Designated aviation medical examiner (DAME) conditions of appointment

Conditions of appointment under Civil Aviation Safety Regulations Part 67

  1. Designation is for a maximum period of 4 years unless earlier terminated, and is renewable.
  2. Designation is terminated if the aviation medical examiner ceases to practise in the locality for which he/she is designated, fails to meet recency of practice requirements or fails to undertake relevant continuing professional development.
  3. Designation does not extend to the DAME's partners, assistants or locums unless written consent from the CASA Director of Aviation Medicine/Principal Medical Officer is obtained in advance of the requirement.
  4. The DAME is required:
    1. to conduct himself/herself in a professional manner and in accordance with the Australian Medical Association's Code of Ethics (details of which are available from the Association's website)
    2. to be satisfied as to the identity of each applicant
    3. to examine personally each application presenting for examination
    4. to devote such time and skill to the examination of applicants as is necessary to elicit a careful history and to conduct a full and thorough examination
    5. at the conclusion of each medical examination to forward the report to CASA promptly
    6. if the holder of a medical certificate tells a DAME about a medical condition that is relevant to aviation safety, the DAME must inform CASA of the condition within 5 working days
    7. to keep informed of, and follow the relevant standards, techniques and administrative procedures associated with medical examinations detailed in The DAME Handbook and in the DAME Newsletter published by CASA on its website
    8. to undertake continuing professional development activities, acceptable to CASA, in Aviation and Regulatory Medicine
    9. to notify CASA if absent from active practice for more than 4 weeks
    10. to notify CASA of any change of address, of contact details, or of cessation of practice
    11. to acknowledge CASA's right to terminate Designation should the DAME conduct himself/herself in a manner that is detrimental to the interests of CASA or breach any of these conditions of appointment
    12. to authorise CASA to publish in the DAME Newsletter and the CASA website the DAME's cessation of practice, resignation of appointment as a DAME or termination of appointment as a DAME by CASA
    13. to authorise the regulatory authority of any ICAO Contracting State that designated or designates the DAME to disclose to CASA information about the DAME's performance and competence as a medical examiner
    14. to authorise CASA to disclose to the regulatory authority of another ICAO Contracting State that designates medical examiners for that State that has designated the DAME or to which the DAME has applied to be designated, information about the DAME's performance as a medical examiner
    15. DAME's are required to make available premises and documentation for inspection by CASA consistent with s.9(1)(f).
  5. The DAME is required to provide the following facilities and equipment:
    1. a suitable examination room and general diagnostic equipment, including an accurate sphygmomanometer
    2. simple urine testing facilities
    3. Ishihara pseudoisochromatic chart (24 plate) for colour vision testing
    4. visual acuity charts(s) for use at 6 metres
    5. N series test types for near vision testing
    6. ophthalmoscope
    7. a height measuring scale (cm)
    8. weighing scales (kg)
    9. an electrocardiograph machine which complies with the Australian Standard, or a reliable local source for obtaining ECGs when required (a specimen tracing on a normal subject from this machine may be required)
    10. a suitable computer, document scanner, modem and software package for communication with CASA. (Details will be notified from time to time).


Last updated:
9 Dec 2021
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