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27 Jan 2015


Water safety for refugees

Water safety information has been translated to Arabic, Dari, Farsi and Tamil.

This is because they are less likely than Australians to have had swimming lessons.

To assist in the reversal of these statistics, Settlement Services International (SSI) has worked together with Royal Life Saving Society Australia (RLSS) to translate the Society’s water safety factsheets into the languages of migrant communities.

The RLSS ‘Water Smart’ factsheets can now be viewed and downloaded in the primary languages of SSI’s refugee and asylum seeker clients – Arabic, Dari, Farsi and Tamil – as well as English, from our publications page.

SSI hopes that these factsheets will help reduce the risk of drowning by emphasising that being around water, even small bodies of water in baths and buckets, can be dangerous. This is especially the case for children in Australia aged one to three, for whom drowning is the leading cause of injury-related death, according to the WHO report.

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*WHO’s first Global report on drowning: preventing a leading killer

Source: 2011 figures, cited in WHO Mortality Database as of 30 April 2014.

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