Tasmania

Tasmania Branch
PO Box 302, Mowbray, TAS 7248

Branch Patron Dr Frank Madill AM
President Gary Carr OAM
03 6776 1003
or 0418 145 327
Vice-President Brent Whitmore 03 6326 5178
Vice- President Philip Lockhart 03 6326 3975
Secretary Geraldine Carr 03 6776 1003
Treasurer Beth Whitmore 03 6326 5178
Social Convenor Carol Lockhart

Committee meetings are held bi-monthly on the Third Monday each Month.


December 2017 - We have received notification of a grant for $34,655 from the Motor Accident Insurance Board of Tasmania to provide a road safety program named "Sleepy Drivers Die". We aim to provide a TV commercial with road crashes caused by fatigued drivers, and also a radio version using the sounds. We have already distributed brochures to all Community Health Centres in Tasmania, and I have so far visited 39 of them. Further sponsorship will be sought over coming months and a number of companies have indicated that they will participate.

October 2017 - The Branch AGM was held on 14 August and all office bearers were reelected. We have had a further grant of $3,000 from the Tasmanian Health Minister, and a brochure has been prepared covering only sleep disorders. We have also submitted a funding application for a large-scale project on Drowsy Driving.

August 2017 - We have had a busy six months, starting with initial interviews with members of the Tasmanian government and concluding with the Paul Kingston, CEO of the Motor Accident Insurance Board of Tasmania, approving a $3,000 sponsorship to our Branch and approving the final draft of the brochure "Fatigue, Sleepiness and Inattention Whilst Driving. The brochure started out as a sleep message, but we incorporated fatigue and inattention, as these three are the major causes of road crashes.

We are deciding how the program will be delivered. He have arranged meetings and interviews with appropriate bodies, associations and government representatives. This is the biggest program the state has embarked on since the late 1990's, when, again with MAIB assistance, three years of meetings and advertising brought a change in thinking about sleep apnea and driving, leading to the question being included in vehicle license applications and renewals.

June 2017 - I can now report that the Tasmanian Branch has received confirmation that the Motor Accidents Insurance Board of Tasmania will be sponsoring us to the sum of $3,000 for the production of a brochure relating to road crashes caused by fatigue, sleepiness and inattention. We also intend to set up a web page and possibly a Facebook page relating to the project.

We hop that this will be the forerunner of a national campaign focused on drowsy driving, and the Board of Directors will be pursuing this through state levels.