Art for the Heart

art_for_the_heart_imageArt for the Heart is an art exhibition that honours the use of creativity as a powerful source of healing and expression during the process of grief. It offers a space for people to tell their stories of loss, love and hope in new ways and to bring the community together to share the often hidden experiences of grief and depression.

Road Trauma Support Services Victoria will be exhibiting the Art Therapy Group’s piece ‘The heartfelt flower garden – where love and loss abide‘.

9am – 5pm
8 – 10 August 2017
Held at Parliament House, Queen’s Hall, East Melbourne
Free admission.

Senior Drivers’ Expo – Tarneit

senior_drivers_expo_poster_for_19_august_2017The Tarneit Senior Drivers’ Expo is a good way to improve your driving.

9.45am – 2.30pm
Saturday 19 August 2017
Penrose Promenade Community Centre, 83 Penrose Promenade, Tarneit.

It’s free, confidential and staffed by experts.

Be updated with the important information on road safety, driving and prescribed medicine and road laws. Free assessments of driving techniques and vehicle safety.

Refreshments and light lunch provided to all participants attending.

Get in early to register as places are limited. Bookings are essential, call Lynette on 9742 7534


Karen Robinson’s road safety message

karenrobinson_channel720170515On the eve of Mother’s Day, our volunteer speaker Karen Robinson spoke about the death of her beautiful son Ben in a road collision.

“If Ben would have realised the enormous impact that he had on so many people, he would have made a different choice”, Karen said.

Karen’s story was shared on Channel 7 News and for the Transport Accident Commission (TAC).

Thank you Karen for sharing your road trauma story, in the hope of helping others understand the impacts and ripple effect of road trauma.

Community Road Safety Forum in Broadmeadows

Hume City Council – Smarter Moves
Community Road Safety Forum

smarter_moves_100417Hume City Council, in partnership with the Fit to Drive Foundation on behalf of the TAC is providing a free road safety forum about how to increase safe road use in young people within Hume.

Families and and young adults (aged 16-19 years) are invited to come together for an open discussion around issues of safe travel for young people.

The forum provides an opportunity for the community to engage with young people and to encourage open communication between young people and their parents/significant others, through a better understanding of the influences on behaviour that can lead to risk taking.

DATE: Tuesday 16 May 2017
TIME: 6.00pm – 8.30pm
LOCATION: Broadmeadows Community Hub, 180 – 182 Widford Street, Broadmeadows 3047
COST: FREE – Light supper will be provided from 6.00pm
RSVP: Courtney Harman 0438 712 401 or

National Volunteers Week

rtssv_volunteersweekthankyou2017This week is National Volunteers Week, and an opportunity for us to acknowledge the incredible impact of our volunteers. We appreciate their dedication, time, skills and energy that they give every single day to our organisation and the community

Our volunteers contributions ensure that we do many things:

  • we meet our legal and regulatory obligations of governance
  • we administer our business functions efficiently
  • we conduct our events professionally and sensitively
  • we influence driver behaviour in promoting safety
  • we support many people who have been impacted by trauma in the most difficult of times

Hopefully this week, as one of many in the year, we can show you the appreciation you richly deserve.

We couldn’t do what we do without you, thank you!

#NVW2017 #volunteersweek2017

Tarli Bogtstra – Crash trauma, pain linger

tarli_and_her_gorgeous_kidsOur volunteer speaker Tarli Bogtstra was interviewed by the Herald Sun on Sunday 19 March about her road trauma story. Tarli’s crash was in 2005 and she still suffers the repercussions. “I haven’t been able to hold and bite an apple since the accident; the difficult thing is that it is not my choice that I will never be able to do those things again,” Tarli said.

“People who make bad decisions on our roads, it might be a split second for them but for those it impacts it affects our lives forever.”

You can read Tarli’s story here

Thanks Tarli for sharing your story and getting the road safety message out to the community.

Altona Senior Driver Expo – Saturday 4 March 2017

senior_drivers_expo_poster_4th_march_2017The Senior Drivers’ Expo is a good way to improve your driving. It’s free, confidential and staffed by experts.

Be updated with the important information on road safety, driving and prescribed medicine and road laws. Free assessments of driving techniques and vehicle safety.

9.45am until 2.30pm, Saturday 4 March 2017 at Hobsons Bay Council Civic Offices, 115 Civic Parade, Altona.

Free lunch provided to all participants attending.

Places are limited please call Leigh on 9315 9464

Time for Remembering 2016

_dsc3166Thank you to everyone that joined us on Sunday, at Parliament House to mark the 2016 World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims.

Our annual Time for Remembering ceremony is an opportunity to pause and remember all of those lost or injured on our roads.

The ceremony largely took its theme from a felted mural of a flowery meadow landscape entitled ‘The heartfelt flower garden where love and loss abide‘, produced by our art therapy group.

Special thanks to the Transport Accident Commission (TAC)Uniting Church in Australia, Synod of Victoria and TasmaniaHarriet Shing MPBrunswick Women’s ChoirMichael Johnson Harpist, Andy Calder, emergency services personnel, members of the art therapy group, staff and volunteers.