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New report launched outlining the state of toddler drowning in Western Australia

RLSWA Report

Do you need current drowning data for upcoming water safety projects in the summer months?

Royal Life Saving Society WA today released A 10 year analysis of drowning in toddlers aged 0-4 years in Western Australia: 2003/4-2012/13at the summer launch of the Keep Watch toddler drowning prevention program.

The report contains useful data around toddler drowning, including that 40 toddlers died as a result of drowning between 2003 and 2013, the highest rate of any age group in WA. There was also a 40% increase in drowning related hospitalisations. The report also includes information about where the greatest risk to children lies, with home swimming pools accounting for 40% of drowning deaths and bathtubs the second most common at 17.5%.

Death and hospitalisation data is available for males and females and Aboriginal children, as well as breakdowns for metropolitan and regional areas and when the drownings take place.

Need to know about the key social, environmental and behavioural determinants of drowning? Access the Know Injury Drowning fact sheet.