2019 Program


PACDEFF 3-5 September 2019 – Program

The conference this year will showcase not only the best of CRM and Aviation Human Factors with our PACDEFF traditional practitioner focus on Day 1 and 2, but will also allow delegates to gain wider exposure to research and discussion on Human Factors and Aviation Psychology topics, through applied workshops on Day 3.

Final Program

PACDEFF 2019 will be a three day conference consisting of world class presentations and contemporary and relevant workshops.

It will be held over 3-5 September at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast, Australia

The following is the conference program:

Day 1 – (3 Sept)

0900-0915 Welcome
0915-1000    Keynote 1: “Homo Sapiens, Bullies and CRM” – Lex Rock Heemstra
1000-1030    Lessons from the Darkness: What We Can Learn from 5000+ Days and Nights of Pilots’ Sleep Data – Dr Adam Fletcher (Integrated Safety Support)
1030-1100    Morning Tea
1100-1130    Integrating Human Factors with Safety Management Systems – Capt. Mark Hughes (CAANZ)
1130-1200    Current Topical Regulatory Issues – Dr. Selina Fothergill (CASA)
1200-1230    Human Factors Lessons from the Space Program – Wg Cdr Mick Aspinall (RAAF)
1230-1330    Lunch
1330-1355    Pilot Fatigue: A Study of Safety Investigation Reports – Assoc. Prof. Nectarios Karanikas (QUT)
1400-1425    Introducing CRM/NTS and SMS to the Tourism Sector: Lessons Learned from Aviation- Capt. Glen Eastlake (Milford Sound Flights) and Malika Rose (AJ Hackett Bungy)
1430-1455    The Effects of Distraction in the Operating Theatre – Dr Kim Vidhani (PA Hospital)
1440-1510    Afternoon Tea
1530-1555    CAO 48.1 Pilot Fatigue Management: An Update from CASA – Dr. Robert Forsterlee (CASA)
1600-1625    Implementing Human Factors Solutions for Australian Flight Training Schools – Dr Selina Fothergill (CASA/UQ)
1630-1700    Applying Just Culture from a Human Factors Perspective – Carolyn Vaughan and Mike Nendick (Qantas)
1700-1705    Day 1 Wrap Up
1900-1930    Pre-dinner drinks
1930-2230    Conference Dinner – Crowne Plaza

Day 2 – (4 Sept)

0900-0910    Welcome
0910-0955    Keynote 2: “NextGen Accident Analysis and Prevention: The End of Human Error” – Professor Paul Salmon (USC)
1000-1030    The Migration of CRM Training – Brent Hayward (Dédale Asia Pacific)
1030-1100    Morning Tea
1100-1140    Are You Communicating or Just Talking? – Werner Naef (Kahler Communications)
1140-1205    NSW Air Ambulance: An Update on an NTS Program – Mark Holmes (NSW Air Ambulance)and Kiralee Tynan (Virgin Australia)
1205-1300    Lunch

 Flight Crew Forum
1300-1325     Mid-fidelity Simulations in Pilot Training – Bridging the Gap Between the Classroom and the Simulator – Dr Patrizia Knabl (Emirates)
1325-1350    On the Captain’s Watch: The Captain as Pilot Monitoring – Stuart Beveridge (UNSW)
1355-1420    The Relationship Between Non-technical Skills and Resilience – Assoc. Prof. Wayne Martin (CQU)
1420-1445    Evaluation of Flight Training: An Example from Military Aviation – Dr. Anastasios Plioutsias (Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences)
1445-1515    Afternoon Tea
1515-1540    NTS at Work: ‘Two Strangers on a Plane’ – Capt. Cameron Wegemund (Jetstar)
1545-1645;    Pilots Are Human Beings Too: Providing Support for Pilot Mental Health – Tony Merritt (Sydney Clinical Psychology)

Cabin Crew Forum

1300-1325    What Do I Care? The Role of Supervisor Support in Prevention and Management of Work Related Injuries in Cabin Crew – Michael Tew (Axis Rehab.)
1330-1355    Cabin Crew Training with a Situated Learning Perspective. – Maria Larrea (Griffith University)
1355-1445    Cabin Crew NTS Leadership Workshop – Kelly Hankin (Virgin Australia)
1445-1515    Afternoon Tea
1515-1700    Cabin Crew Peer Support Workshop – Capt. Todd Mickleson (Qantas) & Belinda Warner (Virgin Australia)


1300-1445    ATC HF Workshop – Craig Smith, Kim Nichols, Bill Appleby, Mark Stretch(ACNZ)
1445-1515    Afternoon Tea
1515-1700    ATC HF Workshop – Craig Smith, Kim Nichols, Bill Appleby, Mark Stretch(ACNZ)

1830-2130    Offsite Dinner Excursion – BMD Northcliffe

Day 3 – (5 Sept)

PACDEFF Plenary and Workshops

0900-0910    Welcome
0910-0955    Keynote 3 – Captain David Evans (Qantas)
1000-1030    Mental Health Issues for Accident Investigators – Dr. Trang Dao
1030-1100    Morning Tea
1100-1125    Front Line Peer Support – Capt. Chris Smith (Jetstar) and F/O Matthew O’Keefe (AFAP)
1130-1155    Peer Support in HEMS Operations: Dealing With Trauma – Adrian Park (Toll Logistics)
1200-1225    Addiction – The Disease: How Pilots Support Pilots with the Support of Industry – F/O Matthew O’Keefe and Dr. Russell Brown (HIMS Australia Advisory Group)


1100-1500    Workshop 1 – Designing and Implementing a Fatigue Risk Management System – Dr Adam Fletcher (Integrated Safety Support)
1100-1230    Workshop 2 – Command Upgrade NTS/CRM – Carolyn Vaughan (Qantas) & Belinda Warner (Virgin Australia)
1230-1330    Lunch
1330-1500    Workshop 3 – Facilitator Skills (Rocky Heemstra)

General Forum

1330-1355    JAL’s New EBT Competency Assessment Methodology – Ryuichi Toyota (Japan Airlines)
1355-1420    PPS:Integrating Deep Learning AI Into Flight Deck Operations to Enhance Safety – Shigeru Fujii (Japan Airlines)Fujii 2018 HFR AGENDA


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1420-1500    Training Medical Students in NTS – Assoc. Prof. Natasha Yates (Bond University)
1500-1505    Conference Closing Address

Social Events

The following social events are planned to allow networking opportunities:

2 Sept – Informal Welcome Crowne Plaza Hotel, Surfers Paradise (1700-1900)

3 Sept – Conference Dinner at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Surfers Paradise

4 Sept – Offsite Dinner Excursion -BMD Northcliffe