My Story: Stephanie Gatt I wish people understood that it’s not just the person who has been injured or who has died that is affected. As an Emergency Nurse, I know that prevention will always be better than treatment “For the past six years I have been a nurse in the Emergency Department. There has not been a day where I couldn’t see myself working in this role. I come from a long line of public servants within my family, which has always made me determined to care for individuals within my community. Growing up and watching my family keeping others safe and having the education to help so many people inspired me to be an Emergency Nurse. The most challenging part of my every day role would have to be the environment I find myself working in. It is very stressful, though rewarding at the same time. Every day I am faced with different things and I see firsthand how different aspects of one person’s life is placed into mine and my colleagues’ hands. Personally, seeing families lose a loved one has got to be the worst part of my role. It hurts all people involved. However, often, us as nurses can save lives and are given the ability to give people a second chance at living. There are so many road trauma situations and incidences that I have been a part of, that I couldn’t pick just one to shed some light on. All the cases have touched me in some way, shape or form. I wish people understood that it’s not just the person who has been injured or who has died that is affected. Family, other road users and emergency service personal are also affected by the mistakes that people make on our roads. I decided to join the Blue Datto team as a Peer Mentor, to explain to students exactly that. To educate our young students on road safety, prevention will ALWAYS be better than treatment.” . . . . . Road Trauma is a serious issue in Australia than impacts thousands of individuals, families and communities every year. What can you do to play your part in reducing the toll on our community? Our thanks to Stephanie for telling her story.