Forum 24 Perth, Wednesday 23 September 2020
Telethon Speech and Hearing Centre, Wembley
“Thank you and well done on another informative forum. Really pleased to have been a part of this. Your support for our work is appreciated and valued.” Christine Smith, Injury Matters
“Of the multiple forums I am asked to present to, yours is one of my favourites.” 😊 Teresa Williams, Road Safety Commission
“The event was professionally run and it was so good to see many passionate industry people there.” Robert O’Keefe, Reef Group
“Thanks for yesterday it was very interesting and fun.” Simone Dawe, K-Trans
Another great event, at a great new venue with great speakers.
The event began with updates on Transafe WA’s activities, including the first preview of INSTRUCKTA. We were then joined by our colleagues from Injury Matters who launched their health and wellbeing program (MaPS) designed specifically for heavy vehicle drivers. Member for Curtin, Celia Hammond MP spoke really well to launch the program which has funding from the NHVR’s Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative.
Senator Glen Sterle gave an update on the Senate Enquiry into the road transport industry, and updates were also provided by Main Roads Heavy Vehicle Services and the state’s Road Safety Commission.
In the final session for the day, expert facilitator Susan Fleming invited forum participants to focus on their worst possible Christmas Day newspaper headline involving the industry, in order to draw out compelling industry issues. Each group tallied up the years of experience at their table – there was an extraordinary 772 years of experience in the room. Load restraint, fatigue, emotional challenges, alcohol and drugs, novice drivers, and industry reputation were the issues discussed further by the panel members. Thanks go to Sean Carren (Goldstar Transport), Steve Mitchinson (DoT), Mike Buba (Main Roads), Jonathon Gimondo (Worksafe), Nick Fox (Alcolizer) and Christine Smith (Injury Matters) for contributing to this session.
This session finished with a chance for the whole audience to think about the Critical Discussions they can have in their teams to make for safer operational outcomes and to improve industry culture. Susan reiterated the impact each of us has in that ‘what we accept is what we walk past’ – then left us with a tool – the 5 Steps for a Critical Conversation:
- Make the person comfortable
- Ask open questions
- Explore options
- Agree on the actions
- Follow up
I have pocket guide cards available for this process – email me if you would like a quantity.