Lock's driver training programs win South Australian health award

RECOGNITION: Country Health SA council chair Peter Blacker with Lock Health Centre Advisory Committee members Jamie Siviour, Andrew Hentschke and Heather Beard.
RECOGNITION: Country Health SA council chair Peter Blacker with Lock Health Centre Advisory Committee members Jamie Siviour, Andrew Hentschke and Heather Beard.

The Lock Health Centre Advisory Committee has been recognised for its contribution to road safety in the community over the last 10 years with a Country Health SA Award.

The committee was named a finalist in the Governing Council Awards, before taking out the Outstanding Contribution to Country Health Award in Adelaide last Friday.

They were recognised for their young driver training program that aims to reduce the number of road deaths for L and P-plate drivers.

Program coordinator Jamie Siviour said he saw first hand the positive outcomes the training had had on young drivers in the community.

"It is so heartening when you have some of the young drivers that have gone through the training come back later and tell you that because of something they had learnt they had avoided a serious accident," he said.

"It makes it all worthwhile."

The committee worked with the Australian Driving Institute to develop the free program for country roads and now has a 100 per cent attendance from young drivers in the area.

The towing and reversing program was added recently to teach people how to reverse camper trailers and caravans, and to learn the correct load weights and braking to reduce tow risks.

Committee member Andrew Hentschke said the committee tried to think outside the box and looked at health in the big picture.

"Primary health care initiatives, like the driver training and the many other things we do, keeps our community safer and healthier which in turn reduces the need of hospitalisation and the impact of the patient journey," he said.

The CHSA Awards also recognised nine other organisations and individuals that demonstrated an outstanding commitment and contribution to better health outcomes across the state.