Richard Franklin PhD, FPHAA, FARL, MSocSc has worked in Public Health with a focus on the area of Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion since 1996.  He has worked on projects in the areas of general injury prevention, farm safety, rural safety, OHS, health promotion, alcohol and aquatic safety. He has worked on a range of community projects translating evidence into practice aimed at preventing drowning, rural, farm, road, aquatic, child and older people related injuries.

His research interests are wide ranging and have included epidemiological, translational, program evaluation, product evaluation, surveillance and pure research. He was the first National Manager for Research and Health Promotion with the Royal Life Saving Society Australia and through this role with Royal Life Saving appeared numerous times on television and radio talking about drowning and water safety.  Also during this time he developed for the society a new course aimed at older Australians called the Grey Medallion, a course to train home pool inspectors, and programs targeting parents to ensure the safety of their children around aquatic locations. He has published widely on drowning and is a PhD and Master supervisor for those exploring drowning prevention.

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