Education

Road Trauma Support Services Victoria (RTSSV) is committed to educating the community and raising public awareness about road trauma and how it affects people’s lives.  We do this by positively influencing driver attitudes and behaviours with the aim of reducing crashes and the resulting trauma.

RTSSV delivers a range of educational services that reach more than a thousand people each year.

Programs

Road Trauma Awareness Seminars (RTAS) 

RTAS are delivered in conjunction with the Magistrates’ Court of Victoria to traffic offenders as part of sentencing options. RTAS has been growing for more than ten years and is delivered in 33 locations across Victoria each month.

We’ve changed the way we deliver our program to keep our participants, facilitators and volunteers safe. From 1 May 2020, we are offering the RTAS Program Online.

Online Program

The Online Program is delivered using web-conferencing through the application ZoomTo participate in group sessions using web-conferencing, participants will need to have access to either a laptop, desktop computer or tablet. Participants will need to have the application Zoom downloaded on their devices. Zoom may also be downloaded to mobile phones.

Zoom is a free application; participants won’t need to pay to use it. Participants should utilise Google Chrome as their internet browser for using Zoom.

Click here to Book Online

The Calendar for June and July is below. We will be updating our August dates very soon. Anyone can book into any program as they are all online, so it doesn’t matter, for example, if you live in Ballarat and book a Broadmeadows RTAS.

Venue June July
Ballarat Wednesday 24 Wednesday 22
Bendigo Saturday 20 Tuesday 14
Broadmeadows Monday 8 Monday 6
Broadmeadows Thursday 25
Collingwood Thursday 16
Dandenong Saturday 11
Echuca Thursday 30
Frankston Tuesday 16 Tuesday 14
Geelong Tuesday 23
Hamilton Monday 15
Laverton Tuesday 9
Melbourne CBD Saturday 13 Thursday 16
Melbourne CBD Saturday 27 Saturday 25
Melton Thursday 18 Thursday 9
Mildura Wednesday 1
Pakenham Tuesday 2 Tuesday 7
Pakenham Monday 29

 

What if I can’t do an Online Program?
We know this online option may not work for everyone. We will work with yourself and Magistrates to assist those referred, have every opportunity of adhering to court directions and in providing support to courts with reasons that orders may need to wait to attend an RTAS.  If you have any queries, please contact us on 1300 367 797 or email rtasadmin@rtssv.org.au.

 

Drive to Learn

This program is specifically aimed at diverting young people from further entry into the justice system, working with the Children’s Court Youth Diversion Service and Victoria Police. It is currently offered across the state as required. We are also developing a Koori specific program in conjunction with Goolum Goolum Aboriginal Co-Op based in Horsham. Please email us a completed booking form in WORD or  PDF to secure your booking.

Accelerated InSight

This program is a two-session program delivered to repeat offenders in conjunction with Community Corrections Services Victoria.

 

Workplace

Education and wellbeing sessions for the workplace as part of a proactive Occupational Health and Safety Strategy.

Workplace Wellbeing Sessions have been developed for workplaces and their employees to understand the effects of exposure to stressful, distressing and traumatic situations and images. We aim to develop awareness and discuss strategies that will minimise the impact that work has on employee psychological wellbeing. The information presented focuses on being proactive and responsive in your role and still looking after your wellbeing.

We can come to your workplace/unit and run sessions for three hours or up to a full day, depending on your requirements. Other employees and volunteers who could benefit from attending the sessions include tow truck drivers, lawyers, magistrates, healthcare and caseworkers.

The sessions have been specifically designed to help anyone that has been exposed to traumatic and distressing images and content, such as emergency services personnel from the SES, MFB, CFA, ambulance or police. Please email us a completed booking form in WORD or  PDF to secure your booking.

Workplace Road Safety Program assists organisations serious in supporting their staff to drive more responsibly and safely. The program aims to reduce work-related motor vehicle crashes and other related incidents that impact on worker safety, property damage, insurance claims and premiums.

Sporting groups

An opportunity for sporting clubs and community groups to look at road safety with their peers and leaders. The Best Drive Ever program can complement programs such as ‘Good Sports’ and ‘Looking After Your Mates’. Please email us a completed booking form in WORD or  PDF to secure your booking.

Young people

We have specific programs aimed at young people about driving safely. If you’re a young person wanting to make a difference, teach or work with young people and would like to see this program in your school, youth group or a community organisation, please email us a completed booking form in WORD or  PDF to secure your booking.

Program flyers
School Peer to Peer 
Be Safe Road Safe

Information for community groups

We can provide information sessions for a community group, for example, Rotary, Probus and APEX. Please email us a completed booking form in WORD or  PDF to secure your booking.

 

Volunteer speakers

Help inspire people to be safer on our roads

People who have been personally impacted by road trauma play a critical role in raising awareness.

Help promote road safety in your local community.
• Have you been involved in a serious road incident?
• Are you looking to share your story with others in the hope that one less family is impacted by road trauma?

RTSSV delivers local education programs that address the attitudes and behaviours of road users. Volunteers share their personal stories to get the road safety message out into the community and ultimately save lives!

If you have been:
• injured or had a family member/friend injured or die
• first on the scene at a serious road incident
• a witness to a road incident
• a driver involved in a serious road incident
• an emergency service worker attending a road incident
…we would like to speak to you.

Ninety-five per cent of our participants commit to changing the way they approach driving, and our volunteer’s stories play a huge part in that.

“Lifesaving for sure. It has improved my sense of self-worth after our family’s tragic event. It helped me rebuild and re-energised my life to give it meaning and purpose. It has given me opportunities to connect and develop meaningful relationships with likeminded people.”

If you are interested in volunteering as a speaker, download a position description in Word or PDF. For more information, please contact 1300 367 797 or email office.manager@rtssv.org.au

For more information on any of our education services, please contact Chris Harrison at chris.harrison@rtssv.org.au or 1300 367 797.

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