September 16, 2014

Supporting children disabled by near drowning or other hypoxic brain injuries

Preventing drowning death and disability through education and awareness

 * Category winner at the 2011 NSW Water Safety Awards *

Why drowning prevention and awareness needs to be a national priority.

In Australia and other developed nations drowning is one of the three leading causes of accidental death in 0-4 year olds. In some jurisdictions drowning is in fact the leading cause of injury related death in this age group. Sadly the death toll from drowning is only part of the picture……….

Every year hundreds of Australian children aged 0-4 are admitted to hospital following a near drowning. Tragically an average of 33 children in this age group will lose their lives and almost one quarter (22.5%) of those admitted to hospital following a non-fatal drowning will suffer a hypoxic brain injury due to lack of oxygen that will result in disabilities for life. There are also other causes of hypoxic brain injuries like choking, smoke inhalation, seizures etc. Many of the children who survive an hypoxic brain injury will need a wide range of equipment, support and services and the Samuel Morris Foundation is here to help provide them.

The Samuel Morris Foundation, established in March 2007, is Australia’s only charity supporting children disabled by near drowning (or other hypoxic brain injuries), supporting their families, and preventing future drowning deaths and disabilities through drowning prevention education and awareness.



The Samuel Morris Foundation is a proud winner of the “Patrons Award for the most significant contribution to water safety with a focus on an under-represented group” at 2008  and 2011 NSW Water Safety Awards

Meet our Patron

Brooke Hanson - Olympic Gold and Silver Medallist

Brooke Hanson – Olympic Gold and Silver Medalist and TV Host

“Probably the greatest irony in me becoming an Olympic swimmer is that I could have drowned before I was two years old. Twice I was plucked from the bottom of the pool by my father and it’s unfortunate to know that thirty years on childhood drownings are as high as ever. Despite all the warnings child drowning continues to be a tragic part of Australian society. I am honoured to be a part of the Samuel Morris Foundation as I was one of the lucky survivors, many children are not as fortunate. It is reassuring to know that the foundation is supporting children disabled by near drowning and is continuing to promote drowning prevention and awareness to reduce future deaths and disability from drowning.”

We acknowledge the ongoing support of these great business donors….

Glass Hardware Australia - Sponsors of the Samuel Morris Foundation


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