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DAME newsletter - May 2019
Date of publication:
6 June 2019
From Sanjiv Sharma, Acting Principal Medical Officer
AvMed has returned to a cold snap after a long weekend in the capital to celebrate our second Reconciliation Day. Winter is well and truly underway for us here.
Some of you may be aware of the implementation of an Operational Colour Vision Assessment (OCVA) by the New Zealand Civil Aviation Authority (CAA NZ) for assessment of applicants with colour vision deficiency (CVD). This has been achieved through the introduction of a General Direction by the New Zealand CAA. We will closely follow the implementation of these arrangements, as they will inform any future review of Australia’s CVD rules.
At present, CASA has not validated any in-flight/simulator based operational colour vision test. CASA’s existing rules for the assessment of CVD, using colour assessment and diagnosis (CAD) test as a suitable third level of test simulating an operational situation, continues to apply.
Medical examinations housekeeping
Uploading documents to an applicant’s file
Please ensure the ID of an applicant is verified before you upload any documents or comments to their file in the online Medical Records System (MRS). There have been a couple of occasions where the medical assessment report (MAR) has been uploaded to the incorrect applicant’s file.
MRS bulletin board
If there are any proposed changes to MRS, you will be notified via the bulletin board on the homepage of MRS. System changes generally take place on Thursday evenings or over the weekend to avoid interruptions to users. Please note AvMed does not provide out of office support over the weekend.
DAME application submissions
A reminder that applications for medical certificates, once completed by the DAME, should be submitted to CASA within five working days as stated in the DAME handbook. Please be mindful of the impact delayed applications could potentially have on applicants.
As of 28 May 2019, there are 206 DAME assessors. This includes previous DAME2 and current DAME assessors. A total of 219 DAMEs have now completed the eLearning module.
So far, 1,390 DAME certificates have been issued since 3 April 2018. While this rising trend of Class 2 medical certificates being issued by DAMEs is encouraging, please remember to do a couple of things when you are assessing an applicant with any safety-relevant medical condition:
- consider whether to revise the period of validity to 12 months, instead of the default 24/48 months, for those requiring annual surveillance (note that doing so may increase the burden on the applicant to undergo more frequent medical assessments)
- advise the applicant in writing that they will need to provide treating doctor reports annually, even with a longer period of validity, if you have determined that is necessary after consulting the Clinical Practice Guidelines.
Statistics for April 2019
A total of 2,058 new applications were received during April 2019.
- Class 1 applications: 1,559
- Class 2 applications: 443
- Class 3 applications: 56
A total of 2,320 medical certificates were issued during the month of April 2019.
- DAME issued certificates: 111
- CASA auto issued certificates: 682
- CASA Assessor issued certificates: 1,527
During the month of April 2019, 81.2% of all applications were completed within 20 business days, with an average processing time of 11.3 days for all classes.
- Class 1: 83.3% completed within 20 business days (average 9.4 days)
- Class 2: 74.7% completed within 20 business days (average 16.8 days)
- Class 3: 78.5% completed within 20 business days (average 13.8 days)
We also received a total of 2,894 phone calls into our AvMed phone lines.
Statistics for May 2019
A total of 2,391 new applications were received during May 2019.
- Class 1 applications: 1,814
- Class 2 applications: 511
- Class 3 applications: 66
A total of 2,657 medical certificates were issued during the month of May 2019.
- DAME issued certificates: 142
- CASA auto issued certificates: 737
- CASA Assessor issued certificates: 1,778
During the month of May 2019, 81.5% of all applications were completed within 20 business days, with an average processing time of 11.6 days for all classes.
- Class 1: 85.0% completed within 20 business days (average 9.1 days)
- Class 2: 68.7% completed within 20 business days (average 21.0 days)
- Class 3: 83.9% completed within 20 business days (average 8.8 days)
We also received a total of 3,278 phone calls into our AvMed phone lines.