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Boating

  • Matthews, B. (2007). Boating safety for kids evaluation report (pp. 25). Life Saving Victoria: Melbourne. PDF

Campaign Evaluation

  • Matthews, B., Arch, J., & Shannon, P. (2018). Impact of a multi-sectoral injury prevention initiative: Play It Safe By The Water 1997 – 2017. Poster presented at the 13th World Conference on Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion (Safety 2018), Bangkok, Thailand. PDF
  • Matthews, B. (2016). Play It Safe By The Water: Campaign tracking report 2015/2016. Life Saving Victoria: Melbourne. PDF
  • Matthews, B. (2015). Play It Safe By The Water: Campaign tracking report 2014/2015. Life Saving Victoria: Melbourne. PDF
  • Matthews, B. (2014). Play It Safe By The Water: Campaign tracking report 2013/2014. Life Saving Victoria: Melbourne. PDF
  • Matthews, B. (2013). Play It Safe By The Water: Campaign tracking report 2012/2013. Life Saving Victoria: Melbourne. PDF
  • Matthews, B. (2012). Play It Safe By The Water: Campaign tracking report 2011/2012. Life Saving Victoria: Melbourne. PDF

Drowning Reports

  • All Drowning Reports can be found here.
  • Life Saving Victoria. (2018). Victorian Drowning Report 2017/18. Life Saving Victoria: Melbourne. 
  • Life Saving Victoria. (2017). Victorian Drowning Report 2016/17. Life Saving Victoria: Melbourne. 
  • Life Saving Victoria. (2016). Victorian Drowning Report 2015/16. Life Saving Victoria: Melbourne.
  • Life Saving Victoria. (2015). Victorian Drowning Report 2014/2015. Life Saving Victoria: Melbourne.
  • Life Saving Victoria. (2014). Victorian Drowning Report 2013/2014. Life Saving Victoria: Melbourne.
  • Life Saving Victoria. (2013). Victorian Drowning Report 2012/2013. Life Saving Victoria: Melbourne.
  • Life Saving Victoria. (2012). Victorian Drowning Report 2011/2012. Life Saving Victoria: Melbourne.
  • Life Saving Victoria. (2011). Victorian Drowning Report 2010/2011. Life Saving Victoria: Melbourne.
  • Life Saving Victoria. (2010). Victorian Drowning Report 2009/2010. Life Saving Victoria: Melbourne.
  • Life Saving Victoria. (2009). Victorian Drowning Report 2008/2009. Life Saving Victoria: Melbourne.
  • Life Saving Victoria. (2008). Victorian Drowning Summary 2007/2008. Life Saving Victoria: Melbourne.
  • Life Saving Victoria. (2007). Victorian Drowning Summary 2006/2007. Life Saving Victoria: Melbourne.
  • Life Saving Victoria. (2006). Victorian Drowning Summary 2005/2006. Life Saving Victoria: Melbourne.
  • Life Saving Victoria. (2005). Victorian Drowning Summary 2004/2005. Life Saving Victoria: Melbourne.

Education

  • Life Saving Victoria. (2019). Bush Nippers: An evaluation of the effectiveness of the current Nippers program and the potential for application in a regional (inland and pool) setting. Life Saving Victoria: Melbourne. PDF
  • Aquatic Risk and Research Department. (2018). Virtual reality water safety education through Google Expeditions. Life Saving Victoria: Melbourne. PDF
  • Life Saving Victoria Aquatic Risk and Research Services. (2018). Water Safety and Disaster Resilience Education – Virtual Excursions (A Pilot). Life Saving Victoria: Melbourne, Australia. PDF
  • Strugnell, G. (2017). Discover Open Water – Aquatic Safety Program: Evaluation of a pilot program targeting low socio-economic 6-9 year olds in Greater Melbourne. Life Saving Victoria: Melbourne. PDF
  • Matthews, B. Birch, R., Andronaco, R., and Jayawardena, M. (2016) Surf Life Saving and Sporting Schools: Feasibility Study. Life Saving Victoria, Melbourne. PDF
  • Birch, R., & Jayawardena, M. (2014). CPR and First Aid Blended Training Review. Life Saving Victoria: Melbourne. PDF

Public Swimming Pools

  • Matthews, BL., Franklin, RC. (2018). Examination of a pilot intervention programme to change parent supervision behaviour at Australian public swimming pools. Health Promotion Journal of Australia, 0(0), 1–7. doi:10.1002/hpja. PDF
  • Aquatic Risk and Research Department. (2017). Communication with vulnerable swimmers at public pools: Follow-up study 2017. Life Saving Victoria: Melbourne. PDF
  • Strugnell, G., Birch, R., & Matthews, B. (2016). Communication with vulnerable swimmers at public pools: Pilot Study 1 Report. Life Saving Victoria: Melbourne. PDF
  • Matthews, B. L., Thom, A., & Franklin, R. C. (2008). Injuries in Public Swimming Pools in Victoria: A Pilot Study. International Journal of Aquatic Research & Education, 2(2), 8. doi:10.25035/ijare.02.02.03.

Epidemiology

  • Andronaco, R., Matthews, B. L., Andrew, E., Smith, K. (2018). Examining the geographical variation of discrete and aggregate drowning events using Ambulance Victoria attended cases. Poster presented at the 13th World Conference on Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion (Safety 2018), Bangkok, Thailand. PDF
  • Matthews, B., Andrew, E., Andronaco, R., Cox, S., & Smith, K. (2016). Epidemiology of fatal and non-fatal drowning patients attended by paramedics in Victoria, Australia. International Journal of Injury Control and Safety Promotion, doi:10.1080/17457300.2016.1175479. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/17457300.2016.1175479. 

Inland Waterways

  • Strugnell, G., Nimmo, L., Birch, R., Morgan, D., Ridge, A., & Matthews, B. (2018). Inland waterways drowning prevention project: A 12-month observational study of urban waterway users in two Australian states. Poster presented at the 13th World Conference on Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion (Safety 2018), Bangkok, Thailand. PDF

International

  • Birch, R., Dharmaratne, S. D., Matthews, B., Wijayaratne, S., Nanayakkara, A., & Jayawardena, M. (2018). Review of a national water safety and drowning prevention model three years on: A Sri Lankan case study. Poster presented at the 13th World Conference on Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion (Safety 2018), Bangkok, Thailand. PDF
  • Royal Life Saving Bahrain. (2017). Water Safety Strategy. Royal Life Saving Bahrain: Kingdom of Bahrain. PDF
  • Matthews, B., Birch, R., Jayawardena, M., Mathew, D., Nanayakkara, A., Wijayaratne, S., & Dharmaratne, S. D. (2016). A cross country analysis of drowning in Sri Lanka: 2001 to 2006 and 2009. Poster presented at the 12th World Conference on Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion (Safety 2016), Tampere, Finland. PDF
  • Matthews, B., Birch, R., Jayawardena, M., Mathew, D., Nanayakkara, A., Wijayaratne, S., & Dharmaratne, S. D. (2016). The burden of drowning in Sri Lanka: 2001 to 2006 and 2009. Poster presented at the 12th World Conference on Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion (Safety 2016), Tampere, Finland.
  • Jayawardena, M., Wijayaratne, S., Matthews, B., Birch, R., & Nanayakkara, A. (2015). Sri Lanka Life Saving National Water Safety Plan. PDF
  • Life Saving Association of Sri Lanka. (2014). Drowning Prevention Report Sri Lanka. Life Saving Association of Sri Lanka: Sri Lanka.

Multicultural

  • Life Saving Victoria. (2013). Multicultural Water Safety Projects: Evaluation Report 2012/2013. Life Saving Victoria: Melbourne. PDF
  • Life Saving Victoria. (2012). VicHealth – State Sporting Association Participation Program: Evaluation Report Year 1. Life Saving Victoria: Melbourne.  
  • Matthews, B., & Grace, S. (2012). Drowning prevention in culturally and linguistically diverse communities. Injury Prevention, 18(Suppl. 1), A135-A136. doi:10.1136/injuryprev-2012-040590h.14 

Older Adults

  • Birch, R., Strugnell, G., & Matthews, B. (2017). Evaluation of the Open Water Grey Medallion program: A beach safety education program for older adults. Oral presentation at the 13th Australasian Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion Conference (Safety 2017), Ballarat, Australia. PDF
  • Birch, R., & Matthews, B. (2014). Helping Older Adults to Become Everyday Lifesavers: A social inclusion and health project for over 60’s. Life Saving Victoria: Melbourne. PDF

Signage

  • Matthews, B., Andronaco, R., & Adams, A. (2014). Warning signs at beaches: Do they work? Safety Science, 62, 312-318. doi: 10.1016/j.ssci.2013.09.003
  • Matthews, B. (2013) Water Quality Forecast Signage Project Evaluation (pp.27), Life Saving Victoria, Melbourne. PDF
  • Andronaco, R., Matthews, B., & Arrowsmith, C. (2012). Drowning risk assessment and communication using spatial analysis. Injury Prevention, 18(Suppl 1), A70. doi: 10.1136/injuryprev-2012-040580f.29
  • Andronaco, R., Matthews, B., Grace, S., Adams, A., & Arrowsmith, C. (2012). Aquatic safety signage recognition and comprehension. Injury Prevention, 18(Suppl 1), A136. doi: 10.1136/injuryprev-2012-040590h.15

Water Competency

  • Birch, R. and Matthews, B. (2013) Sink or swim: The state of Victorian primary school children’s swimming ability, Life Saving Victoria, Melbourne.
  • Life Saving Victoria. (2012). VicHealth – State Sporting Association Participation Program: Evaluation Report Year 1. Melbourne, , Life Saving Victoria, Melbourne.

Volunteers

  • Birch, R., Juric, L. and Matthews, B. (2015). Exploring Gender Equality in Volunteer Leadership Roles within Life Saving Victoria. (pp.18), Life Saving Victoria, Melbourne.

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