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2.2 Qualifications and Experience


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Medical practitioners designated by CASA to perform Air Crew and Air Traffic Services medical examinations must be registered with the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Authority or (for doctors in other jurisdictions) the country in which they practice as DAMEs.

As a signatory to the Chicago Convention, Australia is bound to appoint as DAMEs only medical examiners that have had appropriate training in aviation medicine. Possession of the Australian Certificate in Civil Aviation Medicine or similar qualification is the normal minimum requirement for appointment as a DAME. A list of approved Aviation Medicine courses that CASA will routinely approve for this purpose is available on the CASA website. Applicants for appointment as DAMEs on the basis of completion of other courses should contact CASA's DAME Liaison Officer to discuss requirements.

Prior to appointment, and periodically thereafter, DAMEs are required to give an undertaking to abide by specified conditions of appointment. This is contained in Form 755.

DAMEs are required to attend periodic training seminars or courses in aviation medicine approved by CASA. Routinely approved Aviation Medicine courses and seminars are posted on the CASA website. Attendance at an aerospace medicine scientific meeting such as those conducted by ASAM (formerly AMSANZ), AsMA, IAASM, FAA, CASA or similar bodies is sufficient to meet this requirement. DAMEs may also apply individually for approval of other appropriate training activities. Documented attendance at an appropriate activity is required as per the guidelines published on the web site.

Because DAOs and COs examine and report only on applicants' vision, they are encouraged, but not required, to undertake appropriate training in aviation medicine. However, these practitioners are required to undertake continuing professional education approved by CASA. CASA will accept evidence of completion of continuing professional education required by an appropriate professional college, association or registration authority as satisfying this requirement.

DAMEs, DAOs and COs resident in Australia are encouraged to effect and maintain membership of the Aviation Medical Society of Australia and New Zealand/the Australasian Society of Aerospace Medicine.

All designated examiners should, as far as possible, be aware of the conditions in which applicants for medical certification are employed or operate. CASA encourages designated examiners to acquire practical experience of these conditions.

Continued designation as a DAME is subject to the terms set out in the application for appointment in Form 755. Designation is usually granted only to practitioners in full- time practice and for one address. Continued designation is subject to the terms set out in the application for appointment in Form 755.