Spotlight: Make the Right Call Research Project

April 26, 2021

The 2021 Injury Matters Outstanding Achievement in Influencing Injury Policy or Practice Award recognises the important role that initiatives have in influencing individuals, agencies and/or decision makers awareness of injury prevention and recovery support as a priority in WA. 

The winner of this year’s award was the Make the Right Call research project, conducted by the Collaboration for Evidence, Research and Impact in Public Health (CERIPH) at Curtin University and the Royal Life Saving Society of Western Australia.  

David Beattie (Injury Matters), Meg Abercromby (Royal Life Saving WA), Malena Della Bona (Curtin University), and Sandy Lukjanowski (Injury Matters)
David Beattie (Injury Matters), Meg Abercromby (Royal Life Saving WA), Malena Della Bona (Curtin University), and Sandy Lukjanowski (Injury Matters)

The partnership between CERIPH and the Royal Life Saving Society WA is recognised within the global drowning prevention industry and continues to reinforce the value of a strong relationship between researchers and practitioners, in helping to identify real-world problems and improve community-based outcomes. 

The most recent collaboration between CERIPH and Royal Life Saving Society WA, and the one that has earnt them this year’s award, aimed to investigate the issue of drowning amongst older people living in Western Australia and how we can work to prevent drowning among this at-risk group.

This issue was explored using a comprehensive three stage, mixed-methods approach and utilised the findings to inform the development of the new ‘Make the Right Call’ public education campaign for Western Australian’s aged 45 years and over. Additionally, this research collaboration has importantly contributed to the body of evidence around the need to implement targeted activities to prevent fatal and non-fatal drowning incidents around the world. 

It is great to see strong evidence and data influencing progress in drowning prevention practice. Congratulations to the Make the Right Call research team.