development of ICCWA’s first Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP). Consultation with the Aboriginal Community has commenced and has given us, as an organisation, a great opportunity to have an open dialogue with communities and to find out how we can best shape our programs to suit their needs. ICCWA is committed to the importance of developing a RAP and expect that it will inform our future and ongoing engagement with the wider community.
I’d also like to officially inform all of our partners, stakeholders and supporters that our former Chief Executive, Venessa Wells, is now enjoying parental leave with her son and that I have been formally endorsed by the board as acting Chief Executive of ICCWA during this very busy and exciting period.
It’s shaping up to be a big year!
The focus for the Know Injury team is on partnering with our sector stakeholders to ensure that injury prevention remains a key priority across all levels of government, for organisations, communities and individuals and the team has worked hard this past quarter in a variety of ways to continue to highlight this important public health issue.
The team joined key WA Department of Health figures for a stakeholder briefing on Tuesday March 28th following on from the recent release of the Incidence and Costs of Injury in Western Australia 2012 report by the Chronic Disease Directorate Department of Health WA.
The briefing was designed to provide key stakeholders with expert analysis of the impact of injury across WA, including health sector costs, long-term care costs and the impact of injury on paid productivity and quality of life.
Know Injury also joined with the Royal Life Saving Society of WA in March to present a workshop for local government entitled 'Water Safety in the Home: Pool Inspector Training' as part of the RLSSWA's Water Safety in the Home campaign. The session provided participants with information and additional resources to assist them to do their job effectively and is a great example of two injury prevention organisations collaborating to help reduce injury rates in the community.
Acting Manager, Dr Amy Lampard, joined Evaluation consultant, Dr Stacey Waters on a trip to Albany in March to deliver a one-day practical evaluation workshop for health and community workers in the region and partnered with the WA Country Health Service to host the bi-monthly Regional Networking Group meeting from its offices.
The trip provided a great opportunity to network and meet with local individuals and organisations in the region and is evidence of Know Injury and ICCWA's ongoing commitment to travel to the regions to find out what their safety priorities are and to deliver its services to regional WA.
The visit to the region was a success with health professionals and community workers upskilled, new partnerships developed and old partnerships strengthened.
Working collaboratively with Derbarl Yerrigan Health Service, Know Injury also provided training on the ‘Map of Loss’ to health professionals.
For further information about forthcoming visits, training and events please visit the Know Injury website
Road Trauma Support WA
Sadly 2016 was a deadly year on our roads with 195 fatalities - the worst year since 2008 when 205 Western Australians lost their lives in road crashes.
The statistics are a grim reminder that we all need to do more to ensure key road safety messages are being heard and that we are all working together to reduce the number of preventable injuries and deaths on our roads.
In January 2017, Road Trauma Support WA welcomed its new acting manager, Ryan Fernie as former manager Sandy Lukjanowski stepped into the role of Acting Chief Executive of ICCWA while our former CE enjoyed her parental leave.
RTSWA attended a number of Industry Road Safety Alliance Group meetings across the State to provide information about our service and to listen to the different road safety concerns in the regions. Over the last few months, Ryan has also met with key stakeholders in Merredin, Bruce Rock, Corrigin, Wagin, Port Hedland and Bunbury, to name just a few, to raise awareness of RTSWA and to ensure that those affected by road trauma are provided with information and support as needed.
Susan Medica and Gary Hurst, two of our counsellors, travelled to Bunbury in March 2017 to deliver the 'Working with Grief, Loss and Trauma' workshop to emergency services personnel in the region. They were joined by Road Safety Commissioner Kim Papalia, a former policeman himself, who spoke of his own experiences in the job and reminded regional communities that support services, like RTSWA, are available.
Ryan attended the Cities of Stirling, Joondalup and Swan annual Blessing of the Roads event in Mirrabooka on 24 March 2017, joining with other organisations to highlight road safety going into the Easter long weekend - traditionally one of the deadliest times on WA roads.
RTSWA also provided support to RAC’s bstreetsmart event at Perth Arena on 29 March 2017 which attracted approximately 9,000 high school students from across the metropolitan area.
The bstreetsmart program was created with the aim of reducing the fatality and injury rates of young West Australian people by promoting safe behaviour as drivers, riders and passengers. The day provided students with information on how to reduce risk taking behaviour through greater awareness of the consequences of distracted driving, inattention, speeding and drink and drug driving.
The service has also received plenty of press coverage in the last quarter across radio, print and online.
(L-R) RTSWA Acting Manager Ryan Fernie, Hon. Michelle Roberts MLA, Minister for Police and Road Safety and Road Safety Commissioner Kim Papalia
Stay On Your Feet®
The Stay On Your Feet® team has had a big start to the year!
We launched the new Fuel Your Body campaign on February 1 in front of a big crowd at the National Lifestyle Village in Lake Joondalup with a presentation from leading WA dietician, Dr Christina Pollard, as well as cooking presentations, falls risk assessments, guidelines on safe drinking levels and a pedal powered smoothie bike!
There are a host of new resources available to accompany the campaign and those who were successful in their grant applications now have their programs well under way. The campaign also included a Fuel Your Body forum in Perth on March 23 with an expert panel presenting to health professionals in person and via webinar sharing their expertise and advice on implementing some of the campaigns' key messages in their clinical practice.
The second Grassroots Falls Festival, coordinated in conjunction with the WA Health Department and Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, was again a huge success with over 250 delegates from around Australia converging on Fremantle for two days in February to hear about some of the innovative falls prevention programs being coordinated across the country and some of the latest research and happenings in the falls arena.
Team members have visited Wagin, Manjimup and Kalgoorlie to spread the falls prevention message and to provide information and resources for both the Fuel Your Body campaign and the Stay On Your Feet® program and how communities, organisations and health professionals can get involved.
We are about to launch the pilot Active Balance program in April, with our in-house physiotherapist, which has been designed to teach fitness instructors, group leaders and personal trainers on how to incorporate a balance component into their existing existing activities and classes for older adults.
Participants at the Fuel Your Body launch event
ICCWA's Reconciliation Action Plan road trip continues
Our Reconciliation Action Plan road trip is now well under way with half of our regional visits and workshops now completed.
Consultations with key community members have now been conducted in Perth, the Wheatbelt, the South West and the Great Southern, before we move on to the Goldfields, the Mid-West, the Pilbara and the Kimberley.
The sessions are designed to help us connect, understand and hear from the different communities around Western Australia about what we can do as an organisation together with the community to help drive reconciliation.
The workshops are fun, engaging and family friendly giving stakeholders the chance to yarn to ICCWA about how we can work together to serve the communities we work with.
If you or other members of your organisation are based in the regions we are travelling to and would like to attend or share this information with your networks please contact us on (08) 9420 7212 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For further information on dates and locations click here
In other news
2017 is going to be a year of transformation and reinvention for the Injury Control Council of WA. We are in the process of reinvigorating our brand to ensure we reflect the organisation’s strategic direction and focus and look forward to sharing more exciting news with you in the coming months.
The team is also excited to have been awarded a Community Crime Prevention grant from WA Police to deliver an innovative program known as ‘A Way Through’ in the Wheatbelt that will allow us to deliver two workshops – one to Aboriginal health workers and the other to the Aboriginal community in Kellerberrin.
We are also very proud to be partnering with the Curtin Monash Accident Research Centre on an ARC Linkage grant submission that will allow us to develop ‘exchange of information’ links between academia and industry. This will enable us to conduct a joint study on the impact of dementia on the driving performance of older adults.