The Victorian Water Safety Strategy 2016-2020 has been developed by key aquatic industry stakeholders, in consultation with related government departments to provide an overarching approach to drowning prevention and water safety in Victoria.
The aspirational aim for the Victorian Water Safety Strategy is to further strengthen and sustain Victoria’s position as the leading state in water safety, program delivery and drowning prevention, with the ultimate goal of reducing fatal and non-fatal drowning and water-related injuries.
In 2014, the World Health Organisation released the first Global Report on Drowning, which called for countries to develop national water safety plans.
The Australian Water Safety Council delivered their updated version for 2016-2020 earlier in the year. The Australian Water Safety Strategy maintains a focus on three key priority areas to achieve drowning reduction:
- Taking a life stages approach;
- Targeting high-risk locations; and
- Focusing on key drowning challenges.
The Victorian Water Safety Strategy maintains these key priority areas, while more specifically highlighting the priorities from a Victorian perspective, including:
- Children aged 0-4 years,
- Adults aged 65 years and over, and
- Coastal drowning incidents.
The Victorian Water Safety Strategy focuses on a collaborative approach to reducing drowning and aquatic injury by developing community resilience.
The overarching framework for developing community resilience is aligned to the Community Engagement Model for Emergency Management, encompassing the five engagement approaches of information, participation, consultation, collaboration and empowerment.
View the report on LSV’s website at: http://lsv.com.au/wp-content/uploads/LSVIC_WSS2016_V2.pdf