The PACDEFF 2023 Program consisted of 2 days of plenary presentations including four keynote speakers. Day 2 had further plenary presentations plus some parallel workshops and presentations running in the afternoon.

Those presentations which have been provided for release are annotated by the hyperlink. We hope that more speakers will provide their presentations in due course.

PACDEFF Program 2023


Day 1 (12 September)

Plenary Session – Podium Room 3 & 4 (All Day)

0900-0915    Welcome

0920-1005    Keynote 1: Professor Rhona Flin – Emeritus Professor at the University of Aberdeen

1010-1055    Keynote 2: Dr Mike Walker – Director, Transport Safety, ATSB

1055-1125    Morning Tea

1125-1150    Contemporary HF issues in Australian Aviation – CASA (Dr Robert Forster-Lee – TBC)

1150-1215 Learning From All Operations – Operational Learning for Safety and Performance Improvement – Pete McCarthy (Cathay Pacific)

1215-1315    Lunch

1315-1340    “The Unseen Hole in the Swiss Cheese – the Lack of Care and Support for People (and their Families) in General Aviation.”  – Angela Garvey

1345-1410    Using Systemic Analysis for Human Factors Safety Improvements – Mark Holmes (Qantas)

1410-1435    Proactive Safety Culture Analysis in a Regional Airline – Capt. Peter Beer

1435-1505    Afternoon Tea

1505-1530    Utilising Realistic VR Scenarios for Training on Complex Jet Aircraft – Capt. Jamie Cross (Griffith University)

1530-1555    ‘How Safety Regulations Become Safety Issues and Why We Need a Red Rule Safety Initiative’ – Dr Adrian Park

1555-1620    Enhanced Integration of NTS Training and Assessment into Existing Defence Training Programs – Ryan Cooper – DFSB

1620-1645 A Pilot’s View of the Engineering Side of the Industry and the Vast Differences in Human Factors Culture – Shane Varga (Air New Zealand)

1645-1700 Day 1 Wrap Up

1830-2130 Conference Dinner (12th Floor)

Day 2 – (13 September)

Plenary Session – Podium Room 3 & 4

0900-0910    Welcome

0910-0955    Keynote 3 – Dr Gail Iles – RMIT Space Program

1000-1045    Keynote 4 – Dr Ian Hosegood, Director of Medical Services, Qantas

1045-1115    Morning Tea

Helicopter Safety Collaborative Human Factors Parallel Forum – Floor 12 North

0900-1045 The Helicopter Safety Collaborative: Mission, Vision, Goals, Enabling Commitments and How a Non-commercial, Safety Collaboration can Help Avert Accidents – Helicopter Safety Collaborative (12th Floor)

1115-1230 The Helicopter Safety Collaborative: Two Key Safety-Shares From the Frontlines / Q and A session / Expressions of Interest

Flight Crew Forum – Podium Room 3 & 4

1115-1140    The Psychological and Physiological Fidelity of Flight Training Simulators for Expert Pilots – Dr Christine Boag-Hodgson (Griffith University)

1140-1205   Human Factors Challenges Pilots Face When Flying in Remote Areas – Dr Sravan Pingali

1205-1230   The Role of Human Factors in Desktop Training Devices for Flight Training – Professor Tim Ryley (Griffith University)

Human Factors Forum 1 – Podium Room 1

1115-1140    Human Performance Challenges in Future Space Operations: A Student Perspective – Assoc. Prof. Selina Fothergill (RMIT University)

1140-1205    Sleep Behaviour in Royal Australian Navy shift workers by shift and exposure to the Sleeptank® app – Nadine Cooper (RAN)

1205-1230    Integrating HF/NTS and SMS Training: Enhancing Safety Culture and Organisational Efficiency – Cherie Love (CASA)

Human Factors Forum 2 – Podium Room 2

1115-1140 ‘Helpful Conversations’ in Pilot Peer Support – Allan Baker

1140-1205 Improved Safety Outcomes Can be Driven From a Renewed Focus on Knowledge, Skills and Experience as it Applies to Aviation Related Mental Wellness – Capt. Herwin Bongers (Air New Zealand)

1205-1230 The COVID Mental Health Effect on Chinese Aviation – Dr Wu Xiaoyu (Griffith University)

1230-1315    Lunch

Human Factors Forum 3 – Podium Room 4

1315-1345 Communication Barriers and Leadership Styles Leading Cabin Crew Millennials in a Multicultural Airline – Dr Marisa de Sousa

1345-1415 ‘Challenges and Strategies for achieving better integration of NTS into regulated flight training’ – Tony Power

1415-1445 Self-care and Managing the Challenges – Tony Merritt (Sydney Clinical Psychology)


1315-1445    Workshop 1: NTS challenges and opportunities – Professor Rhona Flin – Podium Room 1 & 2

1315-1445    Workshop 2: ‘Where Emotional Intelligence and Resilience Intersect. Oscar and Juliet; Resilient but too Tolerant?’ – Capt. Chris Smith & Dr Maneerat Tianchai (UniSQ) – Podium Room 3

1445-1515    Afternoon Tea

1515-1645    Workshop 3: FRMS, and Safety Performance Indicators for FRMS – Dr Matthew Thomas – Podium Room 1

1515-1645    Workshop 4: Designing an HF/NTS/CRM Training Program – Lachlan Slatyer (ACE Training Centre) – Podium Room 2

1515-1645    Workshop 5: HF Support Sessions / Performance Coaching Strategies or One-on-One Interventions – Carolyn Vaughan (Qantas) – Podium Room 3

Human Factors Forum 4 – Podium Room 4

1515-1540 Integrating HF in the Project Lifecycle – Making it Happen – (Indra Sadeli and Brian Mok – ASA)

1545-1610 Gaze Response of Pilots to Unexpected Events in Flight – Aruna Ranganathan (CQU)

1610-1645 Unlocking your Team’s Potential. Using Escape Room Methodology to Consolidate Crisis Resource Management Principles – Andi Thompson and Elizabeth Willis (Queensland Health)

1645-1700 Day 2 and Conference Wrap Up

Standby Workshops and Presentations (TBC)