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DAME newsletter - September 2019
Date of publication:
22 October 2019
From Simon May, Principal Medical Officer
It is my pleasure to introduce myself as CASA’s new Principal Medical Officer, having returned to Australia after three and half years in the Middle East. Having spent the last decade in the airline industry, I join CASA at what is an exciting time for aviation medicine.
Thanks to Dr Sharma for his stewardship over the last few months, which sees me join a significantly larger AvMed team than we have seen for a while. As those of us who are new come up to speed, I am sure you will see our service levels continue to improve. Thank you for your patience during this period of transition for us.
Over the coming months we’ll be looking at how the Office of Aviation Medicine is structured and will also be commencing a review of Part 67 of the Civil Aviation Safety Regulations – the rules governing medical certification, designated aviation medical examiners and designated aviation ophthalmologists. We’ll keep you updated as the reviews progress and let you know if there are any changes you need to be aware of.
Finally, with the end of the year fast approaching, our team is working relentlessly to meet targets for the month and to ensure our applicants aren’t disadvantaged over the festive season.
I look forward to meeting as many of you as possible on my travels, however in the meantime if you have any questions for me, please don’t hesitate to contact me via email@example.com.
Credentialed optometrist eye examination
Don’t forget that credentialed optometrists who conduct eye examinations are required to inform pilots of their eye test results in terms of the visual standards (pass or fail). This is not the responsibility of DAMEs or the pilot’s GP.
Where a pilot fails the visual standards, they need to be informed and a report provided to CASA outlining their results. When examining a pilot for corrected visual acuity, please record that you have examined them and issued an improved or new prescription, and whether they have met the standard.
DAME application submissions
A gentle 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 - Submission of medical examinations. Please be mindful of the impact the delayed submission of applications could have on aviation aspirants, especially those waiting to join flight schools or take up a much-awaited employment opportunity.
Statistics for September 2019
A total of 2,084 medical certificates were issued during the month of September:
- DAME issued certificates: 121
- CASA auto issued certificates: 739
- CASA assessor issued certificates: 1,224
During the month of September 2019, 82.4% of all applications were completed within 20 business days, with an average processing time of 9.6 days for all classes.
- Class 1: 83.9% completed within 20 business days (average 8.5 days)
- Class 2: 77.4% completed within 20 business days (average 13.1 days)
- Class 3: 79.5% completed within 20 business days (average 10.1 days)
Contact with AvMed decreased during September with 2,438 inbound calls and 1,796 emails received.
As of 31 August, there are 212 DAME assessors. This includes previous DAME2 and current DAME assessors. A total of 227 DAMEs have completed the eLearning module.
If you haven’t done so already, we encourage you to complete the module now. You can access it through your Medical Records System (MRS) logon, in CASA’s AviationWorx web portal.
So far, 1,796 DAME certificates have been issued since 3 April 2018.