General Information/Counselling Services


The Road Traffic Accident Trauma Charitable Trust was founded in 2010 to provide counselling, advocacy and advice to assist those that have been affected by road traffic accident related trauma which is largely an unmet need in the community. In particular, it was founded to provide a service for those that do not meet criteria for counselling support under the Accident Compensation Act. This is the first Charitable Trust of its kind in New Zealand.

In 2012, the Trust was fortunate to form a partnership with the Canterbury Charity Hospital Trust. The Hospital provides the counselling services on behalf of the Trust. In 2017, the Hospital donated an office space to the Trust in their newly built Warner Mauger House at 351 Harewood Road, Christchurch.

Sarah Dean, Founder/General Manager

Sarah founded the Road Traffic Accident Trauma Charitable Trust in 2010. She was involved in one serious and near fatal car crash at 20 years of age, followed by a further moderate car crash ten months later. She sustained injuries from both crashes.

Sarah recovered well from the injuries she sustained and is very fortunate to be able to maintain a fit and active lifestyle which includes Muay Thai. She credits the wonderful support of her close friends and family who assisted her during her difficult time post accidents. She knows the road to recovery is not always easy but believes with the right support and guidance the journey can become more tolerable. She is able to empathise with the difficulties of those that are affected by road trauma and it has made her the person she is today.

Sarah was inspired to found the Road Traffic Accident Trauma Charitable Trust when she undertook a research study on those affected by road trauma and its implications affecting post accident care and recovery, including rehabilitation. Sarah wanted to ensure adequate support, education and advice was provided to those directly affected by road trauma.

Sarah has a more recent background in Regulatory Affairs in the pharmaceutical sector and part ownership in highly specialised physiotherapy clinics in Sydney which treated numerous patients that suffered from chronic pain, many of which had been in motor vehicle crashes.


Counselling Services

The Road Traffic Accident Trauma Charitable Trust is able to provide free counselling services to those directly impacted by road traffic related trauma.

We understand it may be a difficult time after a road traffic related accident. That is why the Road Traffic Accident Trauma Charitable Trust is committed to supporting those who  have been affected by road traffic related trauma. If you have been involved in, witnessed or lost a loved one to a road traffic related accident you may be eligible for trauma counselling. Our services are free and our aim is to get you back to your pre-accident state so you can start to enjoy life again.

Our free counselling services are possible through a Memorandum of Understanding with the Canterbury Charity Hospital Charitable Trust to support those within the Canterbury Region.

If you, a loved one or a patient requires trauma counselling and would like further information, please contact us – we are here to help.

To make a confidential direct self-referall please complete the online form on the Canterbury Charity Hospital Charitable Trust’s website.

Updated: July 2018