2024 Abstracts

Day 1 (29 October)

Plenary Session – Centre Stage Room (Click on Link for Abstracts)

0900-0915    Welcome

0920-1005    Keynote 1: Professor Sidney Dekker – Griffith University

1010-1055    Keynote 2: Pip Spence – CEO and Director of Aviation Safety, CASA

1055-1125    Morning Tea

1125-1150    Self-evident Approaches to Managing Human Factors – Ken Wylie (Buried, 2020 Author)

There are elements to human behaviour that are self evident and universal. When these
behaviours are organized intentionally, they offer profound utility in managing the human factor.
At the core of our being we have the opportunity to exercise a choice about how we respond to
the situations we are exposed to, or are engaged with. These response choices present as pairs of
opposites (much like many aspects of nature) and are Shadow Power responses and Luminant
Power responses. Shadow Power response choices lead to outcomes that are limiting in their
effectiveness for managing challenging situations. These response choices stem from unconscious
shadow and manifest as a lack of care, service an emotion, or are a short-sighted selfish desire
within the individual or organization. Conversely, Luminant Power response choices are expansive
in their effectiveness. These responses stem from diligent care, and long-sighted intention to serve
the greater good. These responses lead to, not only better outcomes but, the increase of options
within the context of complex and consequential situations. Luminant Power response choices
stem from a willingness to transcend individual emotion, or personal selfish desires, and elevate
the response to serve the whole community connected to, or collectively engaged with the
Shadow Power responses are less effective than Luminant Power responses. A denial of
responsibility, for example, is less effective and less desireable than the acceptance of
responsibility for a whole host of reasons. All Shadow / Luminant Power pairs hold these self
evident aspects.

1150-1215 Presentation TBA

1215-1315    Lunch

1315-1340    Fatal Solution – Building a Fair and Just Culture in Healthcare – Prof. Jan Davies (Professor Emerita, University of Calgary)

With a Foreword kindly written by James Reason, Fatal Solution tells the story of the deaths of two patients and the response of what then was Canada’s largest integrated healthcare system. Part of that response was a change of standard operating practices. While these practices included sometimes providing disclosure to the families of what had occurred, the region was considering adhering to its usual pattern of ‘saying nothing’ to the public. After much discussion and reflection, the CEO chose to go against the advice of the legal team and to ‘go public’, to be open and transparent with everyone. In addition, the healthcare region then underwent an amazing transformation. James Reason’s Just Culture concepts were fully integrated into how care was provided, starting with new policies and procedures. These included “Reporting Safety Hazards and Patient Harm”, Just and Trusting Culture, Disclosing Harm to Patients, and Informing Principal Partners and Stakeholders About Safety Issues. The final result was a health system built on the principles of being truly just and fair to all, from the patients all the way up to the CEO, and doing things differently, more safely, better and in a kinder way.

1345-1410    Presentation TBA

1415-1440    Presentation TBA

1440-1505    Presentation TBA

1505-1535    Afternoon Tea

1535-1600    Presentation TBA

1605-1630    Presentation TBA

1630-1655 Presentation TBA

1655-1705 Day 1 Wrap Up

1900-2200 Conference Dinner – Pre-dinner drinks outside Function Room at 1830

Day 2 – (30 October)

Plenary Session – Centre Stage Room

0900-0910    Welcome

0910-0955    Keynote 3 – Matt Hall – Matt Hall Racing

1000-1045    Keynote 4 – Nicole Ashcroft – Uber Safety (TBC)

1045-1115    Morning Tea

Helicopter Safety Collaborative Human Factors Parallel Forum – Meeting Place

0800-1100: Program TBA

Human Factors Forum 1 – Centre Stage Room

1115-1140    Presentation TBA


1115-1140    Psychophysiological Responses in Aircraft Upsets – Shane Tobin – UPRT Australia

1140-1205   Presentation TBA

1205-1230   Presentation TBA

Human Factors Forum 2 – Meeting Place Rooms 1&2

1115-1140    Surviving the Aircraft Accident – A Critical Review of Head Injury Criteria (HIC) – Prof. Jan Davies (Professor Emerita, University of Calgary)

1140-1205    The typography of Flight Deck Documentation and its Effects on Safety – Pascal Schmid – Griffith University

Prompted by a series of air accidents in the 1980s, Dr Asaf Degani’s 1992 report, “On the Typography of Flight Deck Documentation,” reshaped the design of documents such as manuals, maps, charts, and checklists. His report addressed key principles of typography in printed documentation and provided 19 recommendations for best practice. These are now being applied to contemporary digital documentation. Consequently, our research team, comprising of practicing type designers, revisited the original report to determine whether the suggested conventions remain applicable in a contemporary setting. The findings highlight that some recommendations were based on misconceptions due to inconsistent terminology and now obsolete technologies, which led to a generalization of isolated typographic settings. This is problematic, given that absolute guidelines can only be applied to one specific typeface at a time, due to the varying characteristics of letterforms among different typefaces. Therefore, this single-source review aims to reset the baseline of typographic understanding, rekindle the conversation about legibility in flight safety, and highlight the importance of a more comprehensive approach to typography to improve legibility and, thus, safety. It follows the original report’s structure, providing reflections on Degani’s findings and updated information as required. Further, we provide revised recommendations, directions for future research and an outlook into the future of typography, which is currently undergoing unprecedented technological changes.

1205-1230   Presentation TBA

Workshop 1 – TBA – Meeting Place 3&4

1115-1230 Workshop TBA

1230-1315    Lunch

Human Factors Forum 3 – Centre Stage Room

1315-1345 Presentation TBA

1345-1415 Presentation TBA

1415-1445 Presentation TBA

Workshops 2 and 3 – Meeting Place 3&4

1315-1445    Workshop 2: Facilitator Skills – (TBA)

1445-1515    Afternoon Tea

1515-1645    Workshop 3: TBA

Human Factors Forum 4 – Meeting Place Rooms 1&2

1515-1540 Presentation TBA

1545-1610 Presentation TBA

1610-1645 Presentation TBA

1645-1700 Day 2 and Conference Wrap Up

Standby Workshops and Presentations (TBC)

Chris Smith & Tianchai Maneerat