Lauren has extensive experience in drowning prevention practice and research, spanning over more than 12 years. She began her water safety career as a beach lifeguard and swimming instructor and is currently employed as the Senior Manager of Health Promotion and Research at the Royal Life Saving Society Western Australia. Lauren is also a member of the Australian Health Promotion Association Board of Directors.
As a keen health promotion practitioner and early career researcher, her work focuses on developing, delivering and evaluating drowning prevention programs to high-risk community groups, undertaking research to better understand drowning risk factors, translating research into practice to improve safety and providing leadership to advocate for water safety and drowning prevention on the public agenda. Her areas of interest include exploring non-fatal drowning trends, working with regional and remote communities to develop local water safety solutions, ensuring equitable access to swimming and water safety programs, establishing safe supervision practices at public swimming pools and improving lifejacket wear rates amongst the boating community. With a strong desire to affect behaviour change and shift social norms relating to water safety, Lauren is committed to reducing the impact that drowning has on the Western Australian community.
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