A respected and thought-leading figure in the field of aerospace medicine (including space medicine) in Australia over two decades, with experience and achievements in a wide variety of aerospace roles including military, civilian and regulatory aerospace medicine.
Gordon is a Fellow of the Australasian College of Aerospace Medicine and is a co-founder and Medical Director. He is concurrently Head of Training at the RAAF Institute of Aviation Medicine having accrued 26 years of experience with humans in the high-performance environment of military flying.
Gordon was Space Medicine and Life Sciences Lead in the Office of the Chief Technology Officer on secondment from RAAF at the Australian Space Agency 2020 - 2021. Gordon has previously worked in aeromedical certification with the Civil Aviation Safety Authority and as a civilian aviation medical examiner and has himself previously flown as a private pilot. He holds a clinical academic appointment at the University of Adelaide and is a Professor in the Practice of Space Medicine at the Australian National University. He has established Space Medicine training programs for the Australasian Society of Aerospace Medicine and the University of Tasmania as part of the Healthcare of Remote and Extreme Environments Program. He holds multiple Fellowships of professional aerospace organisations in Australia and internationally including the Aerospace Medical Association, the International Academy of Aviation and Space Medicine, the Australasian Society of Aerospace Medicine and the Royal Aeronautical Society. In 2015 he was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for contributions to aerospace medicine.
A proven track record of success: Australia’s leading expert in the delivery of aerospace medicine training and education to medical students, doctors, aircrew, and others at the Australian Centre of Excellence in aerospace medicine (the Royal Australian Air Force Institute of Aviation Medicine), and at other academic institutions; the pre-eminent exponent of Space Medicine and Life Sciences in Australia, handpicked for secondment as the first doctor to work with the Australian Space Agency and to Chair the Australian Academy of Science’s Space Health and Life Sciences Working Group; a sought after speaker and engaging communicator regularly asked to present to a range of professional groups and conferences on space medicine; professional leadership in advancing the specialty of aerospace medicine in Australia; corporate experience in both professional organisations and private industry; a proven track record of scientific publications and presentations.
Proudest career achievements include: reshaping aerospace medicine training for ADF medical officers; collaboration on the development of innovative altitude training techniques for RAAF aircrew; leading positive organisational change as President of the Australasian Society of Aerospace Medicine from 2001-2007; founding Fellow and an inaugural director of the Australasian College of Aerospace Medicine in 2011; establishing space medicine educational opportunities for the first time in Australia; successful advocacy for the recognition of space life sciences as a critical area of endeavour for the new Australian Space Agency.