Program

The conference theme was: "Celebrating the diversity of aerospace medicine in Australasia".

Application will be made to the RACGP for this activity to be accredited for 40 Category 1 points as part of the RACGP Quality Improvement & Continuing Professional Development Program in the 2017-19 Triennium. ASAM is an authorised provider of accredited activities under the RACGP QI&CPD Program.

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2:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Registration desk open

The registration desk will be open for delegates to collect their name badge. Delegates are only required to register onsite once. 

Registration desk location on Thursday 19 September: Heritage Ballroom Foyer, Level 6, The Westin Sydney
Registration desk location from Friday 20 September: Ballroom Foyer, Level B1, The Westin Sydney

Arriving to The Westin Sydney on Thursday? Beat the rush by collecting your name badge from 2.00pm onwards!

2:30 PM to 4:30 PM

CPR workshop (optional)

Barnet Room, Level 6, The Westin Sydney

The CPR course will meet the requirements of the RACGP for the 2017-2019 triennium. A certificate will be provided on completion and participants will be able to self-record attendance on their RACGP activity portal. 

Delegates of the conference - $150 per person (SOLD OUT)

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Welcome Reception

Location: Heritage Ballroom, Level 6, The Westin Sydney
Dress: Smart casual

Proudly sponsored by

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Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA)

8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Registration desk open

Ballroom Foyer, Level B1, The Westin Sydney

This is the registration desk opening times for the ASAM Conference. The registration desk will be open for delegates to collect their name badge. Delegates are only required to register onsite once. The ASAM Conference welcome commences in Ballroom 3 & 4 at 9.00am. If you have registered to attend the 2019 HIMS Australia Advisory Group Conference and AGM, your sessions commence from 8am. For further details, read below.

8:00 AM to 5:30 PM

2019 HIMS Australia Advisory Group Conference and AGM

The 2019 HIMS Australia Advisory Group Conference and AGM will be held alongside the ASAM Conference on Friday 20 September 2019

Click here for more information or click here to download the HIMS Conference Program. 

8:45 AM to 9:00 AM

Conference welcome

Ballroom 3 & 4, Level B1, The Westin Sydney

Conference welcome 
Dr Kate Manderson

Welcome to Country 
Uncle Chicka Madden

Major Sponsor - Go2Altitude
Oleg Bassovitch

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GO2Altitude

9:00 AM to 10:00 AM

Patterson Trust Lecture

'The right stuff': curse of the modern pilot

Ballroom 3 & 4, Level B1, The Westin Sydney

Capt Dave Fielding
Disciplinary and Welfare Rep, BALPA (British Airline Pilots Association)

The majority of pilots can only aspire to the standards set by Chuck Yeager and the early NASA test pilots, so memorably chronicled in Tom Wolfe’s 1979 book “The Right Stuff”. Their character qualities have been for many years the unofficial template for what was required to be a successful pilot, military or commercial. Through a combination of self-selection, actual selection and job training, pilots generally do share a number of characteristics which could easily be classified as ‘The Right Stuff’. These include decisiveness, emotional strength, high-achievement, independent problem solving, the ability to deal with stress, and the ability to set and maintain high personal standards.

The problem with this construct comes when things go wrong in a pilot’s life and long-term stressors start to have their effect. These positive character attributes can rapidly become barriers or even liabilities when it comes to dealing with deteriorating mental wellbeing.

This presentation examines possible reasons why pilots have historically been so reluctant to declare mental wellbeing issues, and outlines the various programmes around the world which are addressing the issue. This is a rapidly-evolving field, and the tragic Germanwings accident of 2015 has accelerated that process dramatically. This is particularly the case in Europe, where it is now hard legislation for every EU AOC to have a Pilot Peer Support Programme (PPSP) in place by August 2020.

This has led to a high degree of energy and innovation when it comes to design and implementation of PPSPs, along with an extraordinary level of international co-operation and resource-sharing. The presentation will detail the very exciting work currently going on in this area, along with a vision of how data collected via PPSPs can have a major impact in the field of Flight Safety.

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Patterson Trust Speaker - Capt Dave Fielding

10:00 AM to 10:25 AM

Morning tea

Ballroom Foyer, Level B1, The Westin Sydney

10:25 AM to 3:10 PM

Ophthalmology workshop

This program is designed for Designated Aviation Ophthalmologists and is available as a stand-alone workshop.

Delegates of the conference - included in your full registration*
Non-delegates - $250 per person*

*Your registration for this workshop is subject to confirmation by ASAM.

If you have already registered for the conference and would like to add this to your registration, contact the Conference OrganisersIf you have not yet registered for the conference, you can select this workshop within the online registration form.

Ophthalmology workshop

Barnet Room, Level 6, The Westin Sydney

Chair: Dr David Fitzgerald

10.25am - 10.30am 
Welcome and introductions
Dr David Fitzgerald

10.30am - 11.00am
Regulation of common retinal diseases in pilots
Dr Graham Duguid

11.00am - 11.20am
Pseudophakia, multifocal IOL's and presbyopia in pilots
Dr Peter Heyworth & Dr Graham Duguid

11.20am - 11.40am
Improved multifocal implant lens technology with respect to cataract surgery in airmen
Dr Graham Duguid

11.40am - 12.25pm
Visual field update: what is a significant field loss
Dr Tony Gibson

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Dr Graham Duguid | Dr Tony Gibson | Dr Peter Heyworth

10:25 AM to 12:25 PM

Session 1

Aviation medicine pot pouri

Ballroom 3 & 4, Level B1, The Westin Sydney

Chair: Dr Craig Schramm

10.25am - 10.45am
The A380 Captain with the shakes
Dr Russell Brown

10.45am - 11.05am
Health literacy in Australian aviation: pilots
Alana Tetley 

11.05am - 11.25am
Prevalence of cataract in airline pilots in Australia
Dr Kyoko Miura

11.25am - 11.45am
Residual diplopia and functional accommodations by the neuroplastic brain after trauma
Dr John Affleck

11.45am - 12.05pm
Vaccinations for travellers: required and/or recommended
Dr Jonathan Cohen

12.05pm - 12.25pm
Preventing and reversing chronic disease without medication
Dr Germaine Gock

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Dr John Affleck | Dr Russell Brown | Dr Jonathan Cohen | Dr Germaine Gock | Dr Kyoko Miura | Alana Tetley

12:25 PM to 1:10 PM

Lunch

Ballroom Foyer, Level B1, The Westin Sydney

1:10 PM to 3:10 PM

Ophthalmology workshop

Ophthalmology workshop continued...

Barnet Room, Level 6, The Westin Sydney

1.10pm - 2.00pm
Designated Aviation Ophthalmologists’ update workshop on colour vision in aviation
Dr John Parkes

2.00pm - 2.25pm
An experienced international jet pilot with hitherto undiagnosed tritanopia: do we need a tritan standard in aviation?
Dr John Parkes

2.25pm - 2.50pm
New Zealand CAA general directions on colour vision deficiency 2019: explanation and implications
Dr Arthur Pape

2.50pm - 3.10pm
Case report of surgical management of Keratoconus to meet commercial pilot vision standard
Dr Daya Sharma

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Dr Arthur Pape | Dr John Parkes | Dr Daya Sharma

1:10 PM to 3:10 PM

Session 2

Incapacitation

Ballroom 3 & 4, Level B1, The Westin Sydney

Chair: Dr Mike Hill

1.10pm - 1.35pm
Pilot incapacitations: time for a new perspective?
Greg Hood

1.35pm - 2.00pm
Pilot incapacitation: can we be sure?
Dr Jeffrey Brock AM 

2.00pm - 2.25pm
Pilot incapacitation
Dr Robert Liddell

2.25pm - 3.10pm
Panel discussion

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Dr Jeffrey Brock AM | Greg Hood | Dr Robert Liddell

3:10 PM to 3:30 PM

Afternoon tea

Ballroom Foyer, Level B1, The Westin Sydney

3:30 PM to 4:30 PM

Session 3

Risk equals likelihood versus consequence

Ballroom 3 & 4, Level B1, The Westin Sydney

Chair: Dr Rob Liddell

3.30pm - 3.50pm
Is aviation medicine too risk averse?
Dr John Gall 

3.50pm - 4.30pm
Case studies on recent investigations with AvMed themes 
Heather Fitzpatrick

4.30pm
Tribute to Dr Malcolm Hoare RFD
Dr Peter Wilkins

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Heather Fitzpatrick | Dr John Gall

4:35 PM to 5:00 PM

ACAsM Annual General Meeting

Ballroom 3&4, Level B1, The Westin Sydney

7:00 AM to 4:30 PM

Registration desk open

Ballroom Foyer, Level B1, The Westin Sydney

The registration desk will be open for delegates to collect their name badge. Delegates are only required to register onsite once. 

7:30 AM to 8:45 AM

ACAsM Registrars and Supervisors Breakfast Meeting

Barnet Room, Level 6, The Westin Sydney

9:00 AM to 9:05 AM

Welcome and introductions

Ballroom 3 & 4, Level B1, The Westin Sydney

Dr Kate Manderson

9:05 AM to 10:00 AM

John Lane Oration

Human physiology in flight

Ballroom 3 & 4, Level B1, The Westin Sydney

Dr Thomas Smith
Head of Aerospace Physiology, King’s College London
Consultant Anaesthetist, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, London

What actually happens to your body when you take a flight? How is this important for airline passengers, patients or pilots? What challenges will members of the public face on upcoming commercial suborbital space flights? Drawing from his own research, Dr Smith will explore recent advances in our understanding of the physiological effects of commercial air and space travel, together with their potential clinical implications.

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John Lane Orator - Dr Thomas Smith

10:00 AM to 10:20 AM

Morning tea

Ballroom Foyer, Level B1, The Westin Sydney

10:20 AM to 12:30 PM

Session 4

Now you're flying, the Spirit of Australia

Ballroom 3 & 4, Level B1, The Westin Sydney

Chair: Dr Jeremy Robertson

This session will contain individual presentations followed by a group panel discussion. 

10.20am - 10.35am
Strategic considerations in airline medicine
Dr Ian Hosegood

10.35am - 10.50am
Pilots are humans too
Dr Sara Souter

10.50am - 11.05am
A challenging airline medical clearance case!
Whitney Hughes

11.05am - 11.20am
“Dear crew, I am not feeling so well...”
Dr Kelly Bofkin

11.20am - 11.35am
Let me bend your ear
Dr Rachel MacKellar

11.35am - 11.50am
A pilot and alcohol: an airline case
Dr Russell Brown

11.50am - 12.30pm
Airline panel discussion

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Dr Kelly Bofkin | Dr Russell Brown | Dr Ian Hosegood | Whitney Hughes | Dr Rachel MacKellar | Dr Sara Souter

12:30 PM to 1:15 PM

Lunch

Ballroom Foyer, Level B1, The Westin Sydney

1:15 PM to 2:35 PM

Session 5

Patient centred care in the aviation milieu

Ballroom 3 & 4, Level B1, The Westin Sydney

Chair: Dr Bernard Cresswell

1.15pm - 1.35pm 
A guide for the aerospace medicine practitioner on the conduct of an operational check 
Dr Aparna Hegde

1.35pm - 1.55pm
Decisional diversity in a commercial pilot with multiple myeloma
Dr Caron Jander & Peter Thorpe

1.55pm - 2.15pm
“Floppy eye syndrome”: rare diagnosis of a serious ocular condition strongly associated with obstructive sleep apnoea in an air traffic controller
Dr Kristin Roe

2.15pm - 2.35pm
Pilots and cardiac arrest: two cases of pilots who survived a VF arrest and what we can learn about assessment and management
Dr Annalyse Crane

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Dr Annalyse Crane | Dr Aparna Hegde | Dr Caron Jander | Dr Kristin Roe | Peter Thorpe

2:35 PM to 2:55 PM

Afternoon tea

Ballroom Foyer, Level B1, The Westin Sydney

2:55 PM to 4:35 PM

Session 6

Care to the air

Ballroom 3 & 4, Level B1, The Westin Sydney

Chair: Dr Ian Cheng

2.55pm - 3.15pm
Renal artery stenosis in a commercial pilot: rare disease, good teamwork, perfect outcome
Dr Oliver Brock

3.15pm - 3.35pm 
Aerospace implications of key neurological conditions
Dr Vini Gautam Khurana

3.35pm - 3.55pm
HIMS in Australia: substance use disorder resources for pilots
Capt Laurie Shaw

3.55pm - 4.15pm
Living the dream with a mobile aviation medical clinic
Dr Dave Baldwin

4.15pm - 4.35pm
Clinical and non-clinical challenges in international air ambulance operations
Dr John Affleck

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Dr John Affleck | Dr Dave Baldwin | Dr Oliver Brock | Dr Vini Gautam Khurana | Capt. Laurie Shaw

4:35 PM to 5:00 PM

ASAM Annual General Meeting

Ballroom 3 & 4, Level B1, The Westin Sydney

6:30 PM to 7:30 PM

ACAsM Cocktail Reception

Location: The Terrace, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA), 140 George St, The Rocks
Dress code: The Great Gatsby (attendees will move from this function to the conference dinner)
Getting there: 10 minute walk from The Westin Sydney. Transport will not be arranged. Delegates are invited to walk together as a group or make their own way. Download PDF directions by clicking here or click here to view walking directions via Google Maps. 

7:30 PM to 11:00 PM

ASAM Conference Dinner

Location: Foundation Hall, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA), 140 George St, The Rocks
Dress code: The Great Gatsby 
Getting there: 10 minute walk from The Westin Sydney. Transport will not be arranged. Delegates are invited to walk together as a group or make their own way. Download PDF directions by clicking here or click here to view walking directions via Google Maps. 

8:00 AM to 4:30 PM

Registration desk open

Ballroom Foyer, Level B1, The Westin Sydney

The registration desk will be open for delegates to collect their name badge. Delegates are only required to register onsite once. 

9:00 AM to 10:25 AM

Session 7

CASA session

Ballroom 3 & 4, Level B1, The Westin Sydney

9.00am - 9.30am
CASA AvMed update
Mark Sullivan, Branch Head, Client Services Centre, CASA

9.30am - 10.10am
Syncope: the diagnostic chimera
Dr Michael Boissezon

10.10am - 10.25am
Tips for DAMEs
Dr Caron Jander

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Dr Michael Boissezon | Dr Caron Jander

10:25 AM to 10:50 AM

Morning tea

Ballroom Foyer, Level B1, The Westin Sydney

10:50 AM to 12:25 PM

Session 7 continued...

CASA session continued...

Ballroom 3 & 4, Level B1, The Westin Sydney

10.50am - 11.30am
Renal Culculi revisited
Dr Ganesh Anbalagan

11.30am - 12.10pm
Problem of the problematic use of substances
Dr Sanjiv Sharma

12.10pm - 12.25pm
Discussion

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Dr Ganesh Anbalagan | Dr Sanjiv Sharma

12:25 PM to 12:30 PM

Closing remarks

Ballroom 3 & 4, Level B1, The Westin Sydney

12:30 PM to 1:30 PM

Farewell lunch

Ballroom Foyer, Level B1, The Westin Sydney

Included in full conference registration. Indicate your attendance via the online registration form.

1:00 PM to 4:30 PM

ADF session

Ballroom 3 & 4, Level B1, The Westin Sydney

This session is exclusive to ADF personnel. Program will be provided separately to ADF personnel. Attendees must register to attend this session as spaces are limited. 

ADF personnel - $100 per person SOLD OUT