AMSNZ and ASAM would like to thank the 2017 conference speakers. 

International Guest Speakers

  • Dr Anthony Wagstaff

    Dr Anthony Wagstaff
    Patterson Trust Speaker

    Born in England and raised in Norway, Anthony graduated as a medical doctor from The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Dublin, in 1985, and returned to Norway for his internship. After 5 years as an occupational health physician, which is also his medical speciality, Anthony started work at the Institute of Aviation Medicine in Oslo. He passed the Diploma in Aviation Medicine in London in 1997, and received a PhD degree from the University of Oslo in 2001.

    Anthony has a Master of Business Administration from ESCP/EAP European School of Management, Paris, 2005, and is also a graduate of the Norwegian Defence College from 2013. He has been a member since 2001, and from 2015, a Director of the International Academy of Aviation and Space medicine, and an AsMa Fellow since 2013. He is currently the President of The European Society for Aerospace Medicine - ESAM. He has authored or co-authored around 90 original articles, abstracts, proceedings and research reports in Aerospace medicine and related fields.

    Anthony's current position is in the Norwegian Armed Forces Medical Services, as Director of the Institute of Aviation Medicine. He has responsibility for military aviation medicine in Norway including their training and research activities and the Flight Surgeon service, as well as their role as the civilian Aeromedical Centre in Norway according to EASA regulations. In addition, he holds a part-time position as Associate Professor of Occupational medicine at the University of Oslo. 

  • Dr Quay Snyder

    Dr Quay Snyder
    Invited Guest Speaker, generously sponsored by AsMA

    MD, MSPH

    Dr Quay Snyder is the Air Line Pilots Association, International Aeromedical Advisor and is also the FAA HIMS Program Manager with 20+ years experience sponsoring substance addicted pilots. Quay holds board certification in Aerospace Medicine, Addiction Medicine, Family Practice and Occupational Medicine. He served in the US Air Force as a flight surgeon and glider instructor pilot. Quay has chaired the NBAA’s Safety Committee Fitness for Duty Working Group and served on the medical expert group for the FAA’s Pilot Fitness Aviation Rulemaking Committee and is Deputy Chair of AsMA’s Pilot Mental Health Working Group. He received the SSA’s World Distance Award for 40,000 km of solo cross country flight in his ASK-24B glider. He is active in triathlons qualifying for the 2016 Ironman Hawaii World Championship and 2017 US National Championships.

  • Dr Robert Thirsk

    Dr Robert Thirsk
    John Lane Orator

    Dr Robert Thirsk is a former Canadian Space Agency astronaut and the current Chancellor of the University Of Calgary. He received Degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Calgary and from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He also holds a Doctorate of Medicine from McGill University, and a Master of Business Administration from the MIT Sloan School of Management. Bob has flown on two space missions as a member of the Canadian Space Agency’s astronaut corps. He first flew aboard the space shuttle Columbia in 1996 with six international crewmates as part of the Life and Microgravity Spacelab Mission.

    In 2009 Bob launched aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft to the International Space Station (ISS). As members of the ISS Expedition 20/21 crew, Bob and his five crewmates performed multidisciplinary research which will bring benefit to world citizens and enable future space exploration. During the 188 day expedition, the crew also performed robotic operations and maintenance of Station systems and payloads. Bob is a strong promoter of an economy based upon exploration, innovation, and life-long learning.


  • Dr Imran Ansari

    Dr Imran Ansari
    Consultant Ophthalmologist, Moorfields Eye Hospital Dubai

    Dr Imran Ansari is a consultant ophthalmologist with an interest in general ophthalmology and medical retinal disease. He presented a case series of Central Serous Retinopathy in Commercial Pilots at the 2013 ASAM meeting in Hong Kong.

    Imran currently works at Moorfields Eye Hospital in Dubai (a branch of the world renowned Moorfields Eye Hospital in London), and also at Imperial College London Diabetes Centre in Abu Dhabi.

    Imran is also a qualified aviation medical examiner and is involved in the ophthalmic care for local airline staff and crew in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

    He graduated in medicine from The University of London (St Bartholomew's and The Royal London Medical School) in 2000, and acquired his ophthalmic training from the UK, before moving to Dubai in 2007.

    Dr Ansari is a member of The Royal College of Ophthalmologist in the UK, and a fellow of The Royal College of Surgeons of Glasgow. He also holds fellowship of the European Board of Ophthalmology, as well as specialist registration in Sweden.

  • Dr Dave Baldwin

    Dr Dave Baldwin
    Avmed Doc, Bulls Flying Doctor Service

    Dr Dave Baldwin got his medical degree at Otago University, Dunedin and after completing his vocational training in General Practice joined the RNZAF 889 Officer Training Course in 1989 and graduated to become the Base Medical Officer at RNZAF Base Ohakea with the A-4 Skyhawks of Ohakea’s famous 75 Squadron. In the truly action-packed fast jet environment of New Zealand’s Strike Force, Dr Dave found his true love i.e. developing his sub-specialty: aviation medicine. Three years later, he left the RNZAF and began developing the Bulls Medical Centre located in Bulls – a thriving rural town located next door to the Ohakea Air Force Base. Since this time, the Manawatu region has provided him with not only a wonderful environment to bring up his family but also to a place form a base from which he has developed the truly unique “Bulls Flying Doctor Service” (www.flyingdoctor.co.nz). This service provides a mobile aviation medical service to the pilots located in the remote mountainous areas of New Zealand which he loves so much. He is in the process of writing his fourth book and is also First World President of the International Healthy Bastards Campaign (www.healthybastards.co.nz) .

  • Dr Russell Brown

    Dr Russell Brown
    Medical Officer, Qantas

    Dr Russell Brown graduated from Sydney University in 1999. Following residency, he worked in the RAAF for 6 years, with postings in Canberra, Townsville and Amberley. He then went into private general practice in Melbourne, until commencing with Qantas Group in 2010. His current airline medical role covers crew and passenger health, occupational ground health, alcohol and other drug program and travel medicine.

  • Dr Gordon Cable AM

    Dr Gordon Cable AM
    Aerospace Medical Services Pty Ltd

    Gordon is a specialist in aerospace medicine, a Senior Aviation Medical Officer for the ADF at the RAAF Institute of Aviation Medicine, and an aviation medical examiner for CASA. He has also previously worked for CASA's aviation medicine section. He is a Fellow of the Australasian College of Aerospace Medicine, the Aerospace Medical Association, and the Royal Aeronautical Society. He is a member of the International Academy of Aviation and Space Medicine.  As an Honorary Member of ASAM he still serves on the ASAM Board as secretary and chairs the Society’s Space Life Science Committee.

  • Dr Peter Clem

    Dr Peter Clem
    Senior Medical Officer, CASA

    Dr Peter Clem is a former Airforce Pilot (1987 - 1998). He studied Medicine at The University of Queensland, is a fellow of Royal Australian College of GPs and is an Aviation Medical Officer training RAAF Reserve.

    Peter worked as Contract Medical Officer with the ADF and as a Senior Medical Officer with CASA.

  • Bryan Chong

    Bryan Chong
    Trainee Intern, University of Auckland

    Bryan is a final year medical student from the University of Auckland with a keen interest in the aviation industry and aviation medicine. He has recently completed his medicine elective with the aviation medicine unit of an international airline and undertook research focusing on Alcohol and Other Drug rehabilitation outcomes in the aviation industry. Outside of medical studies, he splits his time between working towards his pilot's license and his role as a combat medic in the NZ Army reserves.

  • A/Prof Gordon Davies

    A/Prof Gordon Davies
    Clinical Associate Professor, University of Wollongong

    Gordon Davies has been involved with the Aviation Medical Society since 1964 and had served on the committee for many years, much of this being as treasurer. He is also a pilot and has written a number of papers on aviation medicine as well as consulting on psychiatric aspects of flying.

  • Dr Michael Drane

    Dr Michael Drane
    Principal Medical Officer, CASA

    Michael is the current Principal Medical Officer at CASA, pending the loss of all his (grey) hair. His qualifications for this position include stuffing doughnuts, handling export queries for fine china and glass for Harrods and configuration control for the International Sun and Earth Explorer (Daughter) satellite for Dornier System GmbH.

  • Dr Richard Heah

    Dr Richard Heah
    Director, Corporate Health Group

    Richard is the Director and Shareholder of CHG (Corporate Health Group), a multi disciplinary group practices which provides services in area of Occupational Health from Pre Employment and Injuries management. He also practices full time as Pain Physician and Travel Matters. 

    As Chair of the Northern Health Network, Richard looks after more than 400 GPs in the Northern part of Adelaide.

    He is an Advisory and Educational Committee member of various Pharmaceutical Companies - bioCSL, Mundipharma and Avant Indemnity.

    Received stipend or travel grants from above companies mentioned.

  • Dr Anthony Hochberg

    Dr Anthony Hochberg
    Executive Physician

    Anthony is an Executive Manager and Corporate Physician with 20 years of experience in providing best practice advice and expert advisory services for a number of corporates ranging in size from 1,500 to 155,000 employees in Asia Pacific region - many ranked in Forbes 100 globally. Anthony's roles have included developing and leading health strategy and taking a proactive approach within the Health and Safety Executive including managing group health and medical risks and controls including public health, international travel health, e-health and complex aeromedical retrievals.

  • Dr Ian Hosegood

    Dr Ian Hosegood
    Director of Medical Services, Qantas Airways Ltd.

    Ian Hosegood is currently Director of Medical Services with Qantas. Ian is a long time member of ASAM and has been involved in Aviation Medicine throughout his career including military, commercial, government and aeromedical experience. His former roles include ADF Medical Officer (RAAF), Avmed specialist and VP-Medical Services with Emirates Airlines, Principal Medical Officer at CASA and General Manager - Health Services with the Royal Flying Doctor Service (QLD).  He is an IAASM academician, a current and past member of the IATA medical advisory group (MAG) and a former representative on the ICAO Medical Provisions Study Group. He teaches Aviation Medicine on various courses and holds an Assistant Professor position at Bond University.

    During his 12 years with the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Ian held a variety of roles including Chief Instructor at the RAAF Institute of Aviation Medicine (IAM) in Edinburgh, South Australia.  He was awarded the UN Service Medal and the Australian Service Medal for his time in Iraq and also the Active Australian Service Medal for the East Timor operation. His operational deployments also included stints in the Solomon Islands and Malaysia and an exchange posting to the UK where he completed the Diploma in Aviation Medicine at Farnborough.

    One of Ian’s areas of special interest in is aircrew fatigue risk management (FRMS). During his time at Emirates, Ian was involved in the establishment of FRMS and the management of aeromedical issues associated with ultra-long range and high capacity aircraft.  He is the current chair of the Qantas FRMS committee.  Ian also has a keen interest in crew occupational health. While at CASA he established the Expert Panel on Aircraft Air Quality (EPAAQ) and also chairs a working group within Qantas to examine this issue. While at Emirates he also introduced a system to monitor crew occupational exposure to cosmic radiation.

    Ian also believes that another key health and safety consideration is the management of alcohol and other drug issues.  Whilst Principal Medical Officer (PMO) at the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) Ian was integrally involved with the development of CASA’s AOD program and associated legislation. He is also an active MRO, teaches on the AMROA MRO course and is a Director of AMROA.

  • Whitney Hughes

    Whitney Hughes
    Principal Advisor- Aviation Health Programs, Qantas Airways

    Whitney is an experienced aviation medicine and pre hospital care paramedic who has over 25 years in working in the aviation industry. She holds both ACCAM and AMROA qualifications, and sits on the Australian Resuscitation Council (NSW Branch).

    Whitney has worked for 3 Australian airlines and is well regarded within the airline industry for her extensive experience in the management of both passenger and crew health issues including drug and alcohol management programs.

    Whitney currently works for Qantas Airways as the Principal Advisor- Aviation Health Programs and leads a team managing the daily operational and strategic issues faced by an airline medical department.

  • Dr Hardeep Hundal

    Dr Hardeep Hundal
    Aviation Medical Officer, Air New Zealand

    Dr Hardeep Hundal currently works as an Aviation Medical Officer with Air New Zealand, having joined in early 2016. He graduated from Ireland in 2008 and have worked in various areas of medicine- surgery, emergency medicine, GP and urgent care medicine. He is particularly keen on research and have written an article on pilot health promotion. On days off, he spends time making and  collecting aeroplane models. He is keen on sports and have embarked on healthy living!

  • Dr Caron Jander

    Dr Caron Jander
    Medical Consultant/DAME

    Dr Caron Jander has worked as a Sydney based DAME since 2005.

    • Qualifications; 1989 MBBCh (WITS);
    • 1995 MPhil (Sports Med) UCT, Commercial Diver Examiner (Simonstown);
    • 2005 FAFOEM (RACP);
    • 2013 FACSM (American College of Sport Medicine);
    • 2015 FACAsM.

    She is an established expert in her field and has been involved in leading research since 1989.

    In 2009, she was awarded a Winston Churchill fellowship for research in improvements in international health protection standards for jockeys in UK, France, Germany and Ireland.

    From 2013 she was the Australian Paralympic Swimming team doctor, the highlight of her career 2016 Rio Paralympic games.

  • Dr Chris Kenedi

    Dr Chris Kenedi
    General Medicine Physician and Liaison Psychiatrist, Auckland Hospital

    Chris was trained at Duke University Medical Center in internal medicine and psychiatry. His family came to New Zealand for 3 years (8 years ago).

    At Auckland Hospital Chris is a General Medicine physician in the morning and a Liaison Psychiatrist in the afternoon. He also provides medical support for the inpatient psychiatric hospital, HIV neuropsychiatry and clozapine toxicity management for the DHB. He is a neuropsychiatry consultant for the Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand and sits on external review panels for complex cases for the Accident Compensation Corporation of New Zealand as a representative of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians.

    His research interests are:

    • Clozapine toxicity and prevention.
    • Neuropsychiatric side effects of steroids.
    • Factitious and somatoform disorders.
    • Mental health in the aviation community. 
  • Dr Joanna Lapish

    Dr Joanna Lapish
    AME, Royal Heights Medical Centre

    Dr Lapish is a General Practitioner in West Auckland, and does pilot medicals for CAA and CASA at Ardmore Airport, Gisborne and Hastings.  When conditions are VFR she and husband, Chris, fly to Gisborne and Hastings to do the medicals in a C172 and she hopes to one day get her own PPL.

  • Dr Kate Manderson

    Dr Kate Manderson
    President, ASAM

    Dr Kate Manderson graduated from the University of Tasmania in 1998, and started worked in aerospace medicine in 2002 as a DAME and Navy Aviation Medical Officer. Dr Manderson now operates two small General Practices in Nowra NSW, teaching GP Registrars and students from the University of Wollongong School of Medicine.

    Her work in aerospace medicine continues as an active DAME, involvement with the Australasian College of Aerospace Medicine and the Australasian Society of Aerospace Medicine, and support to the RAAF Institute of Aviation Medicine as a Navy Reservist. She is also a Director for Grand Pacific Health, a not-for-profit community health provider in South Eastern NSW.

    Kate is the mother of two adventurous little daughters, is an Ironman triathlete, and happily acknowledges that very little of this would be possible without the constant support of her husband, her mother and her colleagues. 

  • A/Prof Pooshan Navathe

    A/Prof Pooshan Navathe
    DMS, HNE Health, RAAF

    Associate Professor Pooshan Navathe is and has been a practising clinician specialising in occupational and aviation medicine for many years, and is internationally respected as a thought leader in evidence based aeromedical decision making. . Pooshan is a Wing Commander in the RAAF (Specialist Reserve), where he serves as the Dy Clinical Director Aviation medicine.   Pooshan’s  special interests are safety and governance, the education and mentoring of health professionals, implementing change, and enabling colleagues to attain professional excellence in their practice.

  • Captain Simon Nicholson

    Captain Simon Nicholson
    Chairman, NZ HIMS Advisory Group

    Simon is an Airbus Captain with Air New Zealand based in Auckland. He is currently serving as the NZ HIMS Advisory Group Chairman. In this capacity, he is leading a collaborative approach working with the Unions, Companies and the Regulator in helping those members of the aviation community in New Zealand who suffer from the disease of addiction. Simon also works one on one as a peer support pilot, supporting the aircrew through diagnosis, recovery and the re-certification process and is himself a pilot in recovery, having recently reached 10 years of sobriety. Simon is supported by his wife and three boys and is currently living in Rotorua.

  • Dr Tony Schiemer

    Dr Tony Schiemer
    Aerospace Medicine Registrar, Australasian Society of Aerospace Medicine

    Tony is a Designated Aviation Medical Examiner originally from Sydney, NSW. He is currently in training as an Aerospace Medicine and General Practice registrar, and as a commercial pilot trainee with the Albatross Aero Club in Nowra. He is a published author with the Journal of Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance, and his interests include expedition medicine, aviation and space medicine, as well as climate change and the related human health effects.

  • Joel Seaton

    Joel Seaton
    School Teacher

    Joel Seaton started flying at the age of 16 and has worked as a domestic pilot for a Regional Airline in Australia. 

    He also worked as a crewman on the Westpac Rescue Helicopter. 

    He holds a Masters Degree in Teaching and at age 34 is now employed as a school teacher in his hometown of Avalon, Sydney.  

  • Dr Jayashri Sharma

    Dr Jayashri Sharma
    Former Faculty, School of Environmental Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

    Jayashri graduated in Medicine ( MB.,BS) from the Armed Forces Medical College Pune in 1968 and post graduated from Poona University in 1973 with an MD in Medical/Clinical Physiology.

    As an Associate research fellow, she assisted with the set up of an Animal Tissue Culture Laboratory, with Hela and Vero cell cultures in 73-74 at the National Chemical Laboratory in Poona.

    Jayashri Sharma was appointed a Senior Scientific Officer in 1975, with the Ministry of Defence Government of India at the Defence Institute of Physiology and Allied Sciences and pursued Stress factor studies in High Altitude, Heat and Immunity. Derived the Non Invasive Re-breathing Cardiac Output measurement in healthy volunteers and attempted Thoracic Impedance Phlethysmography. Studied leucocytic variations in High altitude in healthy volunteers. 

    Jayashri Sharma was appointed Faculty at the School of Environmental Sciences at the Jawaharlal Nehru University in 1976-2006 to develop the courses in Environmental Physiology and Medicine in Normal and Abnormal environments and disruptions in Medicinal Ecology. She developed research projetcs for MPhil and PhD programs with adequate publications of their work. Was deputed to be the Occupational Physician with the Ministry of Health at Bahrain 83-85. Was a Occupational Health Consultant with WHO/ EMRO for labour migration and occupational health concerns.


  • Captain Laurie Shaw

    Captain Laurie Shaw
    Airbus Captain, Cathay Pacific Airways

    Laurie is an Airbus Captain with Cathay Pacific Airways based in Sydney. He is the Australian Aircrew Officers Association (AAOA) HIMS Representative with the Cathay Pacific HIMS Steering Committee and is current Chairman of the HIMS Australia Advisory Group (HAAG). He is working with the other professional pilot unions (locally and worldwide), AvMed specialists, Addiction Medicine Specialists and CASA to establish a transparent process for recertification for pilots afflicted with substance abuse disorders. Laurie is an active Peer Monitor for pilots in recovery, assisting with their recertification process.

  • Dr Tim Sprott

    Dr Tim Sprott
    Senior Medical Officer, Air New Zealand

    Tim is an aviation and occupational medicine specialist who has worked in the airline industry for a number of years. In his spare time he enjoys time on the water, trail running, playing with grand kids, and occasionally with helicopters.

  • Dr Michael Thomas

    Dr Michael Thomas
    DAME, Gardens Med Centre

    Michael started flying lessons at the age of 15 years, and went solo at 16; before he could drive a car solo. He finished his private pilot licence at age 19.

    Michael went on to do medical training, graduating in 2000. He has been a DAME since 2003.  He is based in Albury, and is a rural procedural GP and delivers babies at the local Wodonga Hospital.

    He has completed a commercial pilots licence, including twin and turbine endorsements, and has over 500 hours flight time over 30 years. 

    Michael teaches on advanced medical courses, such as EMST, ALSO and REOT, supervises Dip Obs trainees, and is an examiner for the Obstetric specialty college (RANZCOG). 

    He was Secretary of the Albury & District Aero Club for a few years, and is now a Director of the Uiver Memorial Community Trust, which is restoring a Douglas DC-2.

    Michael is married, and has 5 children, and lives in Albury, NSW. 

  • Dr Neil Westphalen

    Dr Neil Westphalen
    Commander, RANR

    Dr Neil Westphalen graduated from Adelaide University in 1985, and joined the RAN in 1987. He is a RAN Staff Course graduate, and a Fellow of both the RACGP and AFOEM. He also has a Dip AvMed and a MPH, and was admitted as an ACAsM Foundation Fellow in 2012.

    His seagoing service most recently includes RENDERSAFE 14, SEA RAIDER 15 and SEA HORIZON 17. He also has extensive shore service, most recently as the Fleet Medical Officer from January 2013 to January 2016.

    Commander Westphalen transferred to the Active Reserve in July 2016.

  • Dr Anton Wiles

    Dr Anton Wiles
    GP/Medical Examiner

    Anton trained at Otago, graduating in 1974, then spent 2 years in various locations in Australia, and 2 years in the UK. Anton has been a GP in Auckland since 1980, gaining his Dip AvMed in 2003, and being an NZ DME since 2002. Since that time he has also gained designation for CASA, Fiji, FAA, Canada, UK/EASA, Hong Kong, Qatar and Oman. Anton ceased delivering babies in 2010, and has been a Police Medical Officer since then.

  • Dr Adrian Zentner

    Dr Adrian Zentner
    DAME, Independent Practitioner Network

    Adrian is a Fellow of the Australasian College of Aerospace Medicine with a Diploma of Aviation Medicine (UK) and a DAME based in Perth WA.


  • Dr Mathew Koshy

    Dr Mathew Koshy


    Dr M Koshy graduated in medicine from Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore, India and moved to the UK in 1997. He completed his basic surgical training in East Yorkshire and joined the Royal Air Force (RAF) as a medical officer in 2002. During his service in the RAF, he qualified as a general practitioner (2004) and did the Diploma in Aviation Medicine in (2008). In 2011 he joined BAE Systems, Saudi Arabia as Aviation Medicine Specialist and was promoted to Senior Aviation Medicine Specialist in 2016. He currently works at the Armed Forces Aeromedical Centre, Dhahran.