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Safe System Demonstration Project in a Remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community

Senserrick, Teresa M., Yip, P, Grzebieta, Raphael, Clapham, K, Lyford, Marilyn, Ivers, Rebecca Q. (Peer reviewed)



Teresa Senserrick1, Peter Yip2, Raph Grzebieta3, Kathleen Clapham4, Marilyn Lyford1, Rebecca Ivers1 Affiliations: 1) The George Institute for Global Health, University of Sydney; 2) Bidyadanga Aboriginal Community LaGrange; 3) Injury Risk Management Research Centre, UNSW; 4) Australian Health Services Research Institute, University of Wollongong Title: Safe System Demonstration Project in a Remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Introduction: This research is the first known application of a comprehensive safe system audit in a remote Aboriginal community; commissioned by the Indigenous Road Safety Working Group with funding from Austroads. Methods: The audit was conducted in Bidyadanga WA in collaboration with the Bidyadanga Community Council during June-August 2010, including: review of policy, management and police records; physical observation of roads, speeds and vehicles; and interviews with community members and local stakeholders including regarding road user issues and vehicle access. Results: Bidyadanga was found to have high quality roads and safe speeds within residential areas, with limited need for upgrades and new work; however, several issues were identified on roads to access the nearest town, including a high crash blackspot  location. Access to safe vehicles was limited. Unlicensed driving, lack of child restraints, drink driving and fatigue were key road user concerns. Needs for across-government improvements in policy and management were identified. Cost effective actions were identified. Conclusions: This project demonstrated that application of the safe system was feasible in a remote Aboriginal community. Lessons learned can be applied nationally to improve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander road safety.