In this edition of the Know Injury eNews (October 2020):
- KNOW | Royal Perth Hospital Injury Reports
- KNOW | Snakebite Toolkit
- KNOW | Know Injury Campaigns
- LEARN | Climate Change and Injury Prevention Webinar
- LEARN | Family and Domestic Violence Webinar
- LEARN | Lunch and Learn: Injury Prevention 101
- CONNECT | Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion Awards Breakfast and Summit
- SECTOR NEWS
Royal Perth Hospital Injury Reports
Royal Perth Hospital have released five new reports, providing insight into the prevalence of preventable injury-related hospitalisations in Western Australia. The recently released reports cover injuries relating to;
- Road trauma,
- Dog bites, and
- Alcohol and Other Drugs.
Every year in Australia, one to four people die due to snake bites. In addition to these fatalities, many people require medical treatment after a snake bite. In Australia from 2005 to 2015, 1,548 people presented to 171 Australian hospitals due to a snake bite.
Leading into summer, snakes can be more active as they have left their winter locations in search for food or a mate, and being cold blooded reptiles they rely on the sun for their body heat. Now is a great time to find out more about preventing snake bite injuries in your area.
Know Injury Campaigns
Through the Know Injury program, Injury Matters have developed a suite of injury fact sheets and resource kits. These resources aim to increase injury prevention and community safety knowledge and what can be done to reduce the incidence of injury in WA.
To support Local Governments, community organisations and regional services to engage in injury prevention and community safety campaigns, Injury Matters has developed Know Injury campaign toolkits focusing on a range of injury topics. Within these toolkits you will find everything needed to integrate local injury prevention and community safety initiatives within your organisation.
Climate Change and Injury Prevention Webinar
Join Injury Matters for the Climate Change and Injury Prevention webinar this October.
- Wednesday 21st October 2020
- 10am-11am AWST
A presentation will be provided by Dr Liz Hanna, Chair of the Environmental Health Working Group, World Federation of Public Health Associations and Affiliate: Climate Change Institute at the Australian National University. This webinar will provide a broad overview of climate change and injury prevention, and actions that practitioners can take to reduce the burden of injury from climate change in their communities.
Family and Domestic Violence Webinar
Join Injury Matters for the Family and Domestic Violence Prevention webinar and learn about family and domestic violence in WA and the Mid West.
Guest presenters include Monica Puccetti and Beth Martin from Desert Blue Connect who will discuss the Community Respect and Equality Project that is being implemented in Geraldton.
- Date: Tuesday 3 November 2020
- Time: 1:30pm-2:30pm AWST
Lunch and Learn: Injury Prevention 101
Join Injury Matters for a FREE lunch and chat about injury prevention and safety promotion in the Mid West. This session is for Local Governments, health services and allied health, and community development professionals. The Lunch and Learn can be attended in-person or via Zoom, please register for more information.
- Date: Thursday 5th November 2020
- Time: 12:00pm-1:00pm
- Location: Zoom or WA Centre for Rural Health (167 Fitzgerald Street, Geraldton WA); MP Room
2021 Injury Matters Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion Awards
The 2021 Injury Matters Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion Awards recognise individuals and organisations who are having a positive impact on the community by conducting activities that aim to prevent and reduce the impact of injury within Western Australia.
Applications for the Awards are open until the 11th of December 2020 and are encouraged from the diverse injury prevention and safety promotion sector, including not-for-profit organisations, private sector, community groups, educational institutions and government bodies.
WA Family and Domestic Violence Research
Recent research from UWA’s School of Population and Global Health found that children exposed to family and domestic violence have an increased likelihood for hospitalisation than non-exposed children. In particular, the linked administrative data of children born in Western Australia between 1987 and 2010, indicated that children exposed to family and domestic violence were three times more likely to be hospitalised for mental health-related issues.
WALGA Roadwise Road Safety Week Resource Kit
Road Safety Week is coming up on the 15 – 22nd November 2020, launching on the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims. WALGA have developed the 2020 Resource Kit for Local Governments and members of the road safety network interested in planning an activity or promoting local road safety initiatives. Request a copy of the Resource Kit at the link below, and keep an eye out for events happening across WA during the Week.