What is it about?
Drowning is a complex public health issue caused by a range of factors such as what we do in, on, and around beaches and rivers individual characteristics including swimming skills, personality traits and risk-taking, and who we swim with, i.e. our influences. We were interested in individual and socio-cultural factors alcohol use, resisting peer influence, sensation seeking, and perceived risk among young people aged 15 – 24 in Western Australia. The relationship of these factors and their influence on behaviour in and around water are explored.
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Why is it important?
In Australia, drowning deaths among young people aged 15 -24, increased by 21% in 2020/2021. While we know drowning deaths are preventable, having a better understanding of the factors unique to young people that may lead to drowning is important for developing appropriate messages and strategies for water safety and prevention programs.
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This page is a summary of: Drinking and swimming around waterways: The role of alcohol, sensation-seeking, peer influence and risk in young people, PLoS ONE, November 2022, PLOS,
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National Drowning Report 2023
Every year, Royal Life Saving produces a National Drowning Report. This report examines the factors that contribute to drowning deaths in Australia by examining who, where, when and how people have drowned in Australian waterways over the last year. Royal Life Saving has produced a National Drowning Report every year since 1995.
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