May 14, 2015

Let’s be clear about drowning and non-fatal drowning!

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Today a post appeared in the online version of Woman’s Day referring to a child almost dying in her sleep and referring to a “delayed drowning”… Firstly we must say that we are glad that Harper Svilicic has made a full recovery, and we are grateful for her mothers efforts to raise awareness….   However, it […]

Media Release: NSW Govt decision continues to risk children’s lives


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – 26 February 2015 NSW Government delay to implementation of Pool Safety Regulations for Sale and Lease of property continue to put childrens lives at risk Samuel Morris Foundation Managing Director, Michael Morris, said “Today the NSW Government announced a delay to the implementation of provisions requiring a certificate of compliance for […]

One year on…

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Today, February 22 marks one year since the inspiration for this Foundation, Samuel Benjamin Morris took his last breath and let go of this life. He has inspired not only the work of this foundation, but so much in so many. So today we will continue to celebrate this special little man, and at the […]

What drowning really looks like; A first hand account


Despite research and some good media around previous posts about what drowning really looks like, it is a sad reality that most people simply don’t know. It is easy to talk about what drowning looks like from an observers point of view. However, one journalist recently experienced her own scare while at a public pool with […]

Non-fatal drowning incident serves as a reminder as the weather warms up


  As the weather warms up so too does the rate of fatal and non-fatal drowning. While drowning is a year round concern for young children the warmer months of the year are the peak period as the water becomes more and more attractive to children and family events begin to revolve around back yard […]

How many children?

Royal Life Society of Australia released the National Drowning Report yesterday. The good news is that the report shows a decline in the deaths of children aged 0-4. in 2013/14 twenty Australian children aged 0-4 lost their lives to drowning. The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2008) shows that for every drowning death there […]

NSW its time to register your pool!


  Recent changes to the NSW Swimming Pools Act came into force today, Monday 29 April. Pool Owners Must Register Their Pool As part of the changes all NSW Pool Owners are required to undertake a self certification check, and then register their swimming pool on the NSW Governments Swimming Pool Register Website. There are […]

Play it safe around the water this Easter


Happy Easter… Please play it safe around water! The Samuel Morris Foundation wishes everyone a very happy Easter. The weather has been amazing, and lots of people will be heading off to enjoy the Easter break around pools, beaches, rivers and dams. People will be swimming, diving, kayaking, boating, surfing etc. Unfortunately every year as […]

Manslaughter charges following toddler drowning.

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Media Release: Armidale Pool Owner Charged with Manslaughter after Toddler Drowning Following the tragic death of an Armidale toddler days after a near drowning in May, it has now been reported that the owner of the property on which the pool was located has been charged with manslaughter. It is alleged that the pool at […]

Drowning – Three bathtub deaths in two weeks

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Bathtub drowning deaths contribute to horror start to 2012 A number of recent child drowning deaths have occurred in bathtubs, contributing to the horrific start to 2012. Two deaths in Sydney in two days A nine month old baby died after drowning in a bathtub at Illawong in Sydneys south on Jan 14, followed by […]

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