Faculty of Health

Blitvich, Jenny (Assoc Prof)

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Phone: (03) 5327 9690
Email: j.blitvich@federation.edu.au
Room: P906
Position: Deputy Head, School of Health Sciences and Psychology
Discipline: Human movement and sport sciences

Qualifications

  • PhD University of Western Australia, 2000
  • (Thesis Title: Prevention of shallow water diving spinal cord injury)
  • MPE University of Western Australia, 1984
  • (Thesis Title: Exercise induced bronchial reactivity following a running training programme)
  • Grad Dip Ed University of Western Australia, 1983
  • BPE University of Western Australia, 1980

Teaching areas

  • Injury Prevention & Risk Management
  • Aquatics

Professional associations

  • International Spinal Cord Society (ISCoS)
  • Australian Injury Prevention Network (AIPN)
  • Sports Medicine Australia (SMA)
  • Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA)
  • Australian Directory of Injury Control Personnel
  • Industry Training, Education and Professional Development Standing Committee, Aquatics and Recreation, Victoria.

Grants and awards

Distinguished Fellow Award for Research Leadership Contributing to the Advancement of Critical Studies in Education. Faculty of Education, The University of Auckland, 2009.

Lecturer of the Year 2008 (Unijobs) Ranked 4th in University of Ballarat Top 10 nominees

Victorian Aquatic Industry Council Awards, The Sir Frank Beaurepaire Award for Outstanding Contribution by an Individual to the Aquatic Industry. 2005.

Victorian Aquatic Industry Council Awards, Roejen Services Research Award Risk reduction in shallow water diving spinal cord injury. Blitvich JD, McElroy GK, Blanksby BA. 2001.

Ballarat Health Awards. Research Award Risk reduction in diving spinal cord injury. Blitvich JD, McElroy GK, Blanksby BA. 2001.

Victorian Sport and Recreation Industry Awards, Finalist. CRESS Applied Research in Sport Science

Award. Risk reduction in diving spinal cord injury. Blitvich JD, McElroy GK, Blanksby BA. 1999

Research interests

Jenny has a strong interest in injury prevention related research, with a particular focus on drowning prevention and water safety. She is able to work closely with stakeholder groups, leading to the adoption of her research findings in real world settings. Her industry links include the Royal Life Saving Society, Austswim and Aquatics and Recreation, Victoria. Jenny is a member of an international research group investigating drowning prevention via the "Can You Swim?" project, with members from Australia, New Zealand, Norway and Japan. Jenny is also involved in a number of Work Health Safety related research projects.

Supervised projects

Current research student projects

  • The perceived risk of surf swimming - a child's perspective. (PhD)
  • International Students and Social Connectedness: The role sport can play. (PhD)
  • Organisational resource allocation for occupational injury reduction using integrated safety continua analysis. (PhD)
  • Post-colonialism and coaching: Rugby's malleable amateur ethos. (PhD)
  • The role and applicability of a safety management system in community sport. (PhD)

Completed research student projects

  • The role of supervision on drowning and injury risk among children in beach settings. (PhD co-supervisor)
  • Factors influencing drop out in children's sport. (PhD co- supervisor)

Honours student projects

  • Parental knowledge, beliefs and attitudes regarding pre-school aquatics education. (Shared supervision)
  • Drowning risk factors for young adults. (Shared supervision)
  • Swimming competency - Perception versus actuality among physical education undergraduates. (Shared supervision)
  • Factors affecting the inclusion of aquatics education in Victorian schools.
  • Parental supervision of children in aquatic and playground environments.
  • The effectiveness of a six week hydrotherapy exercise program on improving 'quality of life' for recipients of total knee replacements. (Shared supervision)
  • A comparison of the breaststroke swimming start with and without a dolphin kick.
  • A comparison of rope throw rescue techniques in a children's learn-to- swim program.

Publications

Journal articles

Petrass, LA & Blitvich, JD. (2014) Preventing adolescent drowning: Understanding water safety knowledge, attitudes and swimming ability. The effect of a short water safety intervention. Accident Analysis and Prevention 70, 188-194.

Petrass, LA & Blitvich, JD. (2013) Unobtrusive observation of caregiver-child pairs at public pools and playgrounds: Implications for child unintentional injury risk. International Journal of Aquatic Research and Education, 7 (3), 204-213

Blitvich, JD, Moran, K, Petrass, LA, McElroy, GK & Stanley, T. (2012) Swim Instructor beliefs about toddler and pre-school swimming and water safety education. International Journal of Aquatic Research and Education 6 (2), 110-121

Moran, K, Stallman, RK, Kjendlie,,P, Dahl, D, Blitvich, JD, Petrass, LA, McElroy, GK, Goya, T, Teramoto, K, Matsui, A & Shimongata, S. (2012) Can you swim? An exploration of measuring real and perceived water competency. International Journal of Aquatic Research and Education 6 (2), 122-135

Petrass, LA & Blitvich, JD, McElroy, GK, Harvey, J & Moran, K. (2012) Can you Swim? Self report and actual swimming competence among young adults in Ballarat, Australia. International Journal of Aquatic Research and Education 6 (2), 136-148

Petrass, LA & Blitvich, JD. (2012) The nature of caregiver supervision of young children in public pools. International Journal of Aquatic Research and Education, 6 (1), 11-23

Petrass, L, Blitvich, J, & Finch, C. (2011) A lack of caregiver supervision: A contributing factor in Australian unintentional child drowning deaths, 2000-2009 Medical Journal of Australia 194 (5): 228-231

Petrass, L, Blitvich, J, & Finch, C. (2011) Self-reported supervisory behaviour and beliefs, validated against actual observations of caregiver behaviour at beaches– International Journal of Aquatic Research and Education (5), 199-209

Petrass, L, Blitvich, J, & Finch, C. (2011) Observations of caregiver supervision of children at beaches: Identification of factors associated with high supervision. Injury Prevention. 17: 244-249

Petrass, L, Blitvich, J, & Finch, C. (2011) Adapting an established measure of supervision for beach settings. Is The Parent Supervision Attributes Profile Questionnaire reliable? Injury Control & Safety Promotion 18:2, 113-117

Siesmaa, E.J., Blitvich, J.D., White, P & Finch, C.F. (2011) Measuring children's self-reported sport participation, risk perception and injury history: Development and validation of a survey instrument. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport 14 (1): 22-26

Blitvich, J.D., McElroy, G.K., Blanksby, B.A. (2009) Home swimming pool design to improve diving safety. International Journal of Aquatic Research and Education, 3(3): 302-314

Petrass, L.A., Finch, C.F., Blitvich, J.D. (2009) Methodological approaches used to assess the relationship between parental supervision and child injury risk. Injury Prevention. 15: 132-138.

Petrass, L., Blitvich, J., Finch, C. (2009) Parent/caregiver supervision and child injury: A systematic review of critical dimensions for understanding this relationship. Family &Community Health. 32(2):123-135.

Stratton, E., O'Brien, B.J., Harvey, J., Blitvich, J., McNicol, A.J., Janissen, D., Paton, C., Knez, W. (2009) Treadmill velocity best predicts 5000-m run performance. International Journal of Sports Medicine. 30(1): 40-45.

Blitvich, JD. (2008) Drowning in Australia is more than just coastal drowning. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 11 (1): 84-85

Blitvich, JD, McElroy, GK. (2007) Waterslide exit velocities, user behaviours and injury prevention, International Journal of Injury Control and Safety Promotion. 14(1): 54-56.

Book chapters

Blitvich, JD (2015) Water Hazard Skills and Knowledge – Acquisition of knowledge, attitudes and behaviours that contribute to water competence – high income countries. Handbook on Drowning - Prevention, Rescue, Treatment. (2nd Edition) Heidelberg: Springer-Verlag.

Blitvich, JD (2015) Spinal Injuries – Causes and Prevention. In J. Bierens (Ed.), Handbook on Drowning - Prevention, Rescue, Treatment. (2nd edition) Heidelberg: Springer-Verlag.

Petrass LA, Blitvich JD & Finch CF. (2012) Caregivers' Perceptions of Environmental Risk Factors for Child Drowning in Different Aquatic Environments. In JA Daniels (Ed) Advances in environmental research. Volume 20. Nova Publishers.

Siesmaa, EJ, Blitvich, JD, Finch, CF. (2011). A systematic review of the factors which are most influential in children's decisions to drop out of organised sport. In AD Farelli (Ed), Sport Participation: Health Benefits, Injuries, and Psychological Effects. Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers, Inc. pp.1-46.

Siesmaa, E.J. Blitvich, J.D., Telford, A., Finch, C.F. (2011). Factors that are most influential in children's continued and discontinued participation in organised sport: The role of injury and injury risk In AD Farelli (Ed), Sport Participation, Health Benefits, Injuries and Psychological Effects. Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers, Inc. pp.47-84.

Blitvich, J.D. Teaching Safer Diving. (2008) In S. Sturt (Ed.), Teaching swimming and water safety: The Australian way (2nd Ed), AUSTSWIM, Melbourne. pp 113-120.

Letters to the editor

Petrass, L, Blitvich, J, & Finch, C. (2011) Response re - A lack of caregiver supervision: A contributing factor in Australian unintentional child drowning deaths, 2000-2009 Medical Journal of Australia; 195 (3): 156-157

Published proceedings

Blitvich, J, McElroy, GK and Siesmaa, EJ. (2012). Water safety skills for reluctant swimmers – Teaching adults who fear the water. Proceedings of the 2012 Australian Water Safety Conference, (Sydney), June 4th -5th. Program and Proceedings Booklet, p. 86.

Blitvich, J. (2010). University of Ballarat water safety research – Where have we been? Where are we going? Proceedings of the 2010 Australian Water Safety Conference, (Sydney), May 13th -15th. Program and Proceedings Booklet, pp. 32-35.

Petrass, L., Blitvich, J., & Finch, C. (2010). Moving forward – Understanding caregiver supervision at the beach. Proceedings of the 2010 Australian Water Safety Conference, (Sydney), May 13th – 15th. Program and Proceedings Booklet, pp. 23-25.

Blitvich, J., Petrass, L., & Finch, C. (2008). How best do we investigate parental supervision of children at the beach? Proceedings of the 2010 Australian Water Safety Conference, (Sydney), May

15th-16th. Program and Proceedings Booklet, pp. 103-105.

Petrass, L., Blitvich, J., & Finch, C. (2008). How do parents supervise their children at pools and playgrounds Proceedings of the 2008 Australian Water Safety Conference, (Sydney), May 15th-16th. Program and Proceedings Booklet, pp. 30-33.

Reports

Blitvich, JD, Petrass, LA, McElroy, GK, Twomey, D, & Swan, P. (2010) Pool concourse guidelines – Technical report, in Pool Concourse Guidelines – Design, Construction, Management and Maintenance Considerations. Aquatic and Recreation Victoria and Sport and Recreation Victoria.

Finch, CF, Siesmaa, EJ, Blitvich, JD, White, P, Telford, A. (2009) The sport kids injury and drop out (SKIDO) study. A Report to Department of Planning and Community Development - Sport and Recreation Victoria Division (SRV)