|Title||Water safety for culturally and linguistically diverse communities: 'Swim for Life' Muslim Aquatic Safety and Recreation|
|Publication Type||Conference Paper|
|Year of Publication||2007|
|Authors||Chellew, C, Jacobs, A, Scarr, JP|
|Conference Name||World Conference on Drowning Prevention|
|Publisher||International Life Saving Federation|
|Conference Location||Porto, Portugal|
Ã‚ÂContext: Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) Communities in Australia have been identified as ‘at-risk’ of drowning. CALD communities are one of the priority areas for action in the Australian National Water Safety Plan 2004 – 2007, and it is therefore important to develop culturally appropriate aquatic safety and recreational programs.
The Australian Muslim community was recorded as being 281,578 people in the ABS Population and Housing Census 2001. This figure will have grown in recent years with high population growth trend (40% on previous five years) and increased arrivals of Muslim refugees from parts of Africa, Central Europe and Asia.
Project: The Muslim Aquatic Recreation Project aims to:
The key concepts of this community development model are:
Discussion: The program has, and continues to establish a successful collaborative community model and generates research that will be used to address water safety, aquatic recreation and employment issues in all CALD communities.
In order to conduct a program with CALD communities, long term goals and strategies combined with flexibility in programs and services is needed – discovering what these communities ‘want’ rather than only providing what we offer.
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