Trauma work­shop for first re­spon­ders

Albany Extra - - Extra News - Tim Ed­munds

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.

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