Melville First Community in WA to achieve Pan Pacific Safe Community Accreditation
At Melville’s Safe Day Out on Sunday, 19 February, the City of Melville community was accredited as a Pan Pacific Safe Community. Melville’s Safe Day Out was a great free family event that helped educate the community about safety in a fun, interactive and engaging way and celebrated the community’s outstanding achievement in safety.
The City of Melville has been aligning to the Safe Communities framework for the last four years with a number of benefits, including forming robust partnerships with key stakeholders to deliver targeted initiatives which address the community’s key priorities.
Working together with key partners such as the City’s Community Safety Service (CSS), WA Police, Neighbourhood Watch (NHW), Injury Control Council of WA (ICCWA), Safer Melville Advisory Committee representatives, Road Safety Travel Smart Committee and many others, allowed the City of Melville to deliver targeted initiatives that address their community’s key priorities in a cost effective manner.
On 16 February the City of Moonee Valley hosted a delegation from Matsubara City, Osaka Prefecture, Japan, to showcase their community safety projects and consider how they can collaborate in the future.
Moonee Valley was the first Australian community to be formally accredited as a Pan Pacific Safe Community in 2014. A short video is available here.
Thank you to Peter Crowley and Angela Lindsay for coordinating the day and tour, Lisa Bagnati for assisting with information on the day, Anna Psarras, Elissa McMillan, Ventra Slizys and Jessica Gigliotti who showcased some of Moonee Valley’s achievements.
Photography and video: Connor O'Keane, Imperium Pictures
On the morning of 17 February the City of Melbourne hosted Mayor Sawai and his delegation. The City of Melbourne, a sister city of Osaka, has been an international safe community since 2000.
The program areas highlighted during the visit included
Safety and disaster / emergency management
A visit to Safe City monitoring room
Child and Elder Safety
Crime prevention and community safety.
Thank you to Anne Malloch for coordinating the visit as well as Alison Duncan, Craig Buckingham, Christine Drummond and Clinton Moore for their presentations. Special thanks to both Clinton and D’Arcy Butler who impressed the delegation with their Japanese language skills!
(L-R) Front row – Yoko Shiraishi, Anne Malloch, Mayor Sawai, Meegan Brotherton Back row – Kenji Omoto, Tomomi Kitano, D’Arcy Butler, Clinton Moore, Satoshi Ota, Hironobu Nishida
Modern challenges meet to create a solution
In the world of community safety the issue of unintentional falls is a serious issue but one with low public awareness. For young people in the area of education and employment, finding that first role or a way to gain experience is a challenge. These two issues come together when the Victorian Safe Communities Network (VSCN) engaged intern Winston Maugeri in the in the April Falls project.
The VSCN, which exists to promote and support community safety, also participates in global safety networks as part of the Pan Pacific Safe Communities Network (PPSCN). When the member nations in PPSCN agreed to collaborate to jointly address the issue of falls in Australia, the USA, New Zealand and Canada and, VSCN chose to be involved as falls are the leading cause of hospital admission in Victoria.
Working together this global network of safety agencies will launch April Falls Day, a promotion across April to build awareness about falls risks and preventative measures.
How does a network of volunteer members progress an action like this? Enter Winston Maugeri a graduate of La Trobe University who was looking to enhance his employment credentials through volunteering as an intern.
Months later and with April approaching VSCN now has a body of resource material to provide to local governments and partners agencies to promote falls prevention and to share within the PPSCN. Winston, who has produced most of the material under the guidance of the VSCN Executive, has completed 10 weeks of practical experience to enhance his employment prospects. He will leave his terms with VSCN with their thanks and the record of having worked to create a leading health promotion that will be shared internationally.
Abstracts closing soon for the 13th Australasian Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion Conference - 13-15 November 2017 - Ballarat
With a theme of “Take Action”, the Conference will be a multi-disciplinary event featuring representatives from all facets of injury prevention and safety promotion including research, teaching, practice and policy.
4th United Nations Road Safety Week - 8-14 May 2017
In support of advocacy and action for the upcoming 4th United Nations Road Safety Week (8-14 May 2017) the World Health Organization has recently released a summary publication on evidence based approaches to prevent speed related road trauma.
This new publication "Managing Speed" can be downloaded from the WHO website.