It’s that time of year again where we recognise and reward the positive contributions of individuals, local government authorities, organisations, businesses and the media in advancing consumer advocacy in WA. Let’s put our hands together and congratulate this year’s award winners for the 2020 Western Australian Consumer Protection Awards.
One of the awards again this year is the Kidsafe WA award. This award acknowledges those in the community that have made a significant contribution to childhood injury prevention. It highlights those who contribute to raising awareness of specific product hazards, designing new products that improve consumer safety and developing or delivering initiatives that raise community awareness of injury prevention issues for children. Promoting consumer product safety is a key factor in preventing childhood injuries and is a major component of the operations and activities of Kidsafe WA.
The Kidsafe WA award for 2020 went to Red Nose for their Pepi-Pod RROSIAC program.
Red Nose is Australia’s leading authority on safe sleep and safe pregnancy, and provides bereavement support for families affected by the death of a baby or child. In Western Australia, Red Nose operates the RROSIAC (Reducing the Risk of SIDS and Sleep Accidents in Aboriginal Communities) program, aiming to lower the level of Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy (SUDI). Death from SUDI amongst Aboriginal infants is reported to be four times as common as that in non-Aboriginal populations.
Red Nose’s Pepi-Pod RROSIAC program is the first of its kind in Western Australia. It was initially introduced into the Kimberley community as it recorded the highest infant mortality rate and increased rates of low birthweight and premature babies being born. The Pepi-Pod is a portable, small purpose-built plastic tub designed to reduce the risk of SUDI. The tub creates a safe sleeping space for infants aged up to four months when in co sleeping situations. The success of the RROSIAC program has led to Aboriginal mothers approaching their child health nurse seeking Pepi-Pods for new mothers in their communities.
A big congratulations again to Red Nose and to all of the winners and finalists of the 2020 Western Australian Consumer Protection Awards.
Did someone say 2021 awards…
Nominations are now open for the 2021 Awards! It is now even easier to nominate with the brand new online submission portal and you can nominate yourself or others.
Watch the video for more details or visit https://www.commerce.wa.gov.au/consumer-protection/western-australian-consumer-protection-awards.
If you are ready to nominate click here!
Nominations must be received by 11.59pm Monday 30 November 2020.