Program

The conference theme was “Horizon Scanning - Improving Aeromedical Risk Management".

The conference hosted a wide range of topics and speakers and we thank the speakers for their involvement.

Download the conference program and abstract book below. 

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4:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Registration open

Ground Level, Crowne Plaza Queenstown

Registration will be open for delegates to collect name badges for the Welcome Reception. 

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Welcome Reception

Threesixty Restaurant, Ground Level, Crowne Plaza Queenstown

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8:00 AM to 5:15 PM

Registration open

Registration will be open (Level 3, conference venue) for delegates to collect name badges.
Delegates are only required to register once. 

9:00 AM to 9:05 AM

Welcome

9:05 AM to 10:40 AM

Session 1

Safer skies - organisational approaches to safety

9.05am - 10.00am
Just culture or trust culture? Aeromedical decision-making on the horizon and beyond
Patterson Trust Lecture - Dr Anthony Wagstaff 

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10.00am - 10.20am
Health promotion - a pilot health questionnaire at Air New Zealand 2016
Dr Hardeep Hundal

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10.20am - 10.40am
ADF Aircrew and the Medical Employment Classification (MEC) System
Dr Neil Westphalen

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Read more: Dr Anthony Wagstaff Dr Neil Westphalen
10:40 AM to 11:00 AM

Morning tea

Atrium, Level 3, conference venue

11:00 AM to 12:20 PM

Session 2

What's up doc? Case studies 

11.00am - 11.20am
"It's just a cough doc. What's there to worry about?"
Dr Tim Sprott

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11.20am - 11.40am
Fit to fly? A330 Captain following TIA
Dr Adrian Zentner

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11.40am - 12.00pm
Subdural haemorrhage in a military aviator
Dr Gordon Cable

12.00pm - 12.20pm
Vision threatening diabetic retinopathy in a commercial pilot
Dr Imran Ansari

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Read more: Dr Imran Ansari Dr Gordon Cable AM Dr Adrian Zentner
12:20 PM to 1:20 PM

Lunch

Threesixty Restaurant, Ground Level, conference venue

1:20 PM to 3:15 PM

Session 3

Mental illness in aviation

1.20pm - 2.15pm
Deflating pilot egos – the impossible task? 
AsMA Invited Speaker – Dr Quay Snyder (generously sponsored by AsMA)

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2.15pm - 2.35pm
Psychiatric diagnosis and functionality in the aviation environment
A/Prof Gordon Davies

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2.35pm - 2.55pm
How can we prevent the next German Wings?
A/Prof Pooshan Navathe

2.55pm - 3.15pm
A new approach to assessing risk and mental health issues in pilots
Dr Chris Kenedi

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Read more: Dr Quay Snyder A/Prof Gordon Davies Dr Chris Kenedi A/Prof Pooshan Navathe
3:15 PM to 3:35 PM

Afternoon tea

Atrium, Level 3, conference venue

3:35 PM to 5:15 PM

Session 4

Substance use and abuse in aviation

3.35pm - 3.55pm
Detecting post traumatic stress disorder after an aircraft accident - a case study
Dr Joanna Lapish

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3.55pm - 4.15pm
10 year review of the rehabilitation outcomes of an aviation industry  workplace-based Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) Programme
Dr Tim Sprott and Bryan Chong

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4.15pm - 4.35pm
Unsafe use of alcohol and a return to safe flying
Dr Russell Brown

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4.35pm - 4.55pm
An unusual cause for a raised CDT
Dr Anton Wiles

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4.55pm - 5.15pm
The HIMS philosophy: reducing risk through a just culture approach
Capt Laurie Shaw and Capt Simon Nicholson 

Read more: Dr Russell Brown Bryan Chong Dr Joanna Lapish Captain Simon Nicholson Captain Laurie Shaw Dr Anton Wiles
5:15 PM to 6:15 PM

ACAsM Annual General Meeting

Crowne II, Crowne Plaza Queenstown

ACAsM members are invited to meet for the ACAsM Annual General Meeting. 

7:00 PM to 11:00 PM

ACAsM Annual Dinner

Pier 19, Steamer Wharf, Queenstown

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8:00 AM to 4:45 PM

Registration open

Registration will be open (Level 3, conference venue) for delegates to collect name badges. 
Delegates are only required to register once. 

9:00 AM to 9:05 AM

Welcome

9:05 AM to 10:40 AM

Session 5

Space - the final frontier 

9.05am - 10.00am
Surviving and thriving in space
John Lane Oration - Dr Robert Thirsk

10.00am - 10.20am
Augmented reality and a mission to Mars - assessing effects on crew responses to emergency scenarios during analogue missions
Dr Tony Schiemer

10.20am - 10.40am
Postural physiological development and functional assessments during gravitational stress in adventure, aero-sports and in aerospace environments 
Dr Jayashri Sharma

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Read more: Dr Robert Thirsk Dr Tony Schiemer Dr Jayashri Sharma
10:40 AM to 11:00 AM

Morning tea

Atrium, Level 3, conference venue

11:00 AM to 12:20 PM

Session 6

Health issues of air travel 

11.00am - 11.20am
Facilitating medical clearances for passengers – an airlines perspective
Whitney Hughes

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11.20am - 11.40am
Is there a doctor on board?
Dr Richard Heah

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11.40am - 12.00pm
Aeromedical retrievals and complex medical case management in offshore locations
Dr Anthony Hochberg

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12.00pm - 12.20pm
Australasia - prime property for international space ports
Dr Tony Schiemer

Read more: Dr Richard Heah Dr Anthony Hochberg Whitney Hughes Dr Tony Schiemer
12:20 PM to 1:25 PM

Lunch

Threesixty Restaurant, Ground Level, conference venue

1:25 PM to 2:45 PM

Session 7

Crystal ball gazing - to fly or not to fly

1.25pm - 1.45pm
178 Seconds to live - the back story
Dr Michael Thomas

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1.45pm - 2.05pm
One long hop - managing aircrew fatigue on the new Kangaroo Route
Dr Ian Hosegood

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2.05pm - 2.25pm
Surgical treatment for NIDDM pilots
Dr Dave Baldwin

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2.25pm - 2.45pm
A pilot's future - atrial fibrillation
Dr Kate Manderson

Read more: Dr Dave Baldwin Dr Ian Hosegood Dr Kate Manderson Dr Michael Thomas
2:45 PM to 3:05 PM

Afternoon tea

Atrium, Level 3, conference venue

3:05 PM to 3:45 PM

Session 8

If you feel you are in a black hole, don't give up. There's a way out. - Stephen Hawking

3.05pm - 3.25pm
A pilot's future - cerebrovascular infarction
Dr Kate Manderson

3.25pm - 3.45pm
"Facing my last flight": when depression changes your career path, your dream, your identity
Dr Caron Jander and Joel Seaton

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Read more: Dr Caron Jander Dr Kate Manderson Joel Seaton
3:45 PM to 4:45 PM

AMSNZ Annual General Meeting

Crowne l, Crowne Plaza Queenstown

AMSNZ members are invited to meet for the AMSNZ Annual General Meeting. 

3:45 PM to 4:45 PM

ASAM Annual General Meeting

Crowne ll, Crowne Plaza Queenstown

ASAM members are invited to meet for the ASAM Annual General Meeting. 

7:00 PM to 11:30 PM

Conference Dinner

Wakatipu Room, Skyline Queenstown

Shuttle buses: Shuttle buses will depart Crowne Plaza for the Skyline Gondola Base (first shuttle at 6.00pm, last shuttle at 6.30pm). A shuttle bus will return to Crowne Plaza at conclusion of night (first shuttle at 10.30pm, last shuttle at 11.30pm).*

*Shuttle bus times are subject to change. This will be communicated to delegates onsite at the conference.
 

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8:00 AM to 12:15 PM

Registration

Registration will be open for delegates to collect name badges.

9:00 AM to 10:20 AM

Session 9

Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) update

9.00am - 9.40am
The undiscovered country – assessing the maturer pilot
Dr Michael Drane

9.40am - 10.20am
Cardiomyopathy
Dr Peter Clem

Read more: Dr Peter Clem Dr Michael Drane
10:20 AM to 10:40 AM

Morning tea

Atrium, Level 3, conference venue

10:40 AM to 12:10 PM

Session 9 continued

CASA update continued

10.40am - 11.20am
Alcohol and other issues
Dr Peter Clem

11.20am - 11.40am
CASA topical
Dr Michael Drane

11.40am - 12.10pm
CASA Q&A
Dr Michael Drane

12:10 PM to 12:15 PM

Closing remarks

12:15 PM to 1:00 PM

Lunch - conference concludes

Enjoy the final networking lunch before delegates depart. 
Threesixty Restaurant, Ground Level, conference venue