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 […]

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 […]

Manslaughter charges following toddler drowning.

Kids can drown in inflatable pools too! Drowning Prevention Messages

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 […]

Near Drowning – Good news stories or fuelling public misconception ?


Drowning / Near Drowning a horror start to 2012 Around the country since the start of 2012 children have lost their lives in backyard swimming pools, baths, rivers and dams around the country and there have been numerous near drowning incidents. The NSW Ambulance service alone has reported that they have responded to 54 near […]

An Ad with Impact – time to get a pool fence

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We just wanted to mention this AD with impact……. Children under four are over represented in drowning statistics.. so what better time to bring water safety to the attention of parents that when they are brand new and thinking about how fragile their children are… Midalia steel are manufacturers of pool fencing and their advertising […]

A broken pool gate cost a life

The George Family - A broken gate resulted in the near drowning and subsequent death of their son Kaine

Journalist Barbara Messer contacted the Samuel Morris Foundation looking to write a story on a child drowning.  Karen George showed great courage in being willing to share her story about the tragic events surrounding the near drowning, hospitalisation and subsequent death of her son Kaine. Kaine’s story and that of the George Family appeared in […]

A random act of kindness

Scott Cam

The Samuel Morris Foundation first came into contact with Scott Cam when he and the rest of the amazing cast and crew from Domestic Blitz came into the lives of the Morris family thanks to a generous nomination from within the community for the work that the Foundation does. Scott really is a great man, […]

NSW Ambulance Service – Drowning Responses

NSW Ambulance Service's drowning prevention and awareness campaign

The NSW Ambulance Service has responded to 526 drowning related incidents in the past two years and 55 of them in the last month alone… “One in five drowning incidents involves a child aged under five and we would like to work with the community to decrease these alarming statistics,” an Ambulance spokesman said. “Young […]

Some more recent media…

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Some links to some more recent media including the Samuel Morris Foundation. Calls for tougher pool laws – Penrith Press Family battles to prevent pool tragedies  – Parramatta Sun Pool Safety Warning – Channel Ten News Interview (this interview was one of the ones conducted as part of the Keep Watch 2010 launch, please excuse […]

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