ASAM would like to thank the 2019 conference speakers. 


  • John Lane Orator - Dr Thomas Smith

    John Lane Orator - Dr Thomas Smith
    Head of Aerospace Physiology, King's College London & Consultant Anaesthetist, Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust, London

    Dr Smith is a clinician-scientist specialising in cardiopulmonary and aerospace physiology and in anaesthetics. He is an experienced flying doctor and a former South Australian Rhodes Scholar and Churchill Fellow. Originally from Adelaide, Dr Smith has been based in the UK for about 15 years, initially at the University of Oxford and more recently at King’s College London. His current research is focussed on human centrifuge studies exploring physiological effects of high-G acceleration that are particularly relevant to upcoming commercial suborbital spaceflights. He also leads a master’s degree in space physiology in collaboration with the European Space Agency’s Astronaut Centre.


  • Patterson Trust Speaker - Capt Dave Fielding

    Patterson Trust Speaker - Capt Dave Fielding
    Disciplinary and Welfare Rep, BALPA (British Airline Pilots Association)

    Dave Fielding studied Classics at Cambridge before making the perfectly logical step and becoming an airline pilot. He joined British Airways in 1993 on the Highlands and Islands Division, flying the BAe ATP which taught him a love for Scotland and a hate for aircraft which keep breaking down and have no cockpit heaters. When Highlands Division closed he moved down to London on the B757 and achieved his command on the Airbus A320 in 2001, with perfect timing the day before 9/11. Since then he has been a captain on the B767, B777 and the A380, which is his current type.

    Dave has been a union rep since 1996, and unsurprisingly given his classics background gravitated towards the quasi-legal field of disciplinaries. This led to an interest in alcohol and welfare cases, which in turn led to him creating a BALPA peer intervention programme to identify problem individuals upstream and away from the airline operation. The Germanwings crash of 2015 changed the game dramatically, and he worked with British Airways in the period following to adapt and improve the programme. In January 2017 the Pilots Assistance Network (PAN) became the first peer support programme in Europe to be launched post-Germanwings. Most of the major UK airlines have or are in the process of implementing the BALPA / BA programme in some form.

    Dave sits on the Executive Board of the European Pilot Peer Support Initiative (EPPSI) which has drawn together all the European expertise in setting up PSPs. They are in a very busy period now that EASA have mandated that all European airlines must have a PSP by August 2020. Dave has also been closely involved in the creation of IPPAC, a global version of EPPSI which aims to promote best practice and standards in Pilot Peer Support.

    He would love to retire to warmer climes but is too young and finds this work far too interesting.


  • Dr John Affleck

    Dr John Affleck
    Medical Director, Medevac.Flights

    Dr John Affleck is a specialist in Aerospace Medicine - a Fellow of the Australasian College of Aerospace Medicine, Fellow of the Aerospace Medical Association and Academician of the International Academy of Aviation and Space Medicine.

    His initial training in Aviation Medicine was at the RAF Institute of Aviation Medicine and he has completed initial and advanced courses for "Humans in Space" conducted by ASAM.

    For over 30 years Dr Affleck has been engaged in air medical transport, initially with the RFDS and in the last 15 years in commercial air medical operations. 

    He has been a DAME for over 30 years and formerly a medical officer with CASA. Dr Affleck is a pilot with over 1000 hours of command aeronautical experience.

  • Dr Ganesh Anbalagan

    Dr Ganesh Anbalagan
    Senior Medical Officer, Civil Aviation Safety Authority

    Ganesh Anbalagan works with Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) as a Senior Medical Officer, where he is involved with the assessment of medical conditions for the issue of pilot and air traffic controller medical certificates. His research interest is in epidemiologic studies of aircrew health with a focus on identifying areas of increased medical risk and continuous re-evaluation of the medical assessment process. Ganesh formerly worked at Singapore Aeromedical centre for 12 years providing clinical Aviation Medicine, Aviation Physiology and Human factors training services to the Republic of Singapore Air Force pilots and civilian aircrew in Singapore and in the region.

  • 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.

  • Dr Kelly Bofkin

    Dr Kelly Bofkin
    Medical Officer, Virgin Australia

    Born and bred in London, Kelly trained as a surgeon in the UK before moving to Australia. She worked for many years as an Intensivist, then as the Chief Resident of a large Sydney teaching hospital, heavily involved in Clinical Governance and Quality Improvement Programs. When the demands of a young family necessitated a change of lifestyle, Kelly saw the light and retrained as a General Practitioner. Kelly has been a DAME since 2016 and is now incredibly lucky to have joined the Aerospace Medicine Training Program, currently working as a Medical Officer for Virgin Australia.

  • Dr Michael Boissezon

    Dr Michael Boissezon

    Michael is an Aerospace Medicine Training Program registrar. He has recently completed 12 months with the Civil Aviation Safety Authority and is currently rotating at Qantas.  Prior to joining the Aerospace Medicine Program Michael had a background in intensive care medicine, primary care and occupational medicine. In his spare time, he continues to practice in intensive care medicine and is undertaking dual training in aviation medicine and occupational medicine through Monash University.

  • Dr Jeffrey Brock AM

    Dr Jeffrey Brock AM
    Senior Aviation Medical Officer (SAVMO), Australian Army

    Jeff was born in Adelaide and enlisted into the Australian Regular Army in 1967. He is a Science Graduate of the Royal Military College, Duntroon and completed Medicine and Surgery at the University of Queensland. He is a qualified fixed and rotary wing Army pilot. He completed the Diploma of Aviation Medicine at Farnborough, Occupational and Tropical Medicine at the University of London and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Jeff has had operational deployments to PNG, East Timor, Iraq, and Afghanistan. He is a specialist aviation and surface transportation accident investigator.

  • Dr Oliver Brock

    Dr Oliver Brock
    Owner, Doc Brock Medical Practice

    Studied and graduated in Hannover Germany 1993, then became Specialist Family medicine, Occupational Medicine, Aviation Medicine. Registered AME all classes with JAR later EASA since 1999. Registered DAME with CASA and ME with CAA NZ all classes since 2006. PhD thesis on working condtions of Flight Attendants, scientic presentations at ICASM conventions (London, Vienna), Singapore AME educational meeting 2011, ASAM (Hongkong 2013). Published health articles related for pilots in a German General Aviation magazine. Active private pilot since 1982 with EASA/CASA/FAA-licences.

  • 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 Jonathan Cohen

    Dr Jonathan Cohen
    Medical Director, Travel Clinics Australia


    Dr Jonathan Cohen is the Medical Director of Travel Clinics Australia, the national association of over 50 travel clinics. He holds a Certificate of Travel Health (CTH) with the International Society of Travel  Medicine, is a Fellow of the Australasian College of Tropical Medicine (FACTM) and also Adjunct Senior Research Fellow, Department of General Practice, Monash University.

    Dr Jonathan Cohen works in full time clinical practice in Melbourne and also as a consultant to a number of national and international organizations. He has authored over 80 articles & publications and presents regularly on travel health both nationally and overseas.

  • Dr Annalyse Crane

    Dr Annalyse Crane
    DAME, Alfords Point medical practice

    Annalyse is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame. She is a NSW RACGP council member and works in General Practice and aviation medicine in Southern Sydney. Annalyse is the daughter of a pilot and Qantas wife. She is a patrol captain at Cronulla Surf Lifesaving Club and enjoys ocean swimming.

  • Heather Fitzpatrick

    Heather Fitzpatrick
    Senior Transport Safety Investigator, Australian Transport Safety Bureau

    Heather joined the ATSB in 2015, and is one of the ATSB’s senior transport safety investigators (Human Factors). Prior to this, Heather spend eight years as part of the safety departments for a Singapore start-up carrier Valuair, Cathay Pacific in Hong Kong and Virgin Australia in Brisbane. She spent about ten years in safety and risk management advisory work predominantly for Defence, regulators, aeromedical operators, manufacturers, sport aviation and airlines. She is also a private pilot and currently studying a Master of Research focusing on the investigation of safety management systems in occurrences.

  • Dr Graham Duguid

    Dr Graham Duguid
    Consultant Ophthalmologist, Western Eye Hospital

    Graham Duguid is a Consultant Ophthalmologist at the Western Eye Hospital, London and has been a CASA Designated Aviation Ophthalmologist since 2002. He has been a Consultant Advisor to the UK CAA since 2001. His specialty interest is vitreo-retinal and cataract surgery, but maintains a keen interest in general ophthalmology. He graduated from Aberdeen University, Scotland in 1987 and worked in Melbourne, London and Paris before his current appointment. He is a keen instrument rated PPL and is keen to combine his knowledge of ophthalmology and aviation to ensure regulations are evidence-based, practical and safe.

  • Dr John Gall

    Dr John Gall
    Director, Era Health

    John Gall is a forensic physician in private and hospital practice, Director of Southern Medical Services (trading as Era Health), a Senior Consultant with the Victorian Paediatric Forensic Medical Service, Royal Children’s Hospital and Monash Medical Centre, Melbourne, and an Associate Professor, Department of Paediatrics, University of Melbourne. He is President of the International Association of Clinical Forensic Medicine. In addition to forensic medicine, he practices in the field of occupational medicine and undertakes a number of aviation medical examinations each month. He enjoys both scuba diving and flying and spends some of his free time gliding.

  • Dr Tony Gibson

    Dr Tony Gibson
    Managing Optometrist, Mitcham Eyecare

    Tony is a practising CASA Credentialed optometrist who has been involved in visual ergonomics and flying since 1971. He obtained a MSc in Optometry from the University of Melbourne for investigating the relationship between visual aerial navigation tasks and visual acuity with variable amounts of blurred vision. He has been involved in other aviation related vision research projects. He has been a lecturer for the Monash University ACCAM course and was closely involved in developing the Optometry Australia/CASA project to train and accredit over 200 Credentialed Optometrists as eye examiners for pilot medical certification.

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    Dr Germaine Gock

    Dr Germaine Gock
    DAME/DAO, Integrated CTM Pty Ltd

    Dr Germaine Gock is an Ophthalmologist practicing in Sydney with a special interest in Medical Retina. She completed her basic eye training at Sydney Eye Hospital, with further advance training in the UK. Dr Gock has also had extensive experience in general medicine and psychiatry. She advocates a holistic approach to all matters of the mind and body, and moonlights as a yoga instructor in her spare time. Dr Gock is currently a DAO and DAME.

  • Dr Aparna Hegde

    Dr Aparna Hegde

    Dr Aparna Hegde is a founding fellow of FCAAsM with over 20 years of experience in the field of Aerospace Medicine. This experience covers military, civilian, airline and regulatory aspects. Aparna is currently based in Perth working in private practice clinically, doing non clinical remote work for CASA and whatever is required of her as a RAAF SAVMO and regional mentor.

  • Dr Peter Heyworth

    Dr Peter Heyworth
    Consultant, Southwest Eye Surgeons

    Peter Heyworth has been a consultant ophthalmologist for 21 years and works in public and private practise in the southwest of Western Australia. He is an instrument-rated private pilot and has an interest in all things aviation, but in particular has presented on the subject of multi-focal intra-ocular lenses and presbyopic correction for pilots.

  • Greg Hood

    Greg Hood
    Chief Commissioner and Chief Executive Officer, Australian Transport Safety Bureau

    Greg Hood is the Chief Commissioner of the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) —Australia’s national transport safety investigation agency. Greg has almost 40 years’ experience in the transport industry, beginning his career as an air traffic controller in the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). Greg has since had a wide range of operational, training and leadership roles across the civil aviation industry. Greg has had the unique experience of acting as Director of Aviation Safety at CASA and acting Chief Executive of Airservices Australia, before his appointment as Chief Commissioner and CEO at the ATSB.

  • Dr Ian Hosegood

    Dr Ian Hosegood
    Medical Director, QANTAS

    Ian Hosegood is the Qantas Group Medical Director, responsible for passenger and employee health across the Group Airlines and Businesses. Ian has over 25 years experience in Aviation and Occupational Medicine including both Military and Commercial Aviation Medicine as well as Aeromedical Retrieval Services. Ian's previous roles include Principal Medical Officer at CASA, Executive management positions in the Royal Flying Doctor Service and Emirates Airlines and Chief Instructor at the ADF's Institute of Aviation Medicine. He is a Board member for both ASAM and AMROA and is a member of the IATA Medical Advisory group (MAG).

  • Whitney Hughes

    Whitney Hughes
    Manager, Aviation Health Programs, QANTAS Airlines

    Whitney is the Manager, Aviation Health Programs for Qantas Airlines. At Qantas Whitney is responsible for the management of the Qantas Passenger Health programs and the Drug and Alcohol Management plan. Whitney has over 25 years experience in airlines within Australia and is a qualified paramedic. Whitney has completed the Monash University Certificate in Civil Aviation Medicine and is a member of the Australasian Medical Review Officers Association. Whitney has served on the executive committee of the Australian Resuscitation Council (NSW Branch) for over 10 years. Her passion is finding ways for passengers with medical conditions to fly safely.

  • Dr Caron Jander

    Dr Caron Jander
    Consultant Occupational Physician, Dr Caron Jander

    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 Vini Gautam Khurana

    Dr Vini Gautam Khurana
    Director, CNS Neurosurgery

    Dr Khurana is a practising neurosurgeon and licensed pilot. He has expertise in awake brain surgery, spinal reconstructive surgery including robotics, and tele-medicine. Dr Khurana is keen to contribute to the field of aerospace medicine and to facilitate the provision of medical services in remote areas (including interplanetary).

  • Dr Robert Liddell

    Dr Robert Liddell
    Medical Director, Medical Air PL

    Rob is medical director and line pilot for Medical Air a national and international air ambulance operating three Learjet 35 aircraft out of Perth Western Australia. Over his career he has worked for the RFDS in WA as medical director and pilot, Dan Air Services a UK airline as company doctor and Boeing 727 line pilot, CAA now CASA as Director of Aviation Medicine and International SOS based in Hong Kong as area medical director. He is past president of this society and a fellow of the Australasian College of Aerospace Medicine.

  • Dr Rachel MacKellar

    Dr Rachel MacKellar
    AMTP Registrar, CASA

    Rachel studied medicine at Glasgow University, graduating in 2005. She then moved to London to complete her General Practice training. After a particularly cold, wet winter in 2012, she moved to Sydney and started working in private general practice. Rachel is one of the registrars on the Aerospace Medicine Training Program and has rotated through Virgin Australia. Rachel is now the AMTP Registrar at CASA. 

  • Dr Kyoko Miura

    Dr Kyoko Miura
    Research Officer, QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute

    Kyoko is an epidemiologist and qualified nutritionist from the Cancer and Population Health Studies Group of the QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute. She completed her PhD at Queensland University of Technology in 2012.

    Her primary research interest is prevention of diet-related chronic diseases. Currently, her research focus is to identify dietary patterns that influence the development of skin cancer. In particular, she is investigating the possible protective role of omega-3 fatty acids (fish oil) against skin cancer in organ transplant recipients. She is also interested in studying how healthy eating may lower the high levels of cardiovascular disease among heart transplant recipients. Her research areas extend to health of airline pilots in relation to radiation exposure.

  • Professor Steven Moore

    Professor Steven Moore
    Professor/Deputy Dean Research, Central Queensland University

    Steven Moore obtained his PhD in biomedical engineering from the University of Sydney in 1996 prior to relocating to New York City to join the Neurology Department at Mount Sinai Medical Center as a researcher. In the 20 years spent in the US Dr Moore conducted research into the neurological effects of spaceflight with funding from NASA, with experiments aboard the space shuttle, and the Mir and the International Space Stations.

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    Dr Arthur Pape

    Dr Arthur Pape
    Director, CVDPA

    MBBS (Melb) 1969 A GP and DAME in Geelong, Arthur has had multiple publications and presentations over 35 years on the topic of the aviation colour perception standard. Despite his CVD condition, he held the CPL and Command Instrument Rating for many years. He was instrumental in three successful appeals to the AAT on the topic of the aviation colour perception standard. He founded the Colour Vision Defective Pilots Association (CVDPA) in 2012 to promote adoption of rational colour perception standards in Australasia, and beyond.

  • Dr John Parkes

    Dr John Parkes
    Honorary Fellow, University of Melbourne

    Dr John Parkes, A/FACAsM, CSC is an experienced occupational physician who runs the Occupational Colour Vision Clinic in the Department of Optometry and Vision Sciences at the University of Melbourne, where he has a comprehensive colour vision testing laboratory.  He teaches Occupational Colour Vision to Optometry students. He has conducted reviews of colour vision standards for a number of National and State organisations including Defence, rail, maritime, fire brigade and police. He is a DAME, and a member of the International Colour Vision Society. His approach combines a thorough understanding and application of colour vision testing with risk assessment.

  • Dr Kristin Roe

    Dr Kristin Roe
    Senior Medical Officer, APS

    Dr Kristin Roe is a General Practitioner working as a senior medical officer at Keswick medical centre, Keswick barracks since 2012. She is a graduate of Flinders University, a Fellow of the College of General practitioners and holds a Master’s degree in Public Health and Tropical Medicine. She completed her aviation medical officers course in 2015.

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    Dr Daya Sharma

    Dr Daya Sharma
    Ophthalmologist; Director, Eye & Laser Surgeons, Bondi Junction & Miranda, Sydney

    Dr Daya Sharma is a Corneal, Cataract & Refractive surgeon, and general ophthalmologist in Bondi Junction and Miranda in Sydney. He studied Medicine at UNSW and completed his Ophthalmology training at Sydney Eye Hospital and a Cornea/Cataract/Refractive fellowship at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London. Interests: Laser vision correction, therapeutic refractive surgery (including intrastromal corneal ring segments, topography-guided surface laser ablation, corneal cross-linking (CXL)), cataract surgery, pterygium surgery, corneal transplantation, microinvasive glaucoma surgery (MIGS). Memberships: ISRS, ASCRS, ESCRS, Cornea Society, EuCornea Scientific Reviewer: JCRS, Cornea, Ophthalmology, CEO

  • Capt. Laurie Shaw

    Capt. Laurie Shaw
    Chairman, HIMS Australia Advisory Group

    Laurie is a senior Airbus Captain with Cathay Pacific Airways based in Brisbane. He is the Australian Aircrew Officers Association (AAOA) HIMS Committee 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 associations (locally and worldwide), AvMed specialists, Addiction Medicine Specialists and CASA to establish a transparent process for medical recertification for pilots afflicted with substance use disorders. Laurie is an active Peer Monitor for pilots in recovery, assisting with their recertification process.

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    Dr Sara Souter

    Dr Sara Souter
    Group Medical Officer, Virgin Australia

    Sara is the current Group Medical Officer for Virgin Australia. Holding specialist qualifications and experience in occupational and aviation medicine, Sara has had a broad range of involvement in the aviation medicine area, in airlines, regulatory medicine, assistance, and retrieval/ air ambulance.

  • Alana Tetley

    Alana Tetley
    Medical Student (post-graduate), University of Wollongong

    Alana Tetley is a final year medical student from University of Wollongong. In her spare time, she is currently the Commanding Officer of 903 Aviation Training Squadron with the Australian Defence Force Cadets which provides aviation opportunities to Australian youth. Alana has special interests in aviation medicine, anesthetics and retrieval medicine.

  • Peter Thorpe

    Peter Thorpe
    Retired Pilot

    Peter went into flying at the age of 17 straight after completing year 12, all he ever wanted to do was fly. After gaining his commercial licence he then went on to complete his instructors rating, Instrument rating and senior commercial pilots licence. The next four years saw him instructing, charter flying, and flying coastal surveillance before settling down in Coffs Harbour as Chief Flying Instructor of Coffs Harbour Aero Club. Qantas accepted his application in 1984, and within 7 years he had a command on a 767 having just turned 30. He switched to the 747 in 2004 and then with the introduction of the A380 he spent the last 8 years of his career flying the Double Decker Bus, before retiring medically in December 2016. Throughout his career Peter has held many roles in AIPA but most recently (the last 7 years) he has been working in the welfare portfolio assisting pilots with medical retirement and loss of licence to this day.

  • Dr Sanjiv Sharma

    Dr Sanjiv Sharma
    Senior Medical Officer, Civil Aviation Safety Authority

    Sanjiv served in the Indian Air Force for more than 24 years, where he had opportunities to handle various responsibilities ranging from ‘squadron doctor’, senior medical officer, command of the aero medical training centre at Air Force Academy, and faculty at the Institute of Aerospace Medicine. He relocated to Singapore in 2011, where he was involved in conducting Aerospace Physiology and Human Factors courses for the aircrew of Republic of Singapore Air Force and other friendly air forces and Human Performance and Limitations Courses for the aircrew of Singapore Airlines and allied airlines. Currently he is a senior medical officer at the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA), Australia. 

    He is a Fellow of the Australasian College of Aerospace Medicine and the Indian Society of Aerospace Medicine; Associate Fellow of Aerospace Medical Association; and, holds membership of the International Academy of Aviation and Space Medicine, Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, Australasian Society of Aerospace Medicine, Australasian Medical Review Officers Association and Aerospace Medicine International.