Personal Experiences

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Personal Experiences

A crash can happen to anyone. The physical, psychological and financial consequences of the injuries are enormous on the injured person, their family and the community. 

These videos share the stories of people catastrophically injured in crashes prior to 1 July 2016, who were unable to receive funded catastrophic injuries support, and those who were catastrophically injured in crashes after 1 July 2016 and are participants in the Catastrophic Injuries Support scheme.

Joan Buchanan: Joan suffered a medical episode while driving. The vehicle left the road and crashed at a speed of 100kph. She suffered catastrophic injuries and was eligible for the Catastrophic Injuries Support (CIS) scheme. The CIS scheme has provided care and support for Joan to live at home and gain independence.

Luke Stevens: Luke was involved in a three car collision in May 2017 and suffered catastrophic injuries as a result. After months in hospital, Luke returned to his family home to commence his rehabilitation. For both Luke and his family, the Catastrophic Injuries Support scheme and the Insurance Commission’s Care Services Coordinator has provided much-needed support in Luke’s recovery.

Greg Willmott: Greg estimates that  since his crash 16 years ago, he has spent 10 years of that time bedridden due to pressure sores. Without cover, he has to wait long periods for special equipment needed to make him more comfortable.

Matt Cook: Matt‘s crash at the age of 20 resulted in tetraplegia, a condition requiring lifelong around-the-clock care and assistance. There are also significant ongoing expenses for equipment needed to help Matt be mobile and communicate.

Roslind Witham: Roslind was 17 when she acquired a significant brain injury in a crash near her country home town of Tambellup. Because there was no cover, Roslind's mother and father had to sell the farm which had been in their family for generations.

Kim Dybing: Kim’s motorcycle accident 24 years ago resulted in major spinal damage. Like many people with paraplegia, Kim has significant ongoing pain issues requiring treatment, for which he has had to wait up to two years as a result of not being covered.

Julie Waylen: Julie from National Disability Services explains the enormous positive impact the expanded motor injury insurance cover will have for so many people needing care in the future and the families who will be supporting them.

Dr Sudhakar Rao: Sudhakar (trauma surgeon) explains the frustrations experienced by medical professionals who have seen first hand the sharp contrast in recovery rates and general wellbeing of those patients with motor injury insurance cover versus those not covered under the current system.

Campaign Video 2016: A broad communications program – including newspaper, radio, TV and digital  – raised public awareness for the expansion of motor injury insurance in WA. Campaign adverts ran across major TV and radio networks, bus stops, petrol pumps, licensing centres and online. The key message conveyed was that a catastrophic injury can happen to anyone, and that expanding motor injury insurance will ensure all people catastrophically injured in WA are covered.

Page Last Updated 02 Oct 2018