Australian Certificate of Civil Aviation Medicine (ACCAM)

Monash University has been hosting the Australian Certificate of Civil Aviation Medicine (ACCAM) course for over 25 years. The ACCAM introduces medical practitioners to the medical and physiological aspects of aviation and the regulatory framework for aviation in Australia. The course is a requirement to be able to register with the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) as a Designated Aviation Medical Examiner (DAME). The role of a DAME is to examine pilots and air traffic controllers for fitness to work.

The course runs for a total of 10 days (does not run on weekends) and approximate start and finish time for each day is 9:00am–5:00pm, with the exception of the two offsite visits which may have a later finish time and both Friday classes. Week 1 Friday finishes approx. 3:00pm and Week 2 Friday (the final day of the course) finishes after lunch at approx. 2:00pm. Students may wish to depart the course prior to lunch on the final day. The course officially finishes at 12:30pm after the exam presentation.

Topics

  • The flight environment
  • Altitude, pressure cabins
  • Human factors in aviation
  • Thermal stress
  • Spatial disorientation
  • Cardiology
  • Air traffic services
  • Clinical Aviation Medicine
  • Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology
  • Respiratory Medicine
  • Drugs and alcohol
  • Civil Aviation Medical Certification
  • Neurology
  • Passenger fitness to fly
  • Aviation accident investigation
  • Oxygen equipment

Scholar testimonials

The last ACCAM course received an average participant rating of 3 / 3 on a questionnaire assessing the overall quality of the course. Please see below for sample scholar testimonials.

‘It is of little wonder why this course is so popular. The nature of flying and managing aviation medicine related issues naturally are fascinating, and would have motivated all doctors with a heart for flying or interest in aviation to participate. 

'I cannot recall attending a course that so effectively combines detailed, relevant scientific information with such a depth and breadth of supporting audio-visual reinforcement by a true global authority in aviation medicine. 

Offsite visits

ACCAM participants visit the Ansett Aviation Training facility in Tullamarine and get to experience the 737 and BAe 146 flight simulators.

Participants also visit the control tower and the operations room at Air Services Australia at Tullamarine. Air Services Australia staff give a background briefing on the role of an air traffic controller and their working conditions, and the visits to the tower and operations room give participants a rare opportunity to see air traffic controllers at work.

CASA Regulatory Aviation Medicine short course

The CASA Regulatory Aviation Medicine short course is a one-day course run within the two-week ACCAM course. This course is administered and presented by CASA, and participants completing this course with a prior Aviation Medicine accreditation (often international) are then eligible for DAME certification. Please contact CASA directly to see if you qualify.

Course examination

On the final day of the ACCAM course all students complete a 90-minute multiple choice examination which requires a 50% pass to receive the ACCAM certification.

Who should attend

The ACCAM course attracts a wide and varied range of participants, including general practitioners, medical staff from international retrieval organisations, airline medical staff, medical staff from other aviation authorities (e.g. Nigeria, Maldives), and nurse practitioners. No previous knowledge of Aviation Medicine is required.

It is strongly recommended that participants have an IELTS score of 5 or higher.

International students: Monash University does not need any documentation from students to apply for the ACCAM course.

Please note: Monash University does not arrange Visas for attendance of this course. Each country has different requirements so please check your eligibility with your consulate before payment.

Accreditation

The ACCAM course is accredited for 80 Category 1 points in the RACGP QI&CPD Program.


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