Amy Peden moving to pastures new in the academic sector
Royal Life Saving – Australia is sad to be saying farewell to Amy Peden, our National Manager for Research and Policy, who is leaving us to join the academic sector.
Amy has been instrumental in driving Royal Life Saving – Australia’s research work to support our objectives in drowning prevention. During her time with the organisation, she has been involved in a number of key initiatives, including:
- Building the Royal Life Saving National Fatal Drowning Database
- Publishing the National Drowning Report since 2011
- Bringing a stronger focus on data for the development of the Australian Water Safety Strategies 2012-2016 and 2016-2020
- Publishing numerous research reports on topics such as child drowning, early swimming and water safety benchmarking of skills and knowledge, and flooding among others
- A focus on non-fatal drowning through research and convening the world first non-fatal drowning symposium which brought together government, industry, researchers and advocates
- Carrying out extensive analysis of drowning incidents in inland waterways through her industry linked PhD at James Cook University
Commenting on Amy’s many achievements, Justin Scarr, CEO of Royal Life Saving – Australia, said ‘This is an exciting new position which will allow Amy to extend her passion for research. Amy has been a valued member of the team, and we all wish her the very best with this new challenge.’
Amy will retain an honourary role as a Senior Research Fellow with Royal Life Saving – Australia, and will continue to support the organisation’s research into drowning prevention into the future.