As part of the Know Injury’s commitment to build capacity of practitioners to conduct injury prevention programs, Acting Manager Rachel Meade, recently travelled to Karratha.
Rachel co-hosted Know Injury’s regular Regional Network Group meeting with WA Country Health Service Health Promotion Officers from the Karratha office.
As part of her Pilbara visit, Rachel had the opportunity to meet with local stakeholders in injury prevention such as representatives from Local Government, Pilbara Health Network, Woodside, SDERA, Mental Health and Drug Services as well as the Department Fire and Emergency Services. Discussions focused on the opportunities and barriers facing Pilbara practitioners working in injury prevention and safety promotion and how the Know Injury team can support them.
Partnering opportunities and greater community engagement were the take-home messages of the Pilbara visit.
Both non-profit and State Government departments understand the importance of combining resources and believe this is best practise to improve the impact of injury prevention in the community.
Know Injury’s bi-monthly Regional Networking Group meeting is one such tool to introduce new partnering opportunities.
The network is free of cost and allows members to share knowledge about their local area and topics of interest as well as offer feedback on issues which may be common for all regions and share resources.
The May Regional Network Group meeting in Karratha was no exception! Staying on the theme of community engagement, RSLWA member Rachel Murray provided an overview of their involvement in the “Life Jacket Exchange” program and the injury prevention benefits for coastal community’s through-out WA. Know Injury presented the latest Australian Burden of Disease and Injury Report which is a helpful advocacy tool to raise community and policy maker awareness of the current state of injury in Australia.
The Regional Network Group engages the injury prevention sector across the state, in an informative and time efficient way. If you are interested in attend the next RNG in person or teleconference, please contact Know Injury staff on (08) 9420 7212.