Monday, March 08, 2021


Program & PowerPoint Presentations



 Australian Water Safety Council - National Drowning Prevention Summit 2014.

PowerPoint Presentations 

Keynote Speaker - Mark McCrindle  
A Demographic Snapshot of Australia now and towards 2020: Implications for Drowning Prevention

To engage with people and connect best with communities, we need to understand the data and the demographics. Population analysis tells a fascinating story of Australia today and reveals clear trend lines which can be used to better shape drowning prevention strategies and communication. In this session, Mark will use the latest demographic data to give a snapshot of the changes, the trends, and the challenges facing drowning prevention across the three Australian Water Safety Strategy priority areas.

Mark McCrindleMark McCrindle, BSc (Psychology), MA, is a social researcher with an international following. He is recognised as a leader in tracking emerging issues and researching social trends. As an award winning social researcher and an engaging public speaker, Mark has appeared across many television networks and other media. He is a best-selling author, an influential thought leader, TEDx speaker and Principal of McCrindle Research. His advisory, communications and research company, McCrindle, count among its clients more than 100 of Australia’s largest companies and leading international brands.

Mark’s highly valued research and reports,presented through infographics, data visualisations, videos, media input, resources, and blogs, have developed his regard as an expert demographer, futurist and social commentator.

Keynote Speaker - Ms Janine Scott, GM Marketing & Communications, beyondblueWhat we know about men.
Men drown at a rate four times that of women. Effectively communicating with men is a challenge for our sector. This session will demonstrate how beyondblue have been successful in communicating with men. 

Janine ScottWithin the last two years beyondblue has launched several major awareness campaigns including ‘Anxiety’ and ‘Man Therapy’ and established highly active social media platforms.

Janine joined at the start of this exciting phase, just as beyondblue was ready to transfer great research into fresh, engaging national campaigns. Prior to beyondblue, Janine was Managing Partner of Jigsaw Strategies, a strategic communications consultancy.

The company advised varied organisations including Metlink, Nestle Peters and IMG on large scale communications challenges, many specifically addressing  behaviour change.

Janine served on two not for profit boards for many years before the penny finally dropped and she realised not for profit is where she belongs; working with other talented people to make a difference to the quality and duration of people’s lives.

Prior to her own business Janine worked for Tourism Victoria and Tourism Tasmania in destination marketing.

Goal 1 - Reduce Drowning Deaths in Children Aged 0-14

This symposium focused on reducing drowning in children, with presentations on:

The Burden of Childhood Drowning: What about those who survive? (Presentation currently unavailable, please contact presenter directly for further details -
Ms Belinda Wallis, PhD Candidate, Injury Prevention, Centre for Children’s Burns & Trauma Research, Queensland Children’s Medical Research Institute, The University of Queensland

Challenges in Pool Fencing Legislation.
Associate Professor Richard Franklin, School of Public Health, Tropical Medicine and Rehabilitation Sciences, James Cook University

Swim & Survive Data – the missing link.
Mr Matt Claridge, Chief Executive, Water Safety New Zealand

Goal 3 – Reduce Drowning Deaths in People Aged 55+

This symposium focused on reducing drowning in people aged over 55 years, with presentations on:

Seniors, retirees, pensioners, grey nomads, ancient or just older than me? Lifestyles, Activities and Risks.
Dr Chris Davis, Specialist Geriatrician, Private Practice

Medications, Drugs, Alcohol and Drowning.
Professor John Pearn, AO RFD, National Medical Advisor, Royal Life Saving Society – Australia

What are the lessons from the healthy ageing sector, and what does this mean for drowning prevention?
Professor Rebecca Ivers, Director - Injury Division & Professor of Public Health, The George Institute for Global Health, University of Sydney 

Goal 4 – Reduce Drowning Deaths in Inland Waterways

This symposium focused on drowning prevention in inland waterways, with presentations on:

The top ten river drowning blackspots. What challenges do they pose for prevention?

Ms Amy Peden, National Manager - Research and Policy, Royal Life Saving Society – Australia

Coronial findings into drowning in rivers, implications for policy.

Dr Bernadette Matthews, Principal Research Associate, Life Saving Victoria

Lessons learned from flood rescue.
Mr Shannon Crofton, NSW State Emergency Service (SES)

Goal 5 - Reduce Surf Beach Drowning Deaths

This symposium focused on reducing drowning on surf beaches, with presentations on:

Understanding the surf zone; how has research into rip currents answered the key questions related to the hazard?
Mr Jak McCarroll, PhD Candidate, University of New South Wales

The total service plan; how are we utilising the evidence to influence policy, inform intervention strategies and achieve our drowning prevention targets?
Ms Sarah Anderson, Public Safety Project Coordinator, Surf Life Saving Australia

Evidence to action; what case studies are making a positive impact and where do we need to improve to achieve a 50% reduction in coastal drownings by 2020?
Mr Anthony Bradstreet, Coastal Risk and Safety Manager, Surf Life Saving Australia

Goal 7 - Reduce Alcohol and Drug Related Drowning Deaths

This symposium on the role of alcohol in drowning prevention, with presentations on:

Alcohol and drug-related drownings: the data challenge.
Dr Eva Saar, Senior Research Officer, National Coronial Information System (NCIS)

A population perspective on preventing drug and alcohol related harm: what works and what lessons can be learnt to prevent drowning?
Associate Professor Carolyn Day, Discipline of Addiction Medicine, University of Sydney and Drug Health Services

Under the Influence: Programs for Prevention.
Ms Lauren Nimmo, Senior Manager, Health Promotion and Research, Royal Life Saving Society WA Inc

Goal 8 - Reduce Drowning Deaths Attributed to Watercraft and Recreational Aquatic Activities

This symposium focused on drowning deaths as a result of watercraft accidents and recreational aquatic  activities, with presentations on:

What can recent research into rock fishing fatalities tell us about strategies for prevention?

Ms Barbara Brighton, Research Coordinator, Surf Life Saving Australia

The development and impact of PFD wear regulations on drowning of recreational boating occupants in Victoria.

Dr. Lyndal Bugeja, Manager, Coroners Prevention Unit, Victoria

Mr. Paul Corkill, Manager, Waterway User Safety, Maritime Safety, Transport Safety Victoria

Boating Safety - are we making a difference?

Mr Neil Patchett, Manager Boating Safety Policy, Maritime Management Centre, Transport for NSW

Goal 9 - Reduce Drowning Deaths in High Risk Populations

This symposium focused on drowning trends and prevention strategies for populations at a high risk of drowning, with presentations on:

Maori and Pacific drowning prevention - Stay Afloat Stay Alive.
Mr Cory Sweeney, Central North Island Area Manager, Water Safety New Zealand

Focused drowning prevention programs for CALD communities- lessons learned.
Ms Melissa Savage, Program & Services Coordinator, The Australian Council for the Teaching of Swimming and Water Safety (AUSTSWIM)

WaterWise Aquatic Education Program
Stacey Gentles, Co-Ordinator Emerton Leisure Centre, Blacktown City Council.

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