The next level in human performance

About me & Contact

Ian Dunican (MineEng, MBA,GCASSc,BA) has twenty years international professional experience in Project Management, Health and Safety and Fatigue Risk Management Systems (FRMS) in military, mining, oil and gas. He is the Director of Sleep4Performance, an expert consultancy for FRMS and operations, and a researcher at the University of Western Australia (UWA), where he works with elite sporting organisations for optimisation of performance and recovery. He is currently the adviser to the Western Force and has worked with combat sports at the Australian Institute of Sport and the Perth Wildcats. Ian has led and guided the improvement of FRMS in a range of diverse mining locations including Mozambique, Canada, USA, Australia and Mongolia, in his role as the Global Principal Adviser for Rio Tinto for Fatigue/Human Performance. His consultancy organisation, Sleep4Performance, is focused on supporting predominantly mining, oil and gas companies in the effective and safe management of shifts and rosters. Clients include South 32, Karara Mining, Peabody and BroadSpectrum. He is highly experienced in utilising biomathematical models to assess risk associated with FIFO/DIDO and Residential rosters, integration of technology, optimisation of rosters and shift length for productivity improvements and health and safety data support.

He is the founding Chair and previously, from 2012-2015 the Co-Chair Special Interest Group (SIG) Occupational, Health, Safety & Performance, of the Australasian Sleep Association (ASA). He is a regular invited reviewer for peer reviewed scientific journals, and a regular keynote, invited speaker and chair at universities and international conferences in mining, oil and gas. Conferences include the International Council of Minerals and Metals (ICMM), Australian Journal of Mining and the Sleep Down Under, Australasian Sleep Association.

He has made numerous media appearances on radio, television, podcasts, papers and magazines such as Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Channel 9 and 7, Financial Review in relation to shiftwork, fatigue and optimisation of recovery for elite athletes. Mr Dunican will play an integral role in relationship building and negotiation, study leadership and management, research strategy and interpretation of findings.

Educational background 

  • PhD, “Sleep and Performance in elite contact and combat athletes” -2017
  • Master Degree, Mining Engineering (MMineEng): University of New South Wales.
  • Master Degree of Business Administration (MBA): Curtin University.
  • Graduate Certificate in Adult Sleep Science (GCASSc):University of Western Australia.
  • Bachelor of Arts;Training and Development (BA): Curtin University.
  • Advanced Diploma of Occupational Health, Safety and Training.
  • Diploma in Training and Assessment Systems.
  • Diploma in Business Management.

I enjoy training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu at the Acadmey of Mixed Martial Arts in Perth, WA . In addition, I enjoy trail running with over 15 completed ultra marathons including the Leadville 100miler (27hrs 42m) and a 7 time finisher at the Ultra Trail Australia 100km.



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