Dr Adam Fletcher is an advisor to numerous organisations within Australia and overseas. Since his return from the U.S. in early 2006 he has been focused on developing, implementing, and reviewing fatigue-related safety programs, with an emphasis on risk-based systems, for clients in 24/7 industries. Past and current clients for whom Adam has provided specialist safety and fatigue management-related consulting services include the Qantas Group, BHP Billiton, Airservices Australia, and the Victorian Department of Sustainability and Environment (Land and Fire Management).
Adam was previously employed as a specialist Research Psychologist working for the US Army, funded by a program aimed at better understanding how sleep deprivation affects operational performance and safety. Prior to that, Adam was a Senior Research Fellow at the University of South Australia’s Centre for Sleep Research where he spent over 10 years as a student and staff member. He has graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree (with Honours) from the University of Adelaide and a research Ph.D. from the University of South Australia, in which he investigated the measurement and prediction of work-related fatigue.
Using algorithms from his Ph.D. efforts the hours of work-related fatigue prediction software FAID® has been developed by the Australian company InterDynamics Pty Ltd under a licence agreement with the University of South Australia.
In 2001, Dr Fletcher was awarded the Young Achiever of the Year for South Australia by the National Australia Day Council. In 2002, Adam was named as Youth Governor by the South Australian Government. In 2004, he received a Young Tall Poppy Science Award from the Australian Institute of Political Science. These honours were presented for both his scientific and community contributions. Adam has previously fulfilled invitations to speak at institutions including: NASA, the Harvard Medical School, the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, and the United States Department of Transport in Washington, D.C.
- Fletcher, A. (2010). Staying safe in the jungles of Borneo: Five studies of fatigue and cultural issues in remote mining projects. Industrial Health, 48(4): 406-415.
- Fletcher, A. & Yates, R. (2010). Managing risks related to fatigue: Factors to consider for effective systems to improve safety and efficiency. Australasian Mine Safety, 2: 68-70.
- Fletcher, A. & Yates, R. (2009). Considering the ‘risk’ in Fatigue Risk Management: An integrated approach to managing fatigue and improving safety and efficiency. Australasian Mine Safety; 2(7): 79-80.
- Stewart, S., Brown, D., Turner, C., Bond, S. & Fletcher, A. (2009). Fatigue Risk Management Integrated within an Airline Management System. 2009 International Conference on Fatigue Management in Transportation Operations, Boston.
- Bohle, P., Di Milia, L., Fletcher, A. & Rajaratnam, S. (2008). Introduction: aging and the multifaceted influences on adaptation to working time. Chronobiology International, 25(2):155-64.
- Dorrian, Roach, Fletcher & Dawson. Simulated train driving: fatigue, self-awareness and cognitive disengagement. Applied Ergonomics, 2007; 38(2): 155-66.
- Kandelaars, Fletcher, Eitzen, Roach & Dawson. Layover sleep prediction for cockpit crews during transmeridian flight patterns. Aviation, Space & Environmental Medicine, 2006; 77(2): 145-50.
- Fletcher, McCulloch, Baulk & Dawson. Countermeasures to driver fatigue: a review of public awareness campaigns and legal approaches. Australia and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 2005; 29: 471-6.
- Roach, Lamond, Dorrian, Burgess, Holmes, Fletcher, McCulloch & Dawson. Changes in the concentration of urinary 6-sulphatoxymelatonin during a week of simulated night work. Industrial Health, 2005; 43(1): 193-6.
- Roach, Fletcher & Dawson. A model to predict work-related fatigue based on hours of work. Aviation, Space & Environmental Medicine, 2004; 75(3 Suppl): A61-9; discussion A70-4.
- Fletcher & Dawson. Evaluation of a fatigue model using data from published napping studies. Journal of Human Ergology (Tokyo), 2001; 30(1-2): 279-85.
- Fletcher & Dawson. A quantitative model of work-related fatigue: empirical evaluations. Ergonomics, 2001; 44(5): 475-88.
- Dawson & Fletcher. A quantitative model of work-related fatigue: background and definition. Ergonomics, 2001; 44(2): 144-63.