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DAME newsletter - June 2019
Date of publication:
10 July 2019
From Sanjiv Sharma, Acting Principal Medical Officer
It's half-way through the year already and things certainly haven't slowed down for AvMed. Compared to last year, there has been a nearly fifty per cent increase in the number of applications received for initial medical certificates. However, to the credit of each member of our AvMed team, both in Canberra and elsewhere, the number of files we have pending and awaiting processing is the lowest it's been in several years.
On 1 July we welcomed Dr Rachel MacKellar, who will be undertaking a 12-month rotation with CASA as part of the Aerospace Medicine Training Program (AMTP). Rachel joins us having completed her rotation with Virgin Australia. We also bid adieu to Dr Michael Boissezon, who has completed his time with CASA and now moved on to his rotation at Qantas. We would like to wish Michael all the very best for his next rotation – he will certainly be missed.
Vale Dr Malcolm Hoare
AvMed and CASA are saddened by the news of Dr Malcolm Hoare's passing. Dr Hoare provided outstanding service in the area of aviation medicine. Dr Hoare's first posting with the Royal Australian Air Force was in 1959 in Melbourne. He took up general practice and regular work as a DAME in 1967 from his new home in Western Australia and later re-joined the RAAF to assist with training the replacement Senior Medical Officer. He served as a DAME for 48 years before retiring in 2015 due to poor health. His contributions and service were immense. Our heartfelt condolences to Dr Hoare's family.
Colour vision assessments – Class 1, 2 and 3 medical certificates
There have been a few instances that have come to our attention where DAME/DAOs have referred an initial applicant for a Class 3 medical certificate for further colour vision assessment after failing the Ishihara PIP colour vision test.
Please note that new applicants for Class 3 medical certification are required to pass the Ishihara PIP colour vision test. No additional or alternative colour vision testing is available for applicants for a Class 3 medical certificate, in accordance with sub-regulation 67.160(6) of the Civil Aviation Safety Regulations 1998.
This is unlike the option of the Farnsworth Lantern test for Class 1 medical certification, where an applicant who fails that test can be offered the Colour Assessment and Diagnosis (CAD) test.
Applicants for Class 2 medical certificates who fail the Ishihara PIP colour vision test can be issued the medical certificate with the condition Limited to flights by Day Visual Flight Rules (Day VFR) only. Applicants who fail the Ishihara PIP colour vision test but want to gain an unrestricted Class 2 medical certificate will need to pass the Farnsworth Lantern.
Class 1 and Class 2 applicants who fail the Farnsworth Lantern test are to be referred for the CAD test.
Note: Colour vision testing for Class 1 and 2 applicants is to follow the following sequence:
- Pseudoisochromatic Plates (Ishihara PIP)
- Farnsworth lantern test (FALANT)
- Colour Assessment and Diagnosis (CAD) test.
This is in accordance with the following subregulations of the Civil Aviation Safety Regulations 1998:
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Statistics for June 2019
A total of 2086 new applications were received during June 2019.
- Class 1 applications: 1530
- Class 2 applications: 505
- Class 3 applications: 51
A total of 2345 medical certificates were issued during the month of June 2019.
- DAME issued certificates: 100
- CASA auto issued certificates: 716
- CASA Assessor issued certificates: 1529
During the month of June 2019, 82.2% of all applications were completed within 20 business days, with an average processing time of 10.7 days for all classes.
- Class 1: 84.8% completed within 20 business days (average 8.3 days)
- Class 2: 74.0% completed within 20 business days (average 18.6 days)
- Class 3: 75.5% completed within 20 business days (average 12.1 days)
We also received a total of 2444 phone calls into our AvMed phone lines.
As of 30 June 2019, there are 207 DAME assessors. This includes previous DAME2 and current DAME assessors. A total of 220 DAMEs have completed the eLearning module.
So far, 1519 DAME certificates have been issued since 3 April 2018.
If you'd like more information about the eLearning module, please contact DAME Liaison on firstname.lastname@example.org.