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DAME newsletter - November 2018
Date of publication:
30 November 2018
From Peter Clem, Acting Principal Medical Officer
AvMed welcomed our newest medical officer towards the end of October. Dr Ganesh Anbalagan, a postgraduate in Aerospace Medicine with interest in Occupational Medicine, brings a wealth of experience as an aeromedical examiner for CASA, the US Federal Aviation Administration and the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore. We are very thankful to have him on board.
In other news, following recent changes in medical certification, the DAME Handbook has had a facelift.
If there are any issues or matters that you would like raised with me, please feel free to get in touch. And, as this is our last DAME newsletter for 2018, best wishes for the holiday season.
Expected vacancies: Principal Medical Officer and Senior Medical Officer – Aviation Medicine
We are anticipating that we will have two vacancies within our AvMed section later this year. These are expected to be for our Principal Medical Officer and Senior Medical Officer roles.
As our Principal Medical Officer, you would be CASA’s principal aviation medicine specialist and lead a team of medical officers.
As a Senior Medical Officer, you would be responsible for undertaking medical assessments and working up complex cases for panel discussion. Your responsibilities would also include setting, maintaining and monitoring aviation medical standards, practices and procedures – as well as related duties including training examiners and addressing public health and occupational medicine issues within the aviation industry.
If you are interested in applying for either of these roles, keep an eye on the careers section on our website to see when the vacancies are advertised over the coming weeks.
Alternatively, you can submit an application for a Senior Medical Officer opportunity now, via our Senior Medical Officer Register of interest.
If you have any questions about these roles or would like more information, please contact our Client Services Centre Manager Mark Sullivan on 02 6217 1630.
On the spot Class 2 aviation medical certification
Earlier this year, all DAMEs were offered the facility to assess and issue a Class 2 medical certificate on the spot, without automatically referring it to CASA. This change greatly increased the opportunities for practitioners to be involved in the medical certification process and has benefits for both doctor and applicant. Of course, you will always have the option to refer an application to CASA – if you choose to do so.
View the instrument of delegation.
Online eLearning to help DAMEs assess applications
You can access our comprehensive eLearning online training module through your Medical Records System (MRS) logon, in CASA’s AviationWorx web portal. This means you can complete the training from anywhere, at any time.
The eLearning module will give you the foundational information you need to know to assess an applicant, such as:
- how to conduct an aeromedical risk assessment
- criteria for meeting the regulatory standard
- how to issue a medical certificate
- appeal options.
The eLearning module also links to the DAME Handbook and Clinical Practice Guidelines, which are already available to you all on MRS. It demonstrates and explains the changes to MRS that are a result of this change in the rules and some other improvements that we are introducing to make MRS more responsive.
The eLearning module and questionnaire will form part of your annual DAME CPD program. We encourage all DAMEs to complete the eLearning module by the end of March 2019.
Current DAME Assessor numbers
Current DAME Assessor numbers are as follows:
- 178 DAME assessors (includes previous DAME 2s and DAME assessors)
- 171 DAMEs have completed the eLearning module
788 DAME certificates have been issued since 3 April 2018.
Medical processing times
Throughout November, 83 per cent of medical certificates were issued within AvMed’s service delivery target of 20 business days, with the average time being 11.4 days.
As of Monday 19 November, we had 1,305 open medicals. Of these, 604 required more information from the applicants before they could be processed.
Aviation Medical processing in the lead up to the holiday period
Avmed will be processing applications right up until 24 December, however please note that only applications received in full by 7 December will be actioned before Christmas.