Know Injury E-News | December 2020

In this edition of the Know Injury eNews (December 2020):

  1. KNOW | Road Safety Strategy for Western Australia 2020-2030
  2. KNOW | Prevent Snake Bites this Summer
  3. LEARN | Injury Prevention Network
  4. LEARN | Injury Prevention Summit 2021
  5. CONNECT | 2021 Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion Awards
  6. CONNECT | Watch: Jessica McKenna Interview

The Injury Matters office will be closed from Friday, 25 December 2019 and will reopen on Monday, 4 January 2020. If you require immediate support in this period, please call Lifeline on 13 11 14.

Road Safety Strategy for Western Australia 2020-2030

Aligning with National Road Safety Week, “Driving Change”, Western Australian’s road safety strategy for 2020-2030 was recently released by the Government of Western Australia.

This latest strategy reinforces that road safety is everyone’s responsibility and that through collective action we can work towards reducing the number of people killed or seriously injured on WA roads by 50-70% by 2030. As a community, if we achieve this aim we could save up to 723 lives and prevent approximately 8,000 people suffering from serious injuries over the next decade.


Prevent Snake Bites this Summer

Leading into summer, snakes can be more active as they have left their winter locations in search for food or a mate. Snake bites can happen at any time, but as the weather warms up it is extra important to be vigilant at the moment.

Fortunately, snake bites can be prevented! Raising awareness of the potential dangers of snakes, what actions to take to reduce the risk of being bitten by a snake and what to do if a snake bite does occur are all vital activities.


Local Governments, Family and Domestic Violence Prevention: What is Your Role?

For 16 days in November and December, the annual 16 Days in WA – Stop Violence Against Women campaign motivates community members to take action and create awareness of preventing violence against women. View the Know Injury webinar below to learn how Local Governments can help prevent violence within the community.


Injury Prevention Network

5 February 2021

The Injury Prevention Network provides practitioners across WA with an opportunity to connect with each other to share learnings and solutions in injury prevention, community safety and recovery.

Contact Catrina Wold, Program Delivery Lead, to register for the upcoming meeting: or 6166 7688.

Registrations Open – Injury Prevention Summit 2021

25 March 2021 

The Injury Prevention Summit 2021 will showcase keynote speakers who have a broad understanding of contemporary injury prevention in Western Australia. Breakout sessions will include a focus on success factors for injury prevention within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, Culturally and Linguistically Diverse people, and regional and remote communities.

The Injury Prevention Summit will provide an opportunity for attendees to contribute to discussion, as well as exchange knowledge, ideas, and information across WA. Register now to secure your spot before the end of the year.

Register HERE.

2021 Injury Matters Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion Awards:
Nomination Deadline Extended!

The closing date for award nominations has been extended until Friday 8th January 2021. Get your nominations in to ensure your injury prevention and safety promotion activities get the recognition they deserve.

Award categories include:

  • Outstanding Achievement in Injury Prevention or Safety Promotion.
  • Outstanding Achievement in Injury Recovery.
  • Outstanding Achievement in Influencing Injury Policy or Practice.
  • Outstanding Achievement Empowering WA to Prevent Injury or Support Recovery.
  • Outstanding Achievement in Collaboration for a Safer WA.
  • Outstanding Achievement in Injury Prevention or Recovery Support within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
  • Outstanding Achievement by a Local Government in Injury Prevention or Recovery Support.


Leading Change in Injury Prevention with Jessica McKenna, Kidsafe WA General Manager

Injury Matters’ Chief Executive Sandy Lukjanowski recently sat down with Kidsafe WA’s General Manager, Jessica McKenna, to discuss the role of leadership in preventing and reducing the impact of injury in WA.

Jess discusses how you don’t need to be a manager or a boss to be a leader, as leadership and management are two different entities that intertwine. With this in mind, Jess goes on to explain the importance of a leader being someone who evokes change, knows their value and treats everyone how they would like to be treated.


New Kidsafe WA Reports

Kidsafe WA has recently released three new Childhood Injury Bulletins & Reports; Annual Data Report 2019-2020, Bicycle-related Injuries and Burns and Scalds.


AIPN Virtual Pre-COnference Global Injury Prevention Showcase 2021

The draft program for the Virtual Pre-Conference Global Injury Prevention Showcase is now available.


Royal Life Saving’s New Campaign for Toddler Drowning Prevention

Royal Life Saving has launched a new campaign to prevent toddler drownings this summer. The campaign recognises that kids will be kids. Cute, funny, quiet, wild, angelic, studious, all of them with their own unique personalities, all of them curious and unpredictable. It’s what we love about them, but it’s also what puts them at risk when water is nearby. Kids can’t help themselves around water. You need to.

To keep children safe, we’re calling on parents to:

  • Supervise – actively supervise children around all water
  • Restrict – restrict children’s access to water
  • Teach – teach children water safety skills
  • Respond – learn CPR and know what to do in an emergency


Department of Fire and Emergency Services: My Bushfire Plan

DFES has launched My Bushfire Plan as a new website and associated app to guide users through the creation of a bushfire plan. By creating an account users can save and keep their plan up-to-date and get reminders to help Western Australian’s prepare your property for bushfire season.


Climate Health WA: Inquiry Final Report Released

The Climate Health WA Inquiry Final Report and its recommendations were endorsed in Parliament on December 4. The report recognises the impact of climate change on injury and highlights 10 recommendations for the WA health system to adapt to climate change to protect the health of the community.


Tai Chi for Arthritis and Falls Prevention Instructor Training

10-12 February 2021

Would you like to deliver Tai Chi for Arthritis to older adults? Tai Chi for Arthritis is a program designed by Dr Paul Lam and a team of medical specialists and Tai Chi experts. Based on the Sun style of Tai Chi, Tai Chi for Arthritis is easy to learn, effective and safe.

Tai Chi for Arthritis is an evidence-based program which works to prevent falls through improving balance, confidence and muscular strength in older adults.