Case study: Australia's international focus on aviation and space medicine
Members of the international medical community converged on Melbourne in September 2012 to discuss the latest in aviation and space medicine.
The International Congress of Aviation and Space Medicine was organised by the Australasian Society of Aerospace Medicine. Nearly 500 delegates from 43 countries attended, including around 225 designated aviation medical examiners (DAMEs).
CASA's Director of Aviation Safety, John McCormick, officially opened the conference. The scientific program included papers and discussions on aerospace medicine practice in airlines and the military, medical retrieval, accident investigation, human factors, and physiology and space.
CASA presented seven papers during the first scientific session covering aeromedical decision-making. This provided a valuable opportunity for direct interaction and gave participants a better insight into both the CASA and DAME perspectives.
CASA also supported the attendance at the conference of two Australian National University students who, in collaboration with CASA and the university, conducted research on CASA data and presented a paper on body mass index.
CASA also presented six papers at the May 2013 Aerospace Medical Association meeting in Chicago. The meeting was attended by 1,200 delegates from more than 100 countries, and was conducted in conjunction with an ICAO session and a Civil Aviation Medical Association meeting.
No other meetings bring together such a diverse group of specialists who care for the civilian flying population on a daily basis. Attendees included clinical health care directors, physicians, scientists, and nurses from the armed services, civil and military aviation, academia and industry, plus the many private practitioners in all clinical specialties.
Through attendance at such conferences and meetings, CASA is able to be at the cutting edge of aviation medicine and well equipped to address issues in current aerospace medicine.
Overall, the 15 presentations by CASA at international conferences during 2012-13 were the culmination of a great deal of hard work by CASA's doctors.