Amy Peden is the National Manager of Research and Policy with Royal Life Saving Society – Australia, one of the country’s leading drowning prevention organisations. She has been researching drowning and its prevention since 2007 and has published extensively on the issue, with a particular focus on epidemiology and data methodology.
One of Amy’s key responsibilities at Royal Life Saving is the collation of drowning data, management of the Royal Life Saving National Fatal Drowning Database and production of the National Drowning Report annually. Within her role, she regularly speaks to the media about drowning research and prevention and has also maintains research partnerships with a range of tertiary institutions including James Cook University, Griffith University, Curtin University, University of Technology Sydney and the University of Queensland among others.
Amy serves on the Australian Standards Committee for the development, manufacture and sale of lifejackets as well as representing Royal Life Saving on the Australian New Zealand Safe Boating Education Group. She holds honourary appointments with the Injury Division of The George Institute for Global Health and the Health and Psychology Innovations (HaPI) Research Laboratory at Griffith University. She is also a member of the Australasian Injury Prevention Network (AIPN) Executive Committee (as well as being Communications Coordinator) and the International Life Saving Federation’s Drowning Prevention and Public Education Commission.
She is currently a PhD candidate at James Cook University studying the epidemiology, risk factors and strategies for the prevention of unintentional fatal drowning in rivers in Australia.