Trauma workshop for first responders
The effect of road trauma on first responders to serious and fatal crashes was discussed at a workshop in Mt Barker on Wednesday.
Hosted by Road Trauma Support WA, the workshop provided emergency services such as police, paramedics and firefighters with coping skills and support to help them continue in their role.
Road Trauma Support WA counsellor Gary Hurst said Mt Barker and the Great Southern was identified as a region that required assistance.
“Often they’re in a position
Albany Highway is notorious, unfortunately, so in that way we are responding to a need in the area. Gary Hurst
where they have to attend multiple crashes on Albany Highway and dealing with the effects and it’s about how they look after themselves and deal with the demands of the job,” he said.
“Albany Highway is notorious, unfortunately, so in that way we are responding to a need in the area. When the guys in Mt Barker realised this kind of information was available, they were keen to be a part of it and participate and it just adds something to the armoury that they have already got.”
Mr Hurst said the workshop included presentations on dealing with grief and trauma and learning how to develop self-care strategies.
Road Trauma Support WA is delivered by Injury Matters and is a not-for-profit service supporting all those impacted by road trauma in WA.