Applied Fatigue and Shift Work Management

Research in this area is conducted in collaboration with industry (companies and unions) and often with government regulatory agencies. Our approach is to bring together workplace, organisational, regulatory and scientific expertise to find better solutions to the health and safety challenges that arise from fatigue and shift work. Although individual projects tend to focus on specific issues, we always seek to advance scientific knowledge and publish in the open literature. One very exciting development is the Multi-Airline Database project that currently includes data from four airlines on three continents. With this much data, it becomes possible to reveal the independent influence of sleep patterns and circadian rhythms as well as the different operational factors (such as flight timing, direction and duration, trip patterns, number of pilots on board, etc.,) that affect pilot fatigue.

Sleep/Wake Research Centre reports are available on request, subject to approval by the organisation that commissioned the work.