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DAME newsletter - August 2019
Date of publication:
13 September 2019
From Ganesh Anbalagan, Acting Principal Medical Officer
August was an exciting month for AvMed. We welcomed Dr Caron Jander and Dr Patricia Beresford to the team as senior medical officers. They spent most of the month in Canberra with the team being inducted into their roles in CASA. Eventually, Dr Jander will be located in Sydney and Dr Beresford in Brisbane. This means AvMed will be distributed across Australia, with Dr Liz Ryan and Dr Aparna Hegde holding up the west.
We would like to express our immense gratitude to Dr Liz Ryan, Dr Aparna Hegde and Dr David Fitzgerald for all their support to AvMed over the past six months while we were working to recruit new doctors. They have been instrumental in supporting the team and we look forward to their ongoing support into the future.
Dr Sharma will be attending the International Congress of Aviation and Space Medicine (ICASM) in Hungary this month and presenting An Antipodean view of substance use among aviation personnel. Judging by the program, it will be an eventful few days.
We look forward to seeing you all at the Australasian Society of Aerospace Medicine (ASAM) in a couple of weeks.
New learning platform – AviationWorx
CASA has recently switched over to a new platform for AviationWorx. In order to use the platform, you need to register via the myCASA portal for an AviationWorx profile using the email associated with your Medical Records System (MRS) login. This will ensure you are matched to the right profile and Aviation Reference Number (ARN). Instructions on how to create a profile are below.
If you have not completed our online module, CASA update and Class 2 Medical Certification, you will need to create an account and complete the module and knowledge assessment.
If you would like to exercise the delegation to issue class 2 medical certificates on the spot, please ensure you download your transcript following completion and send a copy of it to our DAME liaison at email@example.com. We will then respond with the final steps to activate that access for you in MRS.
Create a myCASA profile
- Go to the Online services section on the CASA website.
- Click on myCASA portal.
- Create an account using the email account associated with your DAME registration or MRS login. This will ensure that your account is linked to your ARN.
- Click on AviationWorx to access eLearning.
- Click on Goals Catalogue to find the Aviation Medical course. It will be added to your goal centre in your profile dashboard.
- Click on the module to launch.
Once you’ve completed the module and the knowledge assessment, you will be able to download a transcript of your course.
If you get stuck there are also AviationWorx User Guides available through the portal. These will show you how to navigate through the dashboard and access certificates and your training transcript.
2019 ASAM DAME Training Program
This intensive nine-day course will be held from Saturday 9 November to Sunday 17 November in Brisbane, Queensland. It will cover the competencies set out by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) for training DAMEs. It is a highly interactive course, with only 15 delegates, and employs adult learning principles.
For further information on the course please contact ASAM directly:
- Phone: 03 9818 0088
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Statistics for August 2019
A total of 2,492 medical certificates were issued during the month of August.
- DAME issued certificates: 124
- CASA auto issued certificates: 668
- CASA assessor issued certificates: 1,700
During the month of August 2019, 78.2% of all applications were completed within 20 business days, with an average processing time of 12.7 days for all classes.
- Class 1: 81.9% completed within 20 business days (average 10.2 days)
- Class 2: 66.3% completed within 20 business days (average 21.1 days)
- Class 3: 68.9% completed within 20 business days (average 13.6 days)
Contact with AvMed increased during August with 2,590 inbound calls and 1,951 emails received.
As of 31 August, there are 210 DAME assessors. This includes previous DAME2 and current DAME assessors. A total of 227 DAMEs have completed the eLearning module.
So far, 1,687 DAME certificates have been issued since 3 April 2018.