Preventing injury

Injury is a leading cause of premature death and disability, both in the Hutt Valley and across New Zealand. Injuries have huge economic and social costs for us all, yet many injuries are preventable. We want to prevent and reduce injury in the Hutt Valley, particularly in homes and on our sports fields and places of recreation, as this is where the highest numbers of injuries occur.

What you can do

  • Want to make sure your home is safe? Book in for one of our free Hutt Valley home safety checks, by contacting nsgroup@xtra.co.nz if you live in Lower Hutt, or Jessica.setu@uhcc.govt.nz if you live in Upper Hutt. Read more here (Link to item below) or contact your local ACC Community Injury Prevention consultant (jo.vilipaama@acc.co.nz) for free resources to help make your home safer for you and your family.
  • Keep up to date with the latest in workplace safety by joining the Hutt Valley Health & Safety Employers Forum. Read more – link to item below

Our work

Safe Hutt Valley and its partners are involved in a range of programmes and projects that help to prevent and reduce injury in the Hutt Valley. These include:

Hutt Valley Employers Health and Safety Forum

These bimonthly forums are about promoting healthy and safe workplaces in the Hutt Valley by sharing training, resources and knowledge amongst employers. Local employers lead the forum with support from ACC and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. To find out more, contact Alice Dolan at alice.dolan@acc.co.nz.

Vitamin D supplementation

itamin D is a proven defence against injuries from falls, as it promotes strong muscles and bones. The Vitamin D supplementation programme targets people who live long-term in residential care facilities, as well as older people who seldom leave their homes and don’t receive the recommended sun exposure. ACC promotes Vitamin D supplementation through GPs and health providers to help reduce injuries caused by falls. To find out more, see ACC’s brochure about the importance of Vitamin D.

Safety Begins at Home logoWe also initiate and run a range of targeted projects to address specific concerns within our communities. These include:

Safety Begins at Home

Most injuries happen in the home and are easy to prevent, so Safe Hutt Valley partners have teamed up to offer free home safety checks to residents in the communities of Timberlea, Wainuiomata, Naenae, Taita and Stokes Valley. A trained expert visits you in your own home, and offer practical suggestions and resources to make your home safer, and minimise those nasty slips, trips and falls. The home safety checks also include useful information on crime prevention, emergency preparedness and health. To find out more, and book in for one of our free home safety checks, please contact nsgroup@xtra.co.nz if you live in Lower Hutt, or Jessica.setu@uhcc.govt.nz if you live in Upper Hutt.

Safety Week activities 

A few simple changes to your home or lifestyle can dramatically reduce your chances of getting injured, so Safe Hutt Valley and partners support ACC’s annual Safety Week campaign. The nationwide Safety Week campaign occurs every October to raise awareness of common injuries, and to let people know how they can keep themselves safe and free from injury. Keep up to date with plans for Safety Week 2014 at www.safetyweek.co.nz.

Who’s involved?

ACC lead this work on behalf of Safe Hutt Valley, and a range of other agencies, community groups and businesses are involved in these programmes and projects. The Safe Hutt Valley group welcomes contact from other organisations or individuals interested in promoting safer communities in the Hutt Valley. Please contact us if you are keen to get involved.

Other organisations, programmes and services helping to prevent injuries in the Hutt Valley

Activationthe Activation team at Upper Hutt City Council run a range of activities to help the Upper Hutt community to become more active, more often, safely.

Leisure Active – the Leisure Active team at Hutt City Council run a range of activities to help Hutt City residents become more active.

Kokiri Marae– Kokiri Marae in Seaview offers a range of injury prevention services around road safety and child safety.

YMCA Wellington – YMCA Upper Hutt offers programmes to help keep older adults active and injury-free.

Presbyterian Support Central Enliven Tai Chi programme– Enliven Tai Chi programmes are available across the Hutt Valley to help older adults maintain good health and reduce the risk of injury from falls.

Sport WellingtonSport Wellington promotes, supports and develops sport in the Wellington region.

National organisations, services and programmes helping to prevent injuries

Accident Compensation Corporation

Injury Prevention Aotearoa

Injury Prevention Research Unit, Otago University

Worksafe New Zealand

Safekids

Sport New Zealand

New Zealand Fire Service

Ministry of Health

Health Promotion Agency

Water Safety New Zealand

Water Safe Auckland

New Zealand National Poisons Centre

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