In this edition of the Know Injury eNews (September 2021):
- KNOW | Injury in Regional and Remote WA
- KNOW | Disease Expenditure in Australia 2018-19
- KNOW | National Suicide and Self-Harm Monitoring System
- LEARN | Dementia Enabling Environments for Falls Prevention
- LEARN | An Appetite for Change: Preventing Falls in Older Adults
- LEARN | Regional Engagement Training for Metro Health Workers
- LEARN | Heat Injury among Young Children
- CONNECT | CONNECT.ed
- SECTOR NEWS
Injury in Regional and Remote WA
A new AIHW interactive tool provides insight into the counts and rates of injury hospitalisations and deaths by remoteness of the individuals residence. This release reconfirms the need to further support individuals residing in regional and remote WA, with residents in the very remote regions of Australia experiencing more than double the injury hospitalisation and fatality rates of residents in major cities in 2017-18.
Access the tool to learn more about the incidence of injury hospitalisation and fatalities in regional WA.
Disease Expenditure in Australia 2018-19
AIHW’s latest publication describes the financial cost of injury on Australia’s health care system, finding that over $10.3 billion was spent on injury-related health expenses in Australia during the 2018-19 financial year. Leading injury topics contributing to these expenses included; falls ($4.2 billion), transport ($1.2 billion) and homicide and violence ($426 million).
National Suicide and Self-Harm Monitoring System
Established by the National Mental Health Commission and the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, the National Suicide and Self-Harm Monitoring System brings together data on suicide and self-harm from multiple sources. The ‘death by suicide’, ‘suspected death by suicide’, ‘Ambulance attendances’ and ‘intentional self-harm hospitalisations’ data is available to be broken down by a number of demographic factors and is a vital tool in monitoring the incidence of suicide and self-harm in WA.
WEBINAR | Dementia Enabling Environments for Falls Prevention
22 September 2021 at 10:00am – 11:00am
Online via Zoom | FREE
Join Injury Matters for the “Dementia Enabling Environments for Falls Prevention” webinar during Dementia Action Week on 22nd September at 10am as Nick Seemann, the Senior Environment Consultant at Dementia Training Australia joins us to discuss the dementia enabling environments project.
SEMINAR | An Appetite for Change: Preventing Falls in Older Adults
14 October 2021 at 12:00pm – 1:00pm
RPH Research Foundation | FREE
Join Injury Matters this National Nutrition Week for the “An appetite for change: Preventing falls in older adults” lunch and learn seminar. Guest presenter Dr Marc Sim, Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at Edith Cowan University, will discuss recent evidence around nutrition and falls risk among older adults.
Attendees may choose to attend in-person at the RPH Research Foundation or online via Zoom (please select the appropriate ticket).
WORKSHOP | Regional Engagement Training for Metro Health Workers
27 October 2021 at 9:00am – 12:30pm
Bendat Parent & Community Centre | FREE
Join Injury Matters where we will be hearing from different organisations trailblazing in this space while learning key aspects to consider for successful, long-term, and sustainable injury prevention and safety promotion programs in remote and rural WA.
WEBINAR | Heat Injury among Young Children
10 November 2021 at 10:00am – 11:00am
ONLINE | FREE
Young children are one of the leading vulnerable groups to heat-related injury, especially during the summer months of Western Australia. To learn more about this and what we can do to help minimise the risk, join Injury Matters where we will hear from KidSafe WA and the Department of Fire and Safety and discuss the risk mitigation strategies to heat injury in young children and the work they do.
In the current competitive climate, professional networking is essential to progressing our careers. Fortunately, this is where CONNECT.ed can help you. CONNECT.ed is a free networking tool for everyone working within the injury prevention and community safety sector.
We understand that making new contacts isn’t easy, which is why CONNECT.ed takes the first steps of building a network for you. This allows you to save time, focus on the conversation and connect with a variety of peers. By joining CONNECT.ed, you will be matched with a new participant every two months to have a 15-minute chat about anything.
Stay On Your Feet® Improve Your Health Campaign
The Injury Matters’ Stay On Your Feet® program includes two Move Improve Remove campaigns per year. Each campaign focuses on modifiable risk factors to prevent falls and distributes messages for older adults who live independently in the community.
2021 WA Falls Report Released
Injury Matters is proud to release the 2021 WA Falls Report.
This publication brings attention to the incidence of falls-related fatalities, hospitalisations and emergency department attendances in WA and the need to implement effective falls prevention initiatives.
To learn about the incidence of falls in WA, download the 2021 WA Falls Report today.
Road Safety Commission Community Grants Program
The next Road Safety Commission Project Grant Round closes on 24 September 2021. To learn if your community project is eligible and for more information visit
Aboriginal Engagement and Reconciliation Forum
Held on 22 September WALGA’s annual Aboriginal Engagement and Reconciliation Forum will assist Local Governments to develop strong, ongoing relationships with local Aboriginal communities that recognise shared cultural heritage, create opportunities for Aboriginal empowerment and celebrate success.
2021 Family and Domestic Violence Conference
Organised by Stopping Family Violence and the Centre for Women’s Safety and Wellbeing, this conference will discuss the impact of family and domestic violence, and how we can specifically provide greater support to children and young people.