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DAME newsletter - March 2019
Date of publication:
27 March 2019
From Sanjiv Sharma, Senior Medical Officer
I hope this newsletter finds you all well.
As previously advised, Peter Clem finished his tenure with CASA last month. Dr Seah has also tendered his resignation from CASA, with his last day being 30 June 2019. We wish them both well and are grateful to them for their contributions to aviation medicine and the safety of air navigation.
AvMed is currently in the process of filling these vacant positions, along with the Principal Medical officer position. We hope to have this process finalised at an early date. In the meantime, we would appreciate if you could be mindful of the following items as you examine applicants for aviation medical certification.
- Medication: When an applicant lists medication use in their application, please ensure you enter information relevant to the medication such as start date and end date and whether its use is ongoing.
- Positive findings: If there are positive findings for an applicant, please provide simple notes in the comments box about the symptoms and their aeromedical significance.
- Applicant responses: DAMEs should take the time to review the applicant's responses and provide an explanation for ‘Yes’ answers in Medical History and out of range or abnormal results.
- DAME application submissions: A gentle reminder that applications for medical certificates, once completed by the DAME, should be submitted to CASA within 5 working days as stated in the DAME handbook. There have been several instances where applications have sat with the DAME for longer than necessary and this has had a considerable impact on the applicants. Please be mindful of applications sitting with you.
- Online submission of Ophthalmological reports by DAO / CO: Please note that as of the end of November 2017, paper submissions of eye reports are no longer accepted by AvMed. Eye examinations must be submitted online through the medical records system (MRS) to be considered acceptable. If you require assistance with MRS access and/or training, please get in touch with us and we can arrange for our IT coordinator to walk you through step by step. You can also find information and useful resources, including the user guides and an e-learning module, on our website. Only under exceptional circumstances may we be able to assist with uploading results from a paper form, provided all the information required is provided.
- Changes in contact/location details: Please ensure you contact our DAME Liaison Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org if your contact details or location changes. This will ensure that the correct information is displayed on our website for applicants.
Current DAME assessor numbers
As of 15 March 2019, there are 195 DAME assessors. This includes previous DAME2 and current DAME assessors. A total of 205 DAMEs have completed the eLearning module.
So far, 1160 DAME certificates have been issued since 3 April 2018.
CASA after-hours safety line
If you are having issues with an examination or are unable to gain access to MRS please do not call our after-hours safety line. The CASA employees answering that line will not be able to assist you with your enquiry. The after-hours safety line is purely for reporting safety related issues that cannot wait until the following day such as unsafe operations, low flying aircraft, or unsafe behavior.
Our AvMed help line is available Monday to Friday from 8:30am to 5:00pm AEST. Call us on 131 757.
We would be grateful if you could remind your staff that when they are accessing the MRS system on behalf of a DAME they need to do so using their own individual Aviation Reference Number (ARN) and password. To request staff access to MRS, please email email@example.com with details including the staff member’s name and ARN.
Statistics for February 2019
A total of 2383 new applications were received during February 2019.
- Class 1 applications: 1883
- Class 2 applications: 454
- Class 3 applications: 46
A total of 2480 medical certificates were issued during the month of February 2018.
- DAME issued certificates: 129
- CASA auto issued certificates: 685
- CASA Assessor issued certificates: 1666
During the month of February 2019, 82% of all applications were completed within 20 business days, with an average processing time of 11.1 days for all classes.
- Class 1: 84.4% completed within 20 business days (average 9.6 days)
- Class 2: 72.5% completed within 20 business days (average 17.3 days)
- Class 3: 75.5% completed within 20 business days (average 14.2 days)