S1 Ep 001: An Introduction

With special guest: Ian Dunican, Director of Sleep4Performance

In this episode, we introduce myself (the host) Ian Dunican and the podcast Sleep4Performance.

Host Bio

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 WA mining companies in the effective and safe management of shifts and rosters. Clients include South 32, Karara Mining, Peabody and BroadSpectrum.

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 regularly 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.

Goals of this Podcast are to 

  • Educate our listeners about sleep science and the benefits to recovery and performance.
  • Expand my own knowledge and this who listen (point 1)
  • Entertain our listeners to the cool and fun aspects of sleep science and how different people and organisations optimise sleep.

Upcoming guest

  • Elite level athletes including Rugby, Basketball, MMA, Judo
  • Coaches and managers
  • Physiologist, scientist, strength coaches, nutritionist etc.
  • Researchers, laboratory and applied.
  • Leaders of industry from mining, oil, gas, rail and transportation.
  • Medical aspects of sleep with sleep disorder physicians and specialists.


I am really excited about doing the podcast and meeting all these great people. As I confirm guests, I will let you know so you can keep an eye out for the release of these. You can also sign up to the newsletter from sleep4performance released every month, 2-week spacing. Regular posts on Twitter and every 2-3 days on Facebook. I hope you enjoy the upcoming shows.