ED Consultant rides for a cause

December 14, 2015

Royal Perth Hospital Emergency Department Consultant Dr David McCutcheon recently participated in the annual bike safety charity event Tim’s Ride. The event raises awareness of cyclists on the road after 26 year old Tim Anderson was tragically killed by a drunk driver when cycling in 2012.

This year several families who had also lost loved ones in similar circumstances took part in the 26 km ride which was followed by a ceremony at the Ghost Bike memorial in Mosman Park. Advocates for cycling and road safety spoke about the need for cyclists and drivers to share the road safely.

Dr McCutcheon was invited to speak about the Royal Perth Hospital Prevention Alcohol and Risk-related Trauma for Youth (P.A.R.T.Y) Program and said it was a good opportunity to raise awareness of the impact the program has on high school aged students.

“As they are learning to drive and are legally allowed to drink, high school students are heading into a time where they are most vulnerable on our roads,” Dr McCutcheon said.

“The P.A.R.T.Y. program provides them with real-life exposure to trauma through simulation, meeting patients and relatives, and through talks from trauma survivors.

“This experience has been shown to reduce risk-talking behaviour and injury amongst students who have attended the program.”

The event saw approximately 500 participants complete the ride with police providing a ‘green light corridor’ for all riders.

For more information about Tim’s Ride visit the website.​