Conjoint Associate Professor Pooshan Navathe
Conjoint Associate Professor
School of Medicine and Public Health
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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. He continues to maintain his clinical currency, even as he works as the Director Medical Services for the Maitland and Lower Hunter Hospitals . He describes his role as that of a Senior Staff Specialist in safety, quality, and system integrity. 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.
Over a clinical career lasting over three decades, Pooshan has worked on several internally and externally (Grant) funded research projects. While the grants total up to about a million dollars, much of the work was done as task directives within the organisations that Pooshan has worked for. His strong international reputation is supported by publications in pre-eminent journals in aviation medicine and his Fellowships and Memberships of premier international bodies such as the Aerospace Medical Association, The Royal Aeronautical Society, and the International Academy of Aviation and Space Medicine. He has contributed to or led nearly 50 departmental projects of varying magnitude and significance. He has also written book chapters and contributed to several papers and conference presentations and sessions including as Chair. His definition of spatial disorientation, and his approach to evidence based clinical aeromedical decision making are among those academic achievements that have led the world in those areas. He brings to his research a difficult balance – a combination of academic purity, scientific rigour, and real world pragmatism.
Pooshan has a strong educational emphasis in his practice, and his degree in education has been supplemented by over two decades as a teacher in Universities and Professional colleges. He has demonstrated leadership in education by participating and chairing the education committees of most professional colleges that he has worked with – an interest that he continues to maintain in spite of his busy schedule. He has supervised, and continues to supervise students for the grant of MD degrees, for a Masters in Health Science (by research) degree, and for trainees in occupational medicine, aviation medicine and medical leadership.
After completing a PhD in the effects of acclimatization on psychomotor performance at altitude, Pooshan has worked on spatial disorientation, and on the aeromedical decision making of diverse subjects ranging from cardiology, neurology, to urology, and diabetes. He has worked on risk assessment and risk management, and is currently pursuing a PhD in the management of risk and uncertainty in clinical aeromedical decision making. His current research Interests are Clinical reasoning, evidence based clinical decision making, impact of quality projects on medical practice, assessment of medical education & professional competence, medical ethics, and health services research.
Pooshan has been a post- graduate teacher for over two decades, with appointments across India, New Zealand and Australia. More recently, he has been involved in the teaching and mentoring of undergraduate medical students.
- Doctor of Medicine, Bangalore University - India
- Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery, University of Pune - India
- Bachelor of Education, Annamalai University - India
- Doctor of Philosophy, University of Delhi - India
- Diploma in Occupational Medicine, University of Auckland - NZ
- Diploma of Aviation Safety Regulation, Swinburne University of Technology
- Master of Business Administration, Australian National University
- Aviation Medicine
- Medical Education
- Occupational Medicine
- Hindi (Mother)
- English (Mother)
- Maori (New Zealand) (Working)
- Punjabi (Fluent)
- Bengali (Working)
- Nepali (Fluent)
Fields of Research
|110399||Clinical Sciences not elsewhere classified||100|
|Dates||Title||Organisation / Department|
|27/07/2010 - 12/01/2015||Associate Professor||Australian National University
|1/01/2010 - 1/01/2015||Clinical Senior Lecturer||Wellington School of Medicine (Otago UNiversity)
|27/06/2006 - 12/01/2010||Clinical Senior Lecturer (and Course Director)||Wellington School of Medicine (Otago UNiversity)
|11/11/2003 - 11/11/2007||Senior Lecturer||The University of Auckland
|Dates||Title||Organisation / Department|
|12/01/2015 -||Director Medical Services||Hunter New England Health
|27/02/2008 - 12/01/2015||Principal Medical Officer||Civil Aviation Safety Authority
|20/06/2001 - 27/02/2008||Senior Medical Officer||Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand
John A Tamisea Award
Civil Aviation Medical Association (USA)
For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.
Chapter (2 outputs)
|2016||Navathe P, 'The role and scope of psychological testing in risk reduction', Pilot Mental Health Assessment and Support: A Practitioner's Guide, Routledge, Oxon & New York., Routledge, Oxon, NY (2016)|
Gomez G, Griffiths R, Navathe P, 'Concept maps as replacements of written essays in efficient assessment of complex medical knowledge', Cases on Teaching Critical Thinking through Visual Representation Strategies 223-271 (2014)
Â© 2014, IGI Global. Marking efficiency and timely student feedback are two aspects of assessment that may be greatly improved with concept maps (cmaps), if student learning style... [more]
Â© 2014, IGI Global. Marking efficiency and timely student feedback are two aspects of assessment that may be greatly improved with concept maps (cmaps), if student learning style preference for more traditional approaches can be overcome. A semester-long exploratory case study was designed and performed in a distance aviation medicine course. This involved participant observations, interviews, and task analysis to investigate cmaps' claimed advantages for meaningful learning. The results showed that cmaps could be suitable replacements of written essays in the assessment of complex medical conceptual knowledge. Both present similar strengths and weaknesses; however, cmaps are faster to mark, and quickly reveal student understanding of a particular topic. The discussion of results is informed by relevant literature on concept mapping (cmapping) in medical education, assessment for deep understanding, and learning styles. This research can benefit online postgraduate education programmes searching for alternatives to improve the assessment process.
Journal article (16 outputs)
Vuorio A, Laukkala T, Navathe P, Budowle B, Bor R, Sajantila A, 'Bipolar Disorder in Aviation Medicine', AEROSPACE MEDICINE AND HUMAN PERFORMANCE, 88 42-47 (2017)
Laukkala T, Bor R, Budowle B, Sajantila A, Navathe P, Sainio M, Vuorio A, 'Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and Fatal Accidents in Aviation Medicine', AEROSPACE MEDICINE AND HUMAN PERFORMANCE, 88 871-875 (2017)
Clem PA, Navathe PD, Drane MA, 'Identifying pilots with parkinson's disease', Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance, 87 545-549 (2016)
Â© by the Aerospace Medical Association, Alexandria, VA. BACKGROUND: In 2012 the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare produced a report titled 'Dementia in Australia.&a... [more]
Â© by the Aerospace Medical Association, Alexandria, VA. BACKGROUND: In 2012 the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare produced a report titled 'Dementia in Australia.'2 The report noted that the number of people with dementia in Australia would reach almost 400,000 by 2020. Australia is a jurisdiction which does not impose a mandatory retirement age for pilots. With an aging population it was hypothesized that conditions such as Parkinson's disease (PD) were likely to be seen more commonly by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA). It was decided that this was an appropriate time to retrospectively study the data held by CASA. METHODS: An interrogation of CASA databases was undertaken. Data was produced comparing percentage of Class 1 certificate holders over 60 yr of age against time. A cohort of pilots and controllers with PD was identified. The history of the cases was reviewed. RESULTS: The study confirms that the pilot population is aging in line with population trends. Over a period from 1992 to 2012, 22 cases of pilots and controllers with PD were identified. DISCUSSION: The study confirmed that PD will be of increased relevance over the next decade. Gaps between policy and practice managing past cases were identified. Updated guidelines have been published aiming to address the deficiencies identified in the study. Historically pilots and controllers have been able to maintain certification for an average of 3.75 yr. This information should be of benefit to clinicians, pilots, and controllers when considering occupation and treatment options.
Vuorio A, Laukkala T, Navathe P, Budowle B, Eyre A, Sajantila A, 'On doctors' accountability and flight deck safety', CROATIAN MEDICAL JOURNAL, 56 385-386 (2015) [C3]
Michael A, Drane C, Navathe P, Clem P, 'Aeromedical Certification of Aircrew and Controllers with Renal Calculi', AVIATION SPACE AND ENVIRONMENTAL MEDICINE, 84 1074-1081 (2013)
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