Meeting the Challenge of Increasing Coastal Populations

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  • Location: Noosa, Not Assigned 0000 Queensland

Noosa will be one of the safest areas in Australia for three days from next Thursday (April 29th) when many of Australia's finest career Council Professional Ocean Lifeguards come together for their three day annual conference with the theme :  Meeting the Challenge of Increasing Coastal Populations.

Current National President of the Australian Professional Ocean Lifeguard Association (APOLA) Clive Sharp reports each National Conference provides opportunities for leading professionals from the major coastal areas to come together and develop best practice in beach management, rescue and emergency care.

"Past conferences have given rise to the implementation of medical advances including defibrillation, the use of analgesic gases for pain management and advanced spinal trauma management.  Improved procedures for using key rescue equipment such lifeguard power craft (jetski with rescue sled) as well as evaluating other equipment such as radio systems, 4WD cars and quad bikes are also regular agenda items," he said.

Representatives will come from New South Wales (including Sydney and Newcastle) and across South-east Queensland including the Gold Coast. 

Noosa Council Senior Lifeguard Supervisor and Conference Coordinator Clint Irwin welcomed the opportunity to host the conference, commenting "visiting professional ocean lifeguards will be well and truly welcomed to Noosa for an annual conference experience that promises professionals an opportunity to hone their skills and share best practice strategies which, of course, result in better beach management and safer situations for those using our Aussie beaches year in and year out."

Topics to be addressed, in the context of the ongoing population shift to the coast and the challenges ahead in providing quality service, will include innovations for best practice in beach management, effective use of water safety signage, partnerships in monitoring water quality, using new technologies for in establishing effective storm warning systems, community education, lifeguard training, risk and emergency management and public education for beach, fishing, diving and other coastal aquatic activity. 

Up to 10 workshops will give participants an opportunity to network, exchange ideas and test innovative techniques that contribute to improving the already high standards set by professional lifeguard services Australia-wide.

"The annual conference is well supported each year and Noosa is one location that both New South Wales and inter-State professional lifeguards are looking forward to visiting," said Mr Sharp.  "Not only does the conference provide career professionals with an ongoing opportunity to discuss improvements for water safety in and around beaches, it also provides a time for recognising professional lifeguard contributions through meritorious and service excellence in their lifeguard work at the annual awards dinner to be held on Friday evening of day two of the conference." 

The opening day Thursday programme will include practical skills assessment at Sunshine Beach.  On day two, Friday, most activities will be indoors at the Bicentennial Annex at Sunshine Beach.   On day three, Saturday, the conference will end with the Annual National Lifeguard Championships held at the renowned surfing location of Peregian Beach. 

Saturday Championship events will include rescue based style events such as the lifeguard mission and  rescue teams race.  

During the conference Noosa, Maroochy and Caloundra Councils will continue their regular rostered beach services.

Media Photos/Interviews :
Thursday 29 April 2004 : 11 am to 12 noon, Sunshine Beach
Friday 30 April 2004 : 11 am to 2 pm Bicentennial Annex, Bicentennial Drive, Sunshine Beach

APOLA Media contact: Terry McDermott  0414 972 111 or Ian Vaughan 0403 502 745.
Australian Professional Ocean Lifeguard Association Inc. (APOLA)
ABN 40 537 467 685
PO Box 3512
Ph 02 4385 5267
Mobile 0408 855 267

Background :
Australian Professional Ocean Lifeguard Association Incorporated. (APOLA Inc.)

APOLA Inc is a non-profit professional association that is recognised as the peak professional association for Australian professional beach inspector ocean lifeguards. It promotes best practice in ocean water safety and beach management and coordinates professional ocean lifeguard activity in the areas of lifeguard training, community education, tourism support, public relations, regulation and risk management in consultation with Councils and their professional lifeguard services staff. APOLA membership is predominantly full-time career professional beach inspector ocean lifeguards who are employed by Coastal Councils.  Typically Council professional ocean lifeguards wear the nationally endorsed workplace uniform for Council Professional Ocean Lifeguards that features white and blue as dominant colours with the word LIFEGUARD in red on the front and back of the workshirt.

For further information, please contact :
APOLA Media contact: Terry McDermott  0414 972 111 or Ian Vaughan 0403 502 745.


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