Royal Life Saving is the peak water safety body in Australia with the aim to prevent drowning deaths and incidents.
The media plays an important role in helping Royal Life Saving educate the community on staying safe whenever they are in, on or around water. Drowning deaths occur all year round in a variety of water sources including swimming pools, bathtubs, dams, lakes, rivers, beaches and fish ponds so information on water safety is always relevant no matter what the season or location.
For any media (MEDIA ONLY) - If you have any media requests of Royal Life Saving, call Ross Woodward of Media Key on 0409 420 112 or 03 9769 6488. Please note this is NOT for the general public but media only. Thanks!
Royal Life Saving can comment on a range of drowning and near-drowning incidents, including those that occur in backyard pools and all inland waterways, as well as "recreational" drowning incidents such as those that occur while the person is boating or rock fishing.
State and Territory Contacts
Each State and Territory member organisation has a representative who is available for local comment (as per the contact details listed below). Please note you may need to contact Ross Woodward to liaise with Branch contacts after hours.
Australia Capital Territory
Cherry O'Connor, Executive Director - Telephone 02 6260 5800 / Email firstname.lastname@example.org
New South Wales
Telephone 02 9634 3700
Floss Roberts, Executive Director - Telephone 08 8981 5036 / Email email@example.com
Michael Darben, Executive Director - Telephone 07 3823 2823 / Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Telephone 08 8234 9244
Telephone 03 6243 7558
Yvette Gray, Manager Media and Communications - Mobile 0417 018 772 / 0411 193 962 / Email email@example.com
Greg Tate, General Manager, Community Relations - Telephone 08 9383 9988 / Mobile 0408 929 639 / Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Lauren Nimmo Telephone, Community Health Manager - Telephone 08 9383 9988 / Mobile 0421 307 600 / Email email@example.com
Social Media and RSS News Updates
Keep updated on water safety and drowning prevention activities by following us on:
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/RoyalLifeSaving - (link us into a post @RoyalLifeSaving)
- Twitter www.twitter.com/royallifesaving (reference the Royal Life Saving @Royallifesaving)
- YouTube: www.youtube.com/RoyalLifeSavingAust (watch our extensive online video library)
- Instagram: www.instagram.com/royallifesaving (tag us via @royallifesaving)
- RSS Feeds: http://www.royallifesaving.com.au/rss-news-feed (Subscribe to our RSS News Feed)
Detailed information and statistics on drowning incidents in Australia.
Every year, Royal Life Saving produces a National Drowning Report. This report examines the factors that contribute to drowning deaths in Australia by examining who, where, when and how people have drowned in Australian waterways over the last year.
Royal Life Saving has produced a National Drowning Report every year since 1995.
For journalist's needing background information quickly, we have a range of fact sheets available on different water safety topics.
Each fact sheet is designed to provide answers to commonly asked questions, a checklist to help prevent drowning in the topic area and real life examples of the issues discussed.
View the latest news items and media releases from Royal Life Saving.
Community Service Announcements
View Royal Life Saving’s important community service announcements aimed at generating greater awareness for water safety and drowning prevention.
On average 35 Australian children under the age of five drown every year. Royal Life Saving is reminding every home pool owner to check, fix and maintain their home pool this summer to help eliminate child drowning.
People over 55 are at an increased risk of Drowning. To combat this, Royal Life Saving Society - Australia has launched "The Talk" campaign. This campaign encourages people to talk to their parents and grandparents about how to reduce their risk of drowning through some simple safety measures.
Respect the River
Between 2002 and 2012, 735 people drowned in Australian rivers, creeks and streams, making rivers the leading location for drowning in Australia. Royal Life Saving has developed the Respect the River campaign to raise awareness of the risks of our rivers in the hope of saving lives. Please share and spread the Respect the Rivers message!!