Grants awarded

Research & Safety Promotion Grants  

There are currently three categories of grants: 

1. Research grants, 

2. Diving Safety promotion grants, and 

3. Diving Medical Education Grants. 

We have had quite a few applications for these grants (discussed in detail below) but our challenge remains to encourage many more, and in a range of relevant areas. 

We have also offered support to worthy causes consistent with our mission to reduce diving‐ related morbidity and mortality. 

Grants paid in 2019‐20: 

Diver evacuation for (predominantly) DCI in Qld ‐ $22,000 committed, $11,000 paid to date 

Diving Medical Officers (DMO) course Perth (i.e., scholarship for training for doctor in diving medicine)‐ $5,000 

Hyperbaric Technicians and Nurses Association – Sponsorship ‐ $1,500 POW Hospital – Diver safety seminar ‐ $1,500 

HMAS Penguin SUM – Books for DMO course ‐ $300 

DMO course Perth ‐ $5,000 

DMO course Perth ‐ $5,000 

Total funds paid during to 2019‐20 year = $29,300 

Including internal research allocations, total paid or committed to research and safety promotion during financial year was approximately $62,000.   

Grants paid or committed for 2020‐21: 

Diver evacuation for (predominantly) DCI in Qld ‐ $11,000 residual committed Reef Check Australia – Risk assessment & safety equipment ‐ $3,280 committed NZ fatality research and reporting ‐ $3,900 committed 

NQUEC – Accident flowchart for dive club ‐ $550 paid

Cave diving rescue equipment ‐ $15,000 paid 

SSBA inspection ‐ $15,400 committed 

SPUMS – Uploading dive medical papers ‐ $4,900 paid 

Research on medication use in scuba divers & snorkellers ‐ $6,265 committed DMO course Perth ‐ $5,000 committed 

DMO course Perth ‐ $5,000 committed 

DMO course travel funding = $2,000 

Payments and commitments to date for 2020‐21 year = $72,295 

Total (external) payments/commitments by ADSF to date = $124,095 

Including internal research allocations, total paid or committed to research and safety promotion by ADSF to date = $181,095. 

Internal research  

The ADSF has been acknowledged as supporting multiple published research papers, as indicated below. 

1. Lippmann J, Lawrence C, Davis M. Snorkelling and breath‐hold diving fatalities in New Zealand, 2007 to 2016. Diving Hyperb Med. 2021; 51. In press. 

2. Lippmann J. Fatalities involving divers using surface‐supplied breathing apparatus in Australia, 1965 to 2019. Diving Hyperb Med. 2021; 51. In press. 

3. Scarf C, Fock A, Lippmann J. A review of diving practices and outcomes following the diagnosis of a persistent foramen ovale in compressed air divers. Diving Hyperb Med. 2020. Diving Hyperb Med. 2010; 50:358‐63

4. Lippmann J, Taylor D McD. Scuba diving fatalities in Australia, 2001 to 2013 – chain of events analysis. Diving Hyperb Med. 2020; 50:221‐30. 

5. Lippmann J, Taylor D McD. Medical conditions in scuba diving fatality victims in Australia, 2001 to 2013. Diving Hyperb Med. 2020; 50 (2):98‐104. 

6. Lippmann J, Taylor D McD, Stevenson C. Scuba diving fatalities in Australia, 2001‐ 2013. Diver demographics and characteristics. Diving Hyperb Med. 2020. 50 (2):105‐ 14.

7. Lippmann J. Rescue and resuscitation factors in scuba diving and snorkelling fatalities in Australia, 2001 to 2013. Undersea Hyperb Med. 2020;47(1):107‐15. 8. Banham NDG, Lippmann J. Fatal gas embolism in a breath‐hold diver. Diving Hyperb Med. 2019.49(4):213‐4. 

9. Lippmann J. Snorkelling and breath‐hold diving fatalities in Australia, 2001‐2013. Demographics, characteristics and chain of events. Diving Hyperb Med. 2019; 49(3):192‐203. 10. Edmonds C, Lippmann J, Bove A. Immersion pulmonary oedema in Oceania – An analysis of 31 cases from Oceania. Undersea Hyperb Med. 2019; 46(5):581‐601.   

11. Edmonds C, Lippmann J, Fock A. Immersion pulmonary oedema ‐ Case Reports from Oceania. Undersea Hyperb Med. 2019; 46(5):603‐610.

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