The Injury Prevention Summit was held on Thursday 23 November at the Parmelia Hilton Perth and was attended by over 80 practitioners working across Injury Prevention in Western Australia. The Summit provided an opportunity to discuss the current practice, direction and priorities for Injury Prevention in Western Australia as well as strengthen networks across the sector. The event opened with a welcoming address by the Chief Health Officer in Western Australia, Professor Tarun Weeramanthri, who delivered an insightful address on the importance of the three ‘P’s’ in injury prevention ‘Predictable, Preventable and Policy’.
Professor Pat Dudgeon moderated the first panel discussion ‘Diversity in Injury Prevention’ which brought together the expertise of the three panel speakers, Lauren Nimmo, Royal Life Saving Society WA, Dr Michael Wright, National Drug Research Institute and Tanya Steinbeck, Regional Services Reform Unit, who reflected and discussed how the injury prevention sector can engage with diverse communities such as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and Culturally and Linguistically Diverse, to help reduce the injury burden in these communities.
The afternoon session begun with a personal story from Terry Vo, who in 2005, then aged 10 was crushed in a horrific basketball accident. His hands and one leg was severed but in a world first surgery both hands we reattached. Terry’s personal story and insight into living with a traumatic injury reaffirmed the important work of the injury prevention sector.
The afternoon sessions consisted of breakout panel discussions and workshops including population approaches to injury prevention (child injuries, youth injuries, older adults injuries) as well as injury specific sessions (road safety, suicide prevention and alcohol-related harm and violence). The breakout panel discussions were guided by the three questions, what is working well, what issues exist and what needs to be done? The breakout panel discussions provided the opportunity for attendees to learn from the expertise of the panel speakers, as well as workshop and discuss ideas and themes with their colleagues, utilising the expertise and shared experience of all those in the room.
Following on from the Summit, the team at Know Injury will be compiling all of the information and discussions which were captured throughout the event. An event report highlighting all of the current themes from the Summit will be available to attendees over the coming month. Know Injury thanks everyone who participated in the Summit and your continued commitment to the injury prevention sector.