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Know Injury in Karratha

In early May, Know Injury continued our tour of regional WA and visited the Pilbara, where we spent three days in Karratha. Know Injury had the opportunity to meet with local organisations, WA Country Health Service, and staff from the City of Karratha and chat about local injury issues and priorities (mental health, youth, drugs, alcohol and violence), upcoming training, and partnership opportunities.

Know Injury provided an Introduction to Injury in the Pilbara seminar, presenting local injury data from both the Pilbara health region and four local government areas. Throughout 2012, the burden of injury in the Pilbara region, includes 29 fatalities, 1228 hospitalisations, 6,299 emergency department attendances, with a total cost of $250 million. To break it down even further; falls, violence and transport injury were responsible for the highest number of hospitalisations, whilst self-harm was the biggest financial burden, costing $68 million.

ICCWA, with Ingrid Cummings from Code Switch, also hosted the ICCWA Reconciliation Action Plan Pilbara community consultation. Aboriginal corporations, organisations and community members were invited to come and have a yarn with ICCWA to help us connect and develop a better understanding of what we can be doing as an organisation to help drive reconciliation. Know Injury also delivered an evaluation workshop for health professionals and community workers in Karratha.

The workshop was presented by Dr Stacey Waters and assisted participants in developing an evaluation plan for a current project. The afternoon session focused on survey design. Know Injury’s trip to the Pilbara region provided a great opportunity to build relationships with those working in injury prevention and community safety as well as explore opportunities for the future. Know Injury looks forward to its next regional trip to the Kimberley.