News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search

 


Delving deeper - Information from Water Safety NZ

Welcome to Delving deeper, Water Safety New Zealand’s new information and statistics newsletter. Research and information is a core part of creating and continuing efficient sector strategy into what is the third highest cause of accidental death New Zealand. We aim to produce this newsletter quarterly, and hope you find the information included valuable. Please pass it on to others whom you think might find it informative.

You have been sent this newsletter as you have been a subscriber to our WaterWise enewsletter. If you are not interested in receiving this, you are able to unsubscribe below.

Drowning fatalities - as at 25 November 2013

Information Review Group

The water safety sector’s Information Review Group (IRG) met 9 September 2013. The IRG’s primary aim is to:
• Identify, prioritise and address gaps in current data sources and build the current collection of data for the sector’s knowledge base;
• Review DrownBase information making appropriate recommendations on projects and interventions for the sector.
Over the coming months WSNZ will be contacting key organisations on behalf of the IRG to establish a combined sector knowledge repository, sector outcome measures, revise the current Drowning Report and work on enhanced mechanisms to distribute data to the sector. Should you want further detail please contact Alexander Brunt, General Manager on alex@watersafety.org.nz.

Doctoral scholarship

Water Safety New Zealand (WSNZ) is offering a 3-year PhD scholarship ($25,000 p.a. + negotiable costs) at the University of Otago. The candidate will conduct research that will support the Research Strategy of WSNZ. Applications have now closed and there will be an announcement made shortly.

More information on the PhD scholarship


Recreational boating drowning fatalities

WSNZ has been looking into the issue of lifejackets in recreational boating to find out what focus can be taken to produce the greatest value in saving lives and minimising injuries.

Under current rules, boats must carry enough appropriate lifejackets for the number of people on board. In addition, local councils may have their own bylaws expanding on this rule. For example, in Queenstown, everyone on board a craft smaller than 6m in length must wear a properly secured lifejacket at all times. Many local councils have less than 6m in length as the limit for mandatory lifejacket usage – is this the size that best incorporates the majority of drowning deaths?

Using DrownBase™ data, WSNZ completed an analysis of all recreational boating drowning fatalities for the 20 year period 01/01/1993 to 31/12/2012. For each fatality, the analysis identified gender ethnicity, age group, environment (e.g. river, lake beach, tidal waters, offshore), region, craft size/type and, where possible, whether other conditions (e.g. weather, alcohol or drug consumption) were a possible contributing factor.

A diagram of the summary of research and analysis can be found here – the majority factor in each category is highlighted in red. In the 400 recreational boating fatal drownings over the 20 year period that was analysed, 265 (66%) of the drowning deaths occurred in craft that were less than 4m in length; either non-powered (kayaks, rafts, etc) or powered. In 76% of these cases, a life jacket was not worn.

From this research and analysis, WSNZ has created a discussion paper on the subject of lifejackets that it is currently taking to relevant organisations in the sector. The discussion points are:
• Continue focus on skipper responsibility and education, particularly targeting:
1. NZ European males aged between 15-34 needing to wear lifejackets in craft less than 4m in length offshore and in tidal waters in the northern half of the North Island;
2. Ability to communicate distress following an immersion-type accident;
3. Weather and sea conditions;
4. Fitted level flotation for craft smaller than 4m;
5. Alcohol consumption.
• Advocate for legislation for mandatory wearing of lifejackets for craft smaller than 4m when underway.
• Advocate for industry support for fitted level flotation for craft smaller than 4m.
• Sign the Muskoka Accord (International principles for the wearing of lifejackets on recreational craft).

Next issue

Please let us know if there are any particular statistics you would like to see in this newsletter. Suggestions can be made to: wsnz@watersafety.org.nz.


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Christchurch: Fixing Town Hall Means Performing Arts Precinct Rethink

Christchurch City Council’s decision to spend $127.5 million fixing the Town Hall means not all the land currently designated for the city’s Performing Arts Precinct is required, Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee says. More>>

ALSO:

With Hunters & Collectors: The Rolling Stones Announce New Auckland Date

It’s the news New Zealand has been waiting for. The Rolling Stones today confirmed the rescheduled dates and venues for both the Australian and New Zealand legs of their highly anticipated ’14 On Fire’ tour. Now, Frontier Touring is also delighted ... More>>

ALSO:

Flying Things: Conchords, Pretties Help BATS Fly Home

The launch of BATS theatre’s fundraising campaign has taken off – with a bit of help from their friends. And with friends like theirs… An event last night hosted by Te Radar at Wellington’s latest waterfront venue, Shed 6, featured Fly My Pretties and, in a dream-come-true scenario, Flight of the Conchords. More>>

ALSO:

Environment: Zoo’s Own Wētā Workshop Produces Rare Giants For Release

Following unprecedented breeding and rearing success, Auckland Zoo is today releasing 150 of New Zealand’s largest giant wētā, the wētā punga, onto pest-free Motuora Island in the Hauraki Gulf. A further 150 will be released onto Tiritiri Matangi next month. More>>

Girls On Film: Divergent Hits The Big Screen

n January, Catching Fire (the second film in the Hunger Games series) not only became the biggest US box office success of 2013 : it also became the first film starring a female actor (ie. Jennifer Lawrence) to top the annual domestic earnings chart since The Exorcist, 40 years ago. More>>

ALSO:

Wellington.Scoop: No Travel Sanctions For Russian Billionaire’s Superyacht

On the same day that New Zealand announced travel sanctions against selected Russians, a Russian billionaire’s superyacht berthed in Wellington Harbour. More>>

ALSO:

Mental Health: UC Researchers Believe Robots Can Persuade People To Conform

A team of University of Canterbury (UC) researchers and scientists believe robots can persuade people to conform through group pressure... ``Our results showed that robots can induce conformity but to a significantly lesser degree than humans." More>>

NZ On Air: Local Content Holds Steady At 32% Of Television Schedules

Since 1989 NZ On Air has measured local free-to-air television content. The report compares the schedules of the six national free-to-air channels, to observe trends and changes in the local content landscape. More>>

Arts Fest: 2014 New Zealand Festival A Spectacular Celebration

The New Zealand Festival welcomed the world to Wellington over 24 days (21 Feb – 16 Mar) of arts events across the city. “[current figures show] slight increase on the 110,000 tickets issued in 2012. It’s a great result.” More>>

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Health
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news