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DAME newsletter - October 2018
Date of publication:
26 October 2018
From Peter Clem, Acting Principal Medical Officer
As you are probably aware, there has been a changing of the guard here at AvMed. Dr Drane has taken up an Airline Medical Officer role with Air New Zealand. I would like to take this opportunity to thank him for his service to CASA and wish him all the best with the important work he will undertake in this new position. I will be Acting Principal Medical Officer until a permanent replacement for Dr Drane is recruited.
AvMed will also be welcoming 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. Dr Ganesh is making the move to Australia to take up a position with CASA and we are very much looking forward to having him on board.
Given the recent changes in medical certification, AvMed has been busy revising the DAME Handbook. Our editorial and web teams are working on the final touches as we speak. We hope to be announcing the release of the new Handbook on our website by the next edition of this newsletter.
Many of you have completed the online DAME training module and are currently exercising your delegations as DAME Assessors. To support you in this role, CASA has created several letter templates which you can use when undertaking your Accredited Medical Conclusion (AMC). These letter templates are available in ‘letter editor’ under the MAR tab in the online Medical Records System (MRS). Examples of the available templates include requests for further information (for multiple conditions), clearance and grounding letters. These templates are designed to assist you in your work and to document how decisions were arrived at.
I encourage those of you who haven’t yet completed the DAME Assessor training to do so. Even if you are not intending to Issue Class 2 Medical Certificates, the online module is still a useful resource and will earn you CPD credit. Details of how to access the system are below.
For those DAMEs out there who are exercising AMC delegations, I would also recommend a read of the International Civil Aviation Organization Manual of Civil Aviation Medicine – Part 1 Licensing Practices. Reading this part is helpful in understanding and performing this role.
If there are any issues or matters that you would like raised with me, please feel free to get in touch.
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 the comprehensive eLearning online training module through your 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 and appeal options. It also links to the DAME Handbook and Clinical Practice Guidelines, which are already available to you all on MRS. It will demonstrate and explain 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:
- 175 DAME assessors (includes previous DAME 2s and DAME assessors)
- 164 DAMEs have completed the eLearning module
- 651 DAME certificates have been issued since 3 April 2018
Tip to help reduce delays in applications
To assist AvMed in processing applications and avoid any possible delays, please submit the application within five days of completing the medical examination. We also ask you to upload all available reports when the initial application is submitted, recognising exceptions such as waiting for age related tests to come through.
Aviation Medical processing in the lead up to the holiday period
Avmed will be processing applications right up until 24 December however only applications received in full by 7 December will be actioned before Christmas.
Aviation medicine contact details
The AvMed line is available each business day from 08:30-17:00 AEST.
You can also contact our Aviation Medicine team through a range of other channels.
To ensure that the appropriate action or advice is given by our team, please direct your query to the relevant email address:
- firstname.lastname@example.org - general enquiries about an application
- avmed.ITsupport@casa.gov.au - technical enquiries about MRS
- email@example.com - enquiries relating to applications currently before the complex case panel, or if you have a particular concern and want to liaise with a CASA doctor
- Dame.firstname.lastname@example.org - enquiries regarding your DAME designation or questions about your DAME requirements.