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TrackSAFE's latest newsletter: Dec 2016
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December 2016


TrackSAFE is a not-for-profit, rail industry initiative endeavouring to reduce incidents on the rail network. In doing so the aim is to minimise trauma caused to rail employees resulting from witnessing near collisions, injuries, and fatalities while simply doing their jobs.
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Calling on Company Champions Rail R U OK?Day 2017
The next Rail R U OK? Day will be on 20 April 2017. This industry-wide event focuses on engaging rail staff in conversations about their emotional status by prompting them to answer one simple question: are you ok? Does your company have a nominated Company Champion? Click here to check. Company Champions connect with TrackSAFE to receive information and resources to help roll out a successful Rail R U OK?Day within your organisation. To find out more contact Sara Ross.
New Lifeline partnership to stop suicides in the rail environment
Patron of the TrackSAFE Foundation the Hon. Tim Fischer AC, TrackSAFE’s Chairman Bob Herbert, the CEO of Lifeline Australia Pete Shmigel, along with senior rail representatives gathered at a special event to learn about TrackSAFE and Lifeline Australia’s goal of working together to make a difference in the rail suicide prevention space. Lifeline Australia has committed to specifically addressing rail suicide as part of its suicide prevention mission and will work with TrackSAFE to progress this by trialling a range of interventions. The rail industry is doing what it can to address the serious issue of suicide in Australia, and with the help of Lifeline Australia will strive to stop deaths which are 100 per cent preventable. Click here to find out more.
Rail safety books now available
The winners of our TrackSAFE Education national primary schools competition have had their rail safety stories published. Students were challenged to write and illustrate a book about a safe train journey. Order your very own free copies of 'The Best Excursion Ever' and 'Tommy Turtles Train Troubles' available in both hard copy and eBook version. The runners up also had their stories produced into eBooks. To get your copies visit the TrackSAFE Education website. Hurry while stocks last. 
Level Crossing Safety Scholarship
 
The TrackSAFE Foundation and the Rail Manufacturing CRC are excited to be offering a level crossing safety scholarship program for postgraduate university students in 2017. Up to three PhD students will be awarded a full-time, three month paid internship courtesy of scholarship sponsors Transport and Main Roads, Aurizon and Queensland Rail. Through the scholarship, we will be offering students a unique opportunity to integrate their studies into a real-world working environment. Click here to find out more.
 Community Stations
Cupcakes, sausage sizzles, therapy dogs, music and more; the Community Stations pilot project is creating lively, fun and vibrant atmospheres in select Melbourne train stations. While creating positive vibes at train stations is a fantastic way to contribute to the community’s wellbeing, what we are most proud of is the awareness around mental health that is being created through the project. Our priority is to raise awareness of the importance of mental health while removing the stigma associated with mental illness. The Project is being led by TrackSAFE, Public Transport Victoria (PTV), Metro Trains Melbourne (MTM), V/Line, local councils and other partners. A range of activities are being tested at four Melbourne stations – Dandenong, Ringwood, Sunshine and Melton. 
 
As part of the Project we've stationed a piano at Ringwood Station which is reportedly bringing a great amount of positive energy to the platform. “On Friday and Saturday nights, groups are gathering round the piano to hear passengers play then applauding when they finish a piece. There was an afternoon when it was quite a stressful time at the station. Someone played the piano and everyone relaxed. It changed the mood completely. Earlier in the week, two teenage boys spent quite some time at the piano writing a song and working out lyrics," Station Master Shirley. To find out more about Community Stations please visit our website.
Season's Greetings

From our rail family to yours, wishing you a joyous Christmas season from everyone at the TrackSAFE team - Naomi Frauenfelder, Sara Ross and Janine Ferris. Thank you for your ongoing support and partnership in working with us to help improve the workplace for rail employees; we look forward to doing the same in 2017. We hope you have a happy Christmas and a (Track)SAFE New Year.

                 

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