Injury Matters gains more backing for operator wellbeing action


Latest donation in time for launch of latest health and safety campaign

Injury Matters gains more backing for operator wellbeing action
Simon Stead, Sandy Lukjanowski, Christine Smith

 

Western Australian foundation Injury Matters has received welcome backing to further support heavy vehicle operators in grain-growing communities.

It was the recent recipient of a $20,000 donation towards its heavy vehicle safety initiative, Mental and Physical Safety (MaPS) on our Roads, as part of the Harvest Mass Management Scheme (HMMS) announced this week.

It is now gearing up to launch the third campaign under the MaPS on our Roads program, Your MaP to Mental Health: Service Your Mind, on August 16.

The funds will be used to increase the reach of MaPS on our Roads, which provides education and information to support heavy vehicle operators, families, and communities.

The program seeks to improve awareness and knowledge of the importance of maintaining good physical and mental health to stay safe on our roads through information and education strategies.

"We are grateful for this generous donation from Harvest Mass Management Scheme," Injury Matters CEO Sandy Lukjanowski said.

"This presents a strong opportunity to boost awareness within the agricultural industry of heavy vehicle safety.

"This funding will go a long way in supporting us to promote this vital program to Western Australian truck drivers and growers alike."

The funding comes from the HMMS, developed by the CBH Group and Main Roads WA, which allows growers to forfeit grain from overloaded trucks which is then sold, and the resulting funds provided to Western Australian charities.

During the 2020-21 season, $248,000 was raised from the grain sales and donated to 14 charities, including Injury Matters.


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The upcoming MaP to Mental Health: Service Your Mind campaign will encourage drivers to access a range of support services, including informal, social conversations with family and mates, checking out the MaPS on our Roads eDirectory, resources, and seeking professional advice.

Previous campaigns have focused on the importance of nutrition, the impacts of medication, and mental health recovery after a road crash.

The MaPS on our Roads project is funded as part of the Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative (HVSI), administered by the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) on behalf of the Commonwealth Government.

"Heavy vehicle operators are valued contributors to WA and are relied on for our essential goods and services," the organisation said.

"However, long work hours and being far away from family and mates can take its toll.

"Work and life pressures don’t always allow the right balance of mental and physical health but is vital for workplace safety and for overall quality of life.

"In Western Australia, approximately 75% of serious road crashes are due to a simple mistake, a momentary lapse in attention or fatigue.

"The mental health campaign will encourage drivers to access a range of support services, including informal, social conversations with family and mates, checking out the MaPS on our Roads eDirectory, resources, and seeking professional advice."

 

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