Lifestages and Population

This theme encompasses research, policy and programs addressing life course and population-based approaches to drowning prevention, including papers that:

  • Address drowning prevention by or in partnership with First Nation groups and populations including those focused on health, social and economic co-benefits.
  • Address migrant and refugee populations including drowning risk during transit and at settlement, including positive approaches to build community capacity, employment, and love of water.
  • Address key life stages including children, adolescents, men, and the elderly including innovative approaches and interventions.
  • Address disparities in drowning risk or burden among racial, ethnic and/or cultural populations within a nation, region, or community, including interventions focused on equity, justice or historically excluded populations.
  • Address drowning prevention prioritising people living, working and recreating with a disability.


The WCDP committee have released the Coastal Safety accepted papers, take a look below. More papers to follow. 

Disclaimer: papers were correct at the time of publishing. Please note, circumstances may change beyond the control of the organisers, which may necessitate substitutions or alterations to the conference program.

Presenting Title of submission Decision
Amy Peden Adolescent drowning prevention: An underexplored issue of global importance Oral
William Ramos Lay rescuer equipment preferences and efficacy during a simulated drowning event Oral
Pamela Simon Inclusive Beaches – a beach environment for all abilities Oral
Eric Shendelman The No Push Movement™ – The development of an Ambassador program that helps to create a culture of safety and awareness in and around water by encouraging individuals to never push others into water. Oral
Justine Leavy Alcohol advertising around waterways: a pilot project to capture adverts on the beach Oral
Harry Aonga Water competence programmes for Asian ethnicities in Tamaki Makaurau, Auckland Oral
Teresa Stanley Assisting adults to understand actual water competence Oral
Lynley Stewart Parents as First Teachers Preventing Drowning Oral
Beata Kiss ‘Diving into CALD water’: Learnings for swimming and water safety delivery for newly arrived Australians Oral
Gemma Crawford Make the Right Call: designing and delivering evidence-informed adult drowning prevention campaigns for older adults. Oral
María Rodríguez Martínez Analysis of deaths by drowning during migration movements in Europe Oral
María Rodríguez Martínez Specific actions for population groups vulnerable to drowning Poster
Isabel García Sanz Social awareness campaign on migrant population drowning Oral
Murray Drummond Care for the carers: Understanding the mental health awareness within Australian lifesavers and lifeguards. Oral
Jamie Findlay Holidays – who is really at risk on the coast on public and school holidays? Poster
Belinda Cooper Kangaroo Beach – An interactive approach with international reach for engaging younger children in water safety education Oral
Brad Low Embracing Diversity: Providing Training for Indigenous and CALD Communities Oral
Blanche Marchant School Leavers celebrations in Western Australia – a captive audience for youth water safety and drowning prevention strategies. Oral
Grace Strugnell Exploring adolescents’ risk taking knowledge, attitudes and behaviours through pre-post evaluation of an open water education program on the Mornington Peninsula, Australia. Oral
Danielle Taylor The effect of rural and remote residence on drowning rates: A review of the literature Poster
Stacey Willcox-Pidgeon Beyond the numbers: water safety knowledge, attitudes and participation of migrant adults to determine their drowning risk Oral
Katrien Pickles Drowning among children 5-14 years: Risk factors for children in varying stages of development Poster
Lauren Miller Swimming out of your depth: Tourist drowning in Australia from 2008 to 2018 Oral
Emily Gleeson Designing Sustainable Prevention Interventions for Rural and Remote Queensland: A Local Government Approach – Does the Benchmark Data Reflect the Epidemiology Poster
Monique Sharp Make the Right Call: A campaign to prevent drowning in inland waterways among young men aged 25 to 45 years in Australia. Oral
Bobby Porykali Decolonising translational research to enhance water safety for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities: A partnership process between Guunu-maana (Heal), Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Program and Royal Life Saving Society – Australia. Oral
Danielle Taylor Understanding the interconnecting factors involved with rural and remote drowning prevention Oral
Wontae Lee A Study on the Successful Method and Response of Drowning Prevention in Korea Oral
Rabbya Ashrafi The effect of early childhood development (ECD) training in the drowning prevention project Oral