Aviation Medicine

Australian Certificate of Civil Aviation Medicine (ACCAM)

Monash University has been hosting the ACCAM course for over 25 years. This course 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.

Overview

The ACCAM course runs for a total of 10 days, over two consecutive weeks, Monday–Friday.

Topics covered include:

  • 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

Offsite visits

Students visit the Ansett Aviation Training facility in Tullamarine as a part of the two week training course and experience the 737 and BAe 146 flight simulators.

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

Course examination

On the final day of the ACCAM course all students complete a 1.5 hour A-E multiple choice examination which requires a 50% pass to receive the ACCAM certification.

Registration

Register your interest in upcoming ACCAM courses here.

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 (eg. Nigeria, Maldives), and nurse practitioners. No previous knowledge of Aviation Medicine is required.

International students

It is strongly recommend that students attending the ACCAM course have an IELTS score of 5 or higher.

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.

CASA Regulatory Medicine short course

The CASA Regulatory Medicine Short course is a one-day course run within the two-week ACCAM course. This course is administered and presented by CASA, and students 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: dame.liaison@casa.gov.au.

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 audiovisual reinforcement by a true global authority in aviation medicine.