Associate Professor David Newman
MBBS, DAvMed, MBA, PhD, FRAeS, FAsMA, FACAsM, FAICD, FAIM
Head, Aviation Medicine Unit
David graduated from the Faculty of Medicine at Monash University in 1989. His 13 years as an aviation medicine specialist in the Royal Australian Air Force, in both Australia and the UK, included two years as Chief Instructor at the RAAF Institute of Aviation Medicine. He completed the USAF Aerospace Medicine Primary Course at Brooks AFB, Texas, and the Diploma in Aviation Medicine from the Royal College of Physicians of London. In 2000 he completed his PhD in aviation physiology, and in 2013 he gained an MBA from Deakin University.
He is a Fellow of the Aerospace Medical Association, the Royal Aeronautical Society and the Australasian College of Aerospace Medicine. During his career he has received 10 national and international awards, including the Stewart Memorial Prize from the RAF School of Aviation Medicine in 1997, the Royal Aeronautical Society’s 2000 Buchanon-Barbour Award for outstanding contributions to civil or military aviation medicine, the 2000 Arnold D. Tuttle Award from the Aerospace Medical Association (AsMA) for significant research contribution to aerospace medicine. He received the A. Howard Hasbrook award from the Life Sciences and Biomedical Engineering Branch of AsMA in 2012 in recognition of his long-term contributions to safety, survivability or crashworthiness relevant to aircraft or space vehicles.
In 2014 he became the first Australian to receive AsMA's prestigious John Paul Stapp Award. This award is given to recognise outstanding contributions in the field of aerospace biomechanics and to promote progress in protection from injury resulting from ejection, vibration and impact.
An active pilot, David has flown a wide variety of civil and military fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft, including some 150 hours in such high performance fighters as the F/A-18 Hornet, the Hawk and the Harrier. David is coordinating the Australian Certificate of Aviation Medicine course which is run by this Department.