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Journeys : Aug Sep 2010
Andrew Hodges receives his Certificate of Achievement from Darren Osborn, CEO of Headway Rebuilding Lives. Speakers tell their story -- Heads Up 2 Brain Injury The Heads Up 2 Brain Injury (HU2BI) program is an interactive learning opportunity targeted at students in years 9-12. The goal is to influence the attitudes and behaviour of young people in order to reduce their chances of sustaining a brain injury. HU2BI is a partnership between the Brain Injury Association of Tasmania, Headway Rebuilding Lives, Tasmanian Acquired Brain Injury Ser vices, Headway North West, the Department of Premier and Cabinet and the generous support of R ACT Insurance. The program is delivered by two presenters, one of whom has an acquired brain injury. Hearing personal stories is a moving and powerful experience for students. Speakers receive training in presentation skills so they can describe the experience of living with an acquired brain injury. They receive $50 for every presentation they deliver. A recent speakers' course r un in partnership with the Polytechnic Clarence campus and Headway Rebuilding Lives resulted in six speakers receiving certificates and accreditation to deliver the HU2BI program in souther n Tasmania. Andrew Hodges was 14 when he was hit by a car on the Brooker Highway and acquired a severe brain injury. He spent nine months in a coma and two years in hospital before returning home with the support of his family. As a result of the program, Andrew, at the age of 36, received his first salary payment of $300 for presenting six HU2BI presentations in schools. Before the HU2BI program, Andrew described himself as 'the world's greatest spectator'. But now he's an active participant in this R ACT In surance-sponsored program. For further information visit www.biat.org.au or to book a session contact the Brain Injury Association of Tasmania FREECALL 1300 BIA TAS or email: firstname.lastname@example.org RACT working on local road safety issues The R ACT's Regional Advisory Committees continue to identify local road safety and traffic issues that require action to make our Tasmanian roads safer. The Northern Committee had previously identified the Esk Main Road as an important regional road that was in need of widening and other safety upgrades, to build on the works done in previous years. The Gover nment's state election commitment of $5 million for upgrading this road, as part of its $90 million Community Roads package, was therefore welcome. This commitment will be carefully monitored. A growing issue around Launceston is peak hour congestion, and the committee has noted the increased stress on the West Tamar Highway in this regard. It is seeking DIER's views on the situation. The entrance/exits to the Bass Highway from the Midland Highway at Launceston and the tur noff junction to Prospect have also been raised by members as having some inadequacies in lighting and signage. The Southern Committee continues to be concer ned about the number of traffic signals with globe failures around the Hobart CBD and suburbs. The committee is unhappy that there is no regular inspection regime and replacements are only made on failure. R ACT members should report failed traffic signal globes by calling 1300 139 933. The Gover nment must roll out, as quickly and completely as possible, the new low-emission LED traffic signals that they have started to install. The LED lamps will last much longer and are far better for the environment. This LED technology should also be extended to street lighting as soon as practicable and the committee urges the Government to consider a trial of LED street lights now. There also needs to be a greater emphasis on pedestrian safety and for motorists to responsibly share the road with them. At the same time, the committee urges pedestrian s to take some commonsense measures to help save themselves. For example: stand back from the curb rather than in a vulnerable position close to the path of vehicles; avoid using a mobile phone while crossing the road, and use the pedestrian signals lawfully. The North-Western Committee has three local projects as its highest road safety priorities. The committee strongly supports the recommendations as contained in the Bass Highway Wynyard Bypass Junction Review Report (October 2009, prepared by DIER's Gar ry Hills). It has urged the Government to reduce the number of junctions urgently as serious traffic incidents continue to occur around this region. Another state election promise, as part of the $90 million dollar Community Roads package, was "...$1.5 million for an upgrade to the Stanley junction with the Bass Highway." The committee believes that the constr uction of a roundabout or another appropriate engineered solution is urgently required to improve the safety at this notorious junction. A priority must also be placed on urgently in stalling audio tactile profiled markings ('ripple strips') on a number of stretches of the Bass Highway between Launceston and Latrobe (where the highway is still single car riageway, undivided) and at other points of this section of the Bass Highway where previous line markings have wor n out and are now ineffective. Research from New Zealand shows on average the lines reduce overall crashes by 27%, r un-off-road crashes by 32% (edge lines), and head-on crashes by 42% (centre lines). In our community 8 August / September 2010
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