The Kimberley Water Safety Forum 2020 will bring together stakeholders to discuss local water safety issues and find solutions to build community resilience and reduce drowning in the region. 

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Kimberley Water Safety Forum 2020

DID YOU KNOW…that over the past decade, the Kimberley region has recorded the highest drowning rate of any other region in Western Australia costing on average, $11.5 million to the broader community each year.

Think that there is more that can be done to prevent drowning in your community? Then don't miss your opportunity to be part of the solution. Have your say as we work together to create more resilient communities and develop local strategies to prevent drowning in your community. The Kimberley Water Safety Forum will be a chance to connect and network with local, like-minded community members and professionals, while working towards the common goal of reducing the impact of drowning in the Kimberley community. You will also have the opportunity to hear from some great speakers and learn more about trends in drowning within your community, current challenges facing the Kimberley region and develop your skills in strategic planning.

So JOIN US as we work towards connecting communities to create safer people, places and aquatic pursuits in the Kimberley region to reduce the impact of drowning.

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Who should attend

The Kimberley is unique and therefore requires the development of local solutions for local issues. The Kimberley Water Safety Forum is a community driven event looking to bring together like-minded community members and professionals with an interest in water safety, drowning prevention and community engagement to discuss local issues affecting the community. People working in the following sectors have been identified as having valuable insight and experiences that can contribute towards reducing drowning in the region:

Sport, recreation and education professionals

Aquatic facility managers, supervisors and swim school coordinators
Marine rescue and emergency service professionals
Local government staff including directors, managers, community development and recreation services
Health promotion and injury prevention professionals
Corporate business and community retailers
Community groups with an interest in water safety and drowning prevention
Aboriginal community leaders, medical services and corporations

So JOIN US as we work towards connecting communities to create safer people, places and aquatic pursuits in the Kimberley region to reduce the impact of drowning.

 
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Event program

The Forum will be an interactive event with high quality speakers and a series of workshops to generate discussion and opportunities for collaboration. Participants will hear about drowning trends, key issues and challenges affecting the Kimberley region and effective approaches for prevention and will take away with them the skills to actively contribute towards creating resilience and reducing drowning within the region. Discussions from the forum will be used to develop of a localised Kimberley Water Safety Plan which will inform future drowning prevention initiatives throughout the region.

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Speaker profiles

The Forum will be an interactive event with high quality speakers and a series of workshops to generate discussion and opportunities for collaboration. Participants will hear about drowning trends, key issues and challenges affecting the Kimberley region and effective approaches for prevention and will take away with them the skills to actively contribute towards creating resilience and reducing drowning within the region. Discussions from the forum will be used to develop of a localised Kimberley Water Safety Plan which will inform future drowning prevention initiatives throughout the region.

Justin Scarr

CEO, Royal Life Saving Society - Australia

Chair, Australian Water Safety Council

Convenor, International Life Saving World Conference on Drowning Prevention (2011, Danang; 2015, Penang; 2017, Vancouver; 2019, Durban)

Justin has been a leading advocate in the development of drowning prevention across the Asia-Pacific for over 15 years. He has been the technical advisor to the SwimSafe Drowning Prevention Initiatives in Bangladesh, Thailand and Vietnam. These initiatives have been instrumental in building an evidence base for the drowning prevention impacts of teaching basic survival swimming programs to primary school children in developing countries. Justin advocates a focus on the global issues of drowning prevention, and has contributed to World Health Organisation Global Report on Drowning, Implementation guide and other development activities. In Australia, Justin leads a range of drowning prevention initiatives in Australia, including leading the development of the Australian Water Safety Strategy 2020, facilitating national agendas on range of drowning prevention issues including swimming and water safety education, non-fatal drowning and drowning in migrants.

Dr Justine Leavy

Director, Australian Health Promotion Association

Senior Lecturer (Health Promotion), Curtin University

Researcher, Collaboration for Evidence, Research and Impact in Public Health

Justine worked as a Dental Therapist in private practice dentistry in rural and metropolitan Western Australia for over 12 years before commencing an academic career at the University of Western Australia in 2001. Her current role at Curtin is as Senior Lecturer in Health Promotion, and a Teaching a Research Fellow with the Collaboration for Evidence, Research and Impact in Public Health. She focuses on evaluation of health promotion interventions; health related mass media campaigns and their design and evaluation; sedentary time and reducing prolonged sitting in the work place; with an emphasis on translational research. Her health promotion interests are physical activity promotion, drowning prevention and oral health promotion. Her PhD project was an evaluation of a Western Australian population based mass media campaign to promote physical activity. She has more recently focused on water safety and drowning prevention research and working with industry and communities to translate research findings into practice.

Lauren Nimmo

Senior Manager Health Promotion and Research, Royal Life Saving Society WA

Lauren has worked in the health promotion and research sector since 2005 in injury prevention with a focus on water safety and drowning prevention. In her current role as the Senior Manager, Health Promotion and Research at the Royal Life Saving Society WA, Lauren has led a range of research projects in the field of water safety and drowning prevention including epidemiology of drowning in Western Australia, qualitative analysis of benefits of having swimming pools in remote Aboriginal communities, product safety reviews, home pool barrier safety and compliance trends and observational research to determine usage patterns of waterways. Lauren also works closely with tertiary and research institutions to undertake research and evaluation programs to improve program delivery and contribute towards a better understanding of the emerging field of drowning prevention.

 

For more information

For more information on the Kimberley Water Safety Forum Contact:

Lauren Nimmo

Senior Manager, Health Promotion and Research

Royal Life Saving WA

P: 9383 8201

E: lnimmo@royallifesavingwa.com.au

 

Glenn Taylor Kimberley

Development Officer

Royal Life Saving WA

P: 0407 289 238

E: gtaylor@royallifesavingwa.com.au