Road Trauma Support WA reaches out to regions
14 Feb 2017
The Road Safety Commission is reaching out to people living and working in regional Western Australia who are impacted by road trauma.
Road Safety Alliances, which include members of industry and locals in regional areas, will be addressed by Road Trauma Support WA’s Acting Manager, Ryan Fernie, in a bid to raise the service’s profile in regional areas.
Mr Fernie will explain that support services are available for road trauma victims, their families and witnesses to serious crashes.
“There is a disproportionate number of crashes and road trauma in regional WA, and one of the reasons we’re working with the Industry Road Safety Alliances,” said Mr Fernie.
Mr Fernie said although Road Trauma Support WA’s offices were in the city, their service was available state wide and counsellors made every effort to offer support to clients using methods which made the client feel comfortable.
“We offer free counselling face to face, over the phone, via email or via Skype,” said Mr Fernie. “We’re speaking with the individual regional alliances to determine the best way to deliver the service to their area.”
“There were no support services available in Western Australia as late as the 1990s, so it is critical that we provide this necessary service to help people who are dealing with loss, grief and the range of emotions which follow road trauma.”
Road Safety Commissioner Kim Papalia welcomed the opportunity to ensure regional communities were aware support services are available to regional WA.
“When a person is killed in a crash on regional roads, the entire community is impacted,” said Mr Papalia. “Local volunteers are responding to those crashes, the victims are members of local sporting clubs, they have grown up in the town, attended local schools, the impact of road trauma in country WA is far reaching.”
Mr Fernie said anyone was welcome to contact Road Trauma Support WA to talk.
“Anyone who has had direct or indirect involvement in road trauma can access the service, emergency services personnel, family, friends, witnesses, colleagues, there are no exclusions,” he said.
Road Trauma Support WA is a not-for-profit service, delivered by the Injury Control Council of WA with the support of the Road Safety Commission.