PACDEFF 2023 Program

Day 1 (12 September)

Plenary Session – Podium Room 1,2 & 3 (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 1,2 & 3

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

HSC Agenda:

0900-0910: Adrian Park – Introductions and Welcome

0910-0940: Adrian Park – ‘Why we need a non-commercial, non-partisan, Australian helicopter safety collaboration more than ever…The Helicopter Safety Collaborative: Mission, Vision, Goals, Enabling Commitments and why they matter’

0940-1010: Stephen Stringer, SHEQ Manager Westpac Rescue – ‘Going Down is a big issue, But so is Going Under: What happens when your home-base goes underwater while you’re out rescuing everyone else! Key experiences and learnings from the 2022 Westpac Lismore Rescue Base Flooding Event.’ 

1010-1045: Graham Svensen, HOTAC Toll Helicopters 2013-2021, LF 2021-2023  – ‘Professionals under pressure: Between a managerial rock and an operational hard place: Life as a long-term manager, instructor, examiner and rescue pilot during unprecedented operational, regulatory and contractual demand. Key experiences and learnings’. 

1045-1115 PACDEFF Morning Tea

1115-1145: Peter McKenzie, Chief Pilot Rotor-Lift, ‘In 40+ years of managing, instructing and flying in high-demand rotary wing operations, what has changed from the early days of acceptable losses, to the highly risk managed environment we have today? I will explore three things that I believe have affected safety outcomes along the way.’

1145-1215: The HSC Safety Ally Network: A mentoring initiative and why we need it.

1215-1230: Close out discussion.

Flight Crew Forum – Podium Room 1 & 2

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 3

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 4

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 1

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 Topic TBA – Tony Merritt (Sydney Clinical Psychology)


1315-1445    Workshop 1: NTS challenges and opportunities – Professor Rhona Flin – Podium Room 3 & 4

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 2

1445-1515    Afternoon Tea

1515-1645    Workshop 3: FRMS, and Safety Performance Indicators for FRMS – Dr Matthew Thomas – Podium Room 4

1515-1645    Workshop 4: Designing an HF/NTS/CRM Training Program – Lachlan Slatyer (ACE Training Centre) – Podium Room 3

1515-1645    Workshop 5: HF Support Sessions / Performance Coaching Strategies or One-on-One Interventions – Carolyn Vaughan (Qantas) – Podium Room 2

Human Factors Forum 4 – Podium Room 1

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)

Safety 2 and Occurrence NTS Assessment – Karina Francks (Air Chathams) and Glen Eastlake (International Safety Systems)