Communities Living Injury Free
Programme Update September 2007
Objective one: To promote a safety culture in Auckland city – putting safety into the heads, hearts, and hands of people who live, work, and play in Auckland city (awareness)
Staff continued to provide support to Auckland City Council’s Disability Framework for Action. Staff continued to provide support to Auckland City Council’s Child and Family policy. The injury prevention game visited 5 primary schools with 300 pupils interacting with the game. Initial planning was done for a needs assessment for older people on Great Barrier Island around their injury prevention issues and needs.
Objective two: To instigate, encourage, and develop collaborative models (collaboration)
The Injury Prevention Forum met and had a presentation and discussion (facilitated by the traffic engineers at Auckland City’s Road Safety Team), on school safety plans and engineering improvements and processes. Programme staff attended and provided input to a regional network led by Alcohol Healthwatch around promoting the adoption of a lower blood alcohol limit for drivers. This project will continue to be developed in upcoming periods. Staff collaborated with other community injury prevention programme staff from the region around launching the driveway run-over resources and activities at Hoaani Waiititi Marae. The well-child book draft sticker print run has been completed and the community resource has been completed with each TLA having their own kit to lend out free of charge. Please contact Amanda Sutherland on 09 354 2076 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to book this resource to use at your next community event, ECC etc. It comprises a two-metre long mat with figures of children that can be moved. A vehicle is parked at the end of the mat and people will be asked to get in the vehicle and see if they can see the children. The focus of the resource will be to educate communities on supervision and separating play areas and driveways. The project team has reconvened for the alcohol/youth/aquatic environments project. Youth focus groups are planned for later in the year. The team is still awaiting the outcome of an Ethics Committee application lodged through the University of Auckland. Staff began discussions with the Blockhouse Bay and Otahuhu Business Associations in regard to replication of WOPA project in their areas and looking at footpath/road safety issues.
Objective three: To build, maintain, and enhance a comprehensive base of information about our communities, injury priorities, and best practice models for injury prevention (information)
The calendar was updated and forwarded to stakeholders.
Objective four: to collaboratively develop and implement effective injury prevention interventions in the priority areas with the involvement of key stakeholders (interventions)
The Selwyn refugee safety forum was held on 4 and 5 September, in collaboration with Auckland City Road Safety, NZ Fire Service, ACC and WaterSafe Auckland Inc. This was a successful two day event with the Selwyn College Refugee Education for Adults and Families programme, with over 100 adult refugee students participating in workshops on water, road, home and fire safety.
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Staff presented on the New Settler Train the Trainer and the Footpaths R 4 People projects at the National Community Development in Local Government conference, and both projects were finalist’s in the innovation and initiatives and social equity categories of the Te Puna Oranga awards for community development. The Mt Albert “Watch Out People About” pedestrian safety project was launched on 27th September at Everill Orr Village. Delivery to Mt Albert residents’ letterboxes has begun with the help of walking groups and volunteers. Planning continued around footpath accessibility in Onehunga. The project team will reconvene in late October.
Objective five: To provide a leadership role in injury prevention issues within the Auckland city area (leadership)
Injury Free continued to contribute to injury prevention at a national level, through taking a role on the Injury Prevention Network Aotearoa NZ committee and on the Executive team of the committee. Input was also provided to the conference sub-committee, which is in the final planning stages for the IPNANZ conference in late October. A wonderful awards ceremony was held for the Mayor of Auckland’s Community Safety Awards on 6 September (coinciding with Safety NZ Week). The four winners were Agnes Gandy (road safety at the school gate), Friends of the Street (support and safety for young people on Waiheke Island), Refugees as Survivors (new settler injury prevention) and Jack Currie (down with speed campaign). Staff worked with an Accident Compensation Corporation-led sub-group to develop a tool for community practitioners to use in planning and evaluating their injury prevention projects. This will be an online tool, and is being developed in response to a need articulated by the Falls Prevention strategy stakeholder reference group. Although the tool is designed for use in falls prevention initiatives, it is envisaged that it will also be able to be used for other injury prevention projects. The sub-group has worked with IPNANZ to ensure that the tool is in line with the planning and evaluation methods being taught on the Foundation Certificate in Injury Prevention. The local injury prevention coalitions met as a citywide group to confirm and plan 07/08 Safekids Campaign activity focusing on cycle safety and drowning prevention.
Objective six: To work collaboratively with other agencies and communities to develop the capacity of Auckland city’s injury prevention sector to respond effectively to current and emerging injury prevention issues (capacity)
Local community and central government workers were encouraged and supported to attend Auckland city capacity building workshops on topics such as financial training, funding applications etc. This will continue throughout the year as workshops are held. Staff worked to support two local workers to attend the IPNANZ conference. Both of which have been approved funding to attend. This, Footpaths R 4 People and Watch Out People About projects continue to follow a community development and capacity building model. This involves working with local communities to identify issues and solutions, and plan, budget, implement and review initiatives.
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