|Title||Understanding older persons water safety needs - research and development|
|Publication Type||Conference Paper|
|Year of Publication||2007|
|Authors||Associate Professor Franklin, RC, Mathieu, E|
|Conference Name||World Conference on Drowning Prevention|
|Publisher||International Life Saving Federation|
|Conference Location||Porto, Portugal|
The Royal Life Saving Society Australia, Sydney
Very little research in Australia or world wide has been undertaken to understand the issues facing older people's water safety, drowning prevention and lifesaving needs. In Australia approximately 60 people aged 55 years and older drown each year, with the aging of the Australian population this figure is estimated to rise by 40% through population growth alone.
Thanks to funding from the Australian Government Department of Health and Aging the Royal Life Saving Society Australia examined: factors that contribute to drowning of older Australians; factors that contribute to drowning prevention of older Australians; current literature on research into drowning and near drowning of older Australians; current levels of aquatic knowledge, skills and activity of older Australians; and the views and opinions of Older Australians about water safety.
A range of methods were used to triangulate the information required to understand the complex issues of drowning prevention in Older Australians. The methods used included: focus groups; an Australia wide telephone survey; and examination of the National Coroners Information System (NCIS) and ABS deaths data about the circumstances surrounding the drowning deaths of older Australians. This paper explores the findings of the research, its implication for drowning prevention of older Australians and possible future directions in lifesaving research.
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