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Information for DAME, DAO, CO and medical specialists
After receiving COVID-19 vaccination, aviation duties should not be undertaken for a minimum of 24 hours after each dose of vaccination.
As stated in the CASA clinical practice guidelines, this waiting period is similar to and required after receiving any other vaccination/immunisation. In the absence of any side-effects 24 hours after vaccination, the licence holder can resume flying or controlling duties. Should the licence holder feel unwell beyond the 24 hours after vaccination, the pilot or the controller should not fly or control until their symptoms have resolved and/or they have been cleared to return to aviation duties by their doctor or DAME.
New Austroads standard medical - Basic Class 2
Changes to the aviation medical certification system from July 2018 allow any medical practitioner to assess applicants against the Austroads commercial driving standard for some simple types of private flying. If applicants meet the standard, they will be issued with a Basic Class 2 medical certificate by CASA.
Applicants for the Austroads standard medical will present with CASA application forms that must be completed and retained by the medical practitioner. The forms follow the format of the Austroads commercial driver standard.
If a pilot does not meet the Austroads commercial driving standard, they may still be able to apply for another class of medical certificate through CASA, where they will be assessed in further detail by a Designated Aviation Medical Examiner (DAME).
Read more about our classes of medical certificates.
Aerospace Medicine Professionals
Designated aviation medical practitioners (DAMEs) are practitioners approved to perform medical examinations to meet the provisions of the Civil Aviation Act 1988, the Civil Aviation Regulations 1988 and the Civil Aviation Safety Regulations 1998.
Designated Aviation Ophthalmologists (DAOs) are approved to conduct eye examinations. Both DAMEs and DAOs are responsible to the CASA Principal Medical Officer, who oversees the administration of the DAME and DAO systems. DAMEs and DAOs/CO conduct medical examinations for approximately 30,000 pilots and 1,000 air traffic controllers each year.
In order to meet CASA's needs and the needs of applicants who are distant from regular examiners for medical certification, appropriately qualified individual practitioners may also be permitted, as needed, to undertake the duties of DAMEs and DAOs.
Some optometrists are also approved to perform all those examinations usually carried out by DAOs. These practitioners are known as Credentialed Optometrists (COs).
The role of the DAME is complex and involves many aspects of aviation medicine including:
- To personally examine an applicant for medical certification
- To discuss with the applicant their medical history and record in the medical examination
- To refer for follow up testing as required
- To send all of the relevant information to CASA in a reasonable period (usually not more than 14 days from examination)
- To respond to questions from Applicants about illness/medical conditions
- To issue certificates for fitness to return to flying
Information in this section aims to provide specific resources and generally assist all DAMEs, DAOs and COs in their duties.
DAME handbook references
DAMEs should ensure they are familiar with all the content in the DAME Handbook. The DAME Handbook has been developed by CASA to provide information to DAMEs to help them understand and provide guidance regarding the general approach CASA takes in dealing with a range of medical conditions.
Please note some of the following key areas pertinent to assessing applicants for aviation medical certificates:
- Submitting medical examinations to CASA - Chapter 2.4
- Age requirements reference chart - Chapter 4.4
- Coronary heart risk factor prediction chart - Chapter 4.4
- Requirements for Class 1 over 60 year old ATPL applicants - Chapter 4.4
- What a DAME/DAO must report to CASA - Chapter 2.4
Submission of completed application in MRS to CASA: 5 days
Submission of medical report to CASA: 1 day
Applicant to maintain certificate expiry date: Attend medical examination within 28 days of medical certificate expiry
Validity of periodic tests (Routine tests as per schedule): 90 days
Pregnancy – Automatic suspension: end of 30th week gestation
Change in medical condition:
- DAME report to CASA: 5 days
- Class 1 report to DAME / CASA: 7 days
- Class 2 & 3 report to DAME / CASA: 30 days
- Reconsideration: from receipt of decision: 21 days
- Appeal to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal: from receipt of decision: 28 days
Changes to your DAME contact details
One of the requirements of designation with CASA is that you notify us of any changes to your contact details.
This includes any change in your location, email, fax or phone numbers. If they do change, please let us know immediately. Failure to do this will mean that you may miss out on important information from CASA.
If you move and we are unable to contact you, your file will be marked inactive and your name removed from our list of DAMES as published on this website.