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My research is aimed at providing an evidence base for swimming in terms of drowning prevention. I am testing the Australian Water Safety Council's 2012-2015 Water Safety Strategy Benchmark - identified as an achievable goal for 100% of children leaving primary school (12-13 year olds) - against the conditions identified by the Royal Lifesaving Society's 2012-2013 national Drowning Report in which people are drowning.
Background Drowning is a significant public health issue with more than 320,000 deaths globally every year. These numbers are greatly underestimated, however, due to factors such as inadequate data collection, inconsistent categorization and failure to report in certain regions and cultures. The objective of this study was to develop a standardised...
According to the World Health Organisation, drowning fatalities are a neglected public health issue ranked as the third most frequent cause of unintentional death by injury. Data used to record drowning incidents are acknowledged as inaccurate. Recommendations on drowning prevention based on these data are currently not informed by accurate, detail...
An assessment tool developed as part of a larger drowning prevention study ('Is the Australian Swimming Benchmark useful for the prevention of drowning') is piloted at the AUSTSWIM NSW Regional Conference (Splashout '16) as part of a practical session (wet) for AUSTSWIM teachers. The attached notes give the reasoning for why an evidence based metho...
Drowning fatalities are one of the 10 leading causes of death in every region of the world for people aged 1 to 24 years, according to the World Health Organisation’s inaugural World Drowning Report. While the fatal drowning toll is significantly lower in high income countries (HICs), it is still a substantial issue that has not been remediated by...
Water safety is a vital component of every swimming and water safety (S&WS) program, or at least it should be. The problem is when it comes to ideas for incorporating water safety, a lot of teachers feel dried up. We tend to stick to the same messages, ‘swim between the flags’, ‘never swim alone’, ‘reach to rescue’. The water safety demonstrations...