It goes without saying that good reporting in Aviation Medicine is the mainstay of quality in reporting and outcomes

Dr thomas perkins, aviation medical officer and casa dame

To assist CASA’s consideration of applicants where there is doubt about ability to meet the required medical standard, DAMEs should avoid vague descriptive terms in their reports. Expressions such as ‘brief’, ‘infrequent’, ‘mild’, ‘some’ or similar convey no meaningful information. CASA recommends the “8W mnemonic”.

  1. What 1: What happened? (Detail signs and symptoms that led to the consultation, procedure performed etc).
  2. What 2: What were the sequelae?
  3. When 1: What were the dates and frequency?
  4. Where: What body part was affected? (Left or right, upper arm/forearm etc).
  5. Why: Why was a procedure performed?
  6. Who: Who was involved? (Who carried out a procedure/made an assessment/is undertaking follow-up, etc).
  7. What 3: What is the prognosis?
  8. When 2: When and at what frequency is follow-up planned?

Where specialist opinions are requested, these questions should be asked in the referral letter.

Once all necessary information has been received, full details of the case are considered, and where required may be considered by a Complex Case Management (CCM) panel composed of CASA’s aviation medicine practitioners. When appropriate, this panel may be supplemented by clinical or other specialists, or additional advice and reviews may be required by this panel. A determination on the case will then be made and the applicant notified of the result.

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