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Mob Rules: Doing road safety business in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities (Woorabinda case study)

Colin Edmonston & Kylie Major-Oakley

National Indigenous Road Safety Forum

November, 2010


Acknowledgements
Acknowledgements Torres Strait Islander communities (Woorabinda case study)

  • Traditional Owners, Elders, Councillors and communities of Central Queensland, in particular Woorabinda

  • Commonwealth Department of Infrastructure and Transport

  • Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety – Queensland

  • Department of Transport & Main Roads

  • Queensland Police Service

  • Central Queensland Indigenous Development



About Us … Torres Strait Islander communities (Woorabinda case study)

  • Small decentralised team

  • Responsible for road safety delivery In Central and Central West Queensland (34% of the state)

    Program Delivery …

  • School transport safety (SCSS = 244 supervisors, SafeST)

  • Driver Reviver (8 sites + 600 volunteers)

  • Youth Drive Alive and CHOICES

  • Road safety and licensing sessions with at-risk groups

  • SKIPPER Designated Driver Program

  • Driver fatigue project in the Bowen Basin (mining focus)

  • Woorabinda Road Safety Trial*


Woorabinda Road Safety Trial Torres Strait Islander communities (Woorabinda case study)(1)

  • Community–Government-University–Industry partnership (part-time Road Safety Officer based in Woorie)

  • Two primary objectives:

    • Deliver road safety activities and outcomes for the Woorabinda community in Central region

    • Establish protocols (guidelines) for the development and delivery of Indigenous road safety programs

  • Local priorities:licensing (100hrs); restraint use; road safety education in schools; roadworthy vehicles


  • Restraint use Torres Strait Islander communities (Woorabinda case study)

  • Booster seats and restraints donated to day care centre

  • Free hire scheme

  • Information sessions for Mums and staff on laws, safety and fitting requirements

  • QPS active referral agent

  • High usage rates


  • Road safety education in schools Torres Strait Islander communities (Woorabinda case study)

  • Road safety as the theme for art classes in 2010

  • Potential to integrate road safety through the newly developed Prep to P9 curriculum

  • Youth Drive Alive in 2011

  • Wadja students referred to licensing sessions (mine placements)


  • Fatality Free Friday Torres Strait Islander communities (Woorabinda case study)

  • Restraint info sessions (TMR)

  • Roadworthy session + checks (QPS)

  • Triage and first-aid info session (QH)

  • Road safety + licensing session (TMR)

  • CQID training vehicle demo (CQID)

  • Competitions, BBQ cooked by QH


Licensing being a safe and legal driver l
Licensing – Being a Safe and Legal Driver (L) Torres Strait Islander communities (Woorabinda case study)

“Who’s on your right?”

“Whether you like them or not, you can’t run them over.”

“Signs, lines and lights rule!”

“Don’t get T-boned.”

“Get about the roundabout.”


Inattention Torres Strait Islander communities (Woorabinda case study)

Speed

Fatigue

Unrestrained

Alcohol

“Fatal 5” – “protect your family/mates”



Ngudyamba muraga teach car
“Ngudyamba Muraga” – “Teach Car” CDEP

  • Supervision offered in the community by accredited CQID trainers (not-for-profit)

  • Bookings coordinated by CDEP – tracking people through the licensing process

  • Services offered in urban areas – including theory sessions

  • Maximising work trips through CDEP (real potential to address 100 hour requirement)

  • Local police and Driving Examiners test


Guidelines for program development 1
Guidelines for Program Development CDEP(1)

  • Consultation should be ongoing and involve:

    • Locals as leaders (not listeners)

    • Adherence to local communication and engagement protocols

    • Appropriate lead-in and decision-making time

    • Community profiling (to map resources/opportunities)

    • Transparency in process (the journey together)

  • Program objectives should:

    • Address local priorities

    • Provide practical, sustainable solutions

    • Be evidence-based

    • Focus on people, not politics (who to engage with)


Guidelines for program development 2
Guidelines for Program Development CDEP(2)

  • Program design should:

    • Link road safety to higher community priorities (eg. employment, mentoring)

    • Acknowledge “context” and the value of risk minimisation

    • Balance punitive measures with positive measures

    • Build in evaluation with realistic expectations

    • Maximise $$$ spent on delivery vs administration

    • Clearly define governance and local support structure (Kylie)

    • Consider all aspects of a ‘safe system’

    • Acknowledge ‘awareness’ underpins all behaviour change

  • Stakeholders need to be:

    • Competent + Committed

    • Cooperative/Coordinated – sharing $$$, resources, knowledge and success

    • Cashed up 


Guidelines for program delivery 1
Guidelines for Program Delivery CDEP(1)

  • Facilitator is the most valuable resource!!!

  • Link with local cultural and sporting events

  • Flexibility to accommodate Murri time or priority changes

  • Tips for effective education:

    • Learning by doing and visuals!!!

    • Group learning (train the trainer)

    • Interactive, engaging sessions

    • “Leggo approach” - consistent, repetitive messages

    • Use of humour + local examples

  • “Work together, play together”

  • “Open door policy”

  • Celebrate small successes


What s next for us
What’s next for us? CDEP

  • Continue to tackle the licensing imperative (focus on 100 hour supervision requirement in partnership with CQID and CDEP) – better coordination across the state

  • Engage community in road safety infrastructure decision-making and delivery (learn from NSW experience)

  • Ongoing funding for RSO position!!!

  • Census data collection project – partnership with ABS

  • SURVEY – Feedback from other jurisdictions on “what works” in program development and delivery (inform guidelines)



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