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The World Conference on Drowning Prevention 2011 was made possible by the support of many committees.

Organising Committee

Justin Scarr (Convenor) 
Chief Operating Officer, Royal Life Saving Society - Australia; Development Coordinator, ILS Asia-Pacific (Contact:

Monique Sharp (Conference Secretariat/Organiser)
National Manager - Marketing and Events, Royal Life Saving Society - Australia  (Contact:  

Amy Peden (Scholarships and Interactive Tours Coordinator) 
Senior Project Officer, Royal Life Saving Society - Australia

Dr Michael Linnan (Adviser)
Technical Director, The Alliance for Safe Children (Danang)  

Ross Cox (Danang Regional Coordinator)
Senior Operations Officer, The Alliance for Safe Children (Danang)

Norm Farmer (ILS Conference Liaison) 
General Manager Strategic Development, Surf Life Saving Australia  

Vietnam Local Organising Committee

Mr Nguyen Trong An
Deputy Director, Child Care and Protection Department, Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MoLISA)

Mr Jonathon Passmore
Team Leader, Non-Communicable Disease & Health Promotion, WHO Viet Nam

Mr Nguyen Phuong Nam
Project Officer, Non-Communicable Disease & Health Promotion, WHO Viet Nam

Ms Nguyen Thi Thanh An
Child Injury Prevention Specialist, Child Survival and Development Programme, UNICEF Viet Nam

Event Conference Team - Royal Life Saving Society - Australia (RLSSA) and The Alliance for Safe Children

  • Do Thi My Hoa (Local Support and Logistics)
  • Dr Richard Franklin PhD (AV and presenters support)
  • Matt Griffiths (AV and presenters support)
  • Rhonda Groneman (Finance)
  • Helen Khoudair (Event Support)
  • Penny Larsen (Tradeshow and Event Support)
  • Emma MacMillan (Event Support)
  • Nguyen Dang Thuy Loan (Local Support and Logistics)
  • Sam Rodgers (Event Support)
  • Tarina Rubin (Interactive Tour Support and Logistics)
  • Matthew Smeal (Media and Communications)
  • Tran Quang Son (Local Support and Logistics)


Scientific Program Development

The Scientific Program was developed after two calls for abstracts, an extensive review process by the Thematic Review Committees from across the conference disciplines, with targeted promotion to identify key papers and speakers. Following the evaluation of abstracts and prioritisation of key areas, a draft program was developed  and circulated to a Program Reference Group.

The program was then finessed by the Conference Convener Justin Scarr with support of the organising committee. Specifically, abstracts were edited for this publication by Matthew Smeal, Monique Sharp and Helen Khoudair. Monique Sharp provided speaker support throughout the submission and review process.

 A special thanks goes to the following Program Reference Group members who assisted with the finalisation of the conference program.

  • Elizabeth Bennett, Director, Advocacy and Partnerships, Seattle Children’s Hospital
  • Dr Joost Bierens, Member ILS Medical and Aquatic Disasters Committees, Reddingsbrigades Nederland
  • Norm Farmer, General Manager, Strategic Development, Surf Life Saving Australia
  • Dr Richard Franklin PhD, National Manager Research and Health Promotion, Royal Life Saving Society – Australia
  • Peter George, Chief Operating Officer, Surf Life Saving Australia
  • Anthony Handley, Chief Medical Adviser, Royal Life Saving Society UK
  • Dr Michael Linnan, Technical Director, The Alliance for Safe Children
  • Dr Kevin Moran, Principal Lecturer, University of Auckland
  • Martin O’Sullivan, Chair ILS Rescue Cttee - Member ILS Lifesaving Commission, Irish Water Safety
  • Dr Linda Quan, University of Washington School of Medicine
  • Dr AKM Fazlur Rahman, Centre for Injury Prevention and Research Bangladesh
  • Dr Aminur Rahman, Technical Director, Centre For Injury Prevention and Research, Bangladesh (CIPRB)
  • Dr Robert Stallman, Norw. LS Soc/Nor Sch SS
  • Dr David Szpilman, Sobrasa
  • Richard Ming Kirk Tan, President, Singapore Life Saving Society

Thematic Review Committees

Thematic review committees were convened to review abstracts in each of the program areas. These committees included representatives of related ILS committees, as well as other experts from each field. The abstract review process was facilitated via an online management system which enabled broad participation in the review process.

  • Drowning Research
  • Child Drowning
  • Emergency Response and Medical Issues
  • Advances in Lifesaving
  • Swimming and Water Safety
  • Disasters and Climate Change
  • Regional Perspectives
  • Lifesaving Sport
  • Partnerships and Programs

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Conference Ambassador

 Mr. Allaster Cox
Australian Ambassador to Vietnam

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