Monash University has been hosting the Australian Certificate of Civil Aviation Medicine (ACCAM) course for over 20 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 9am – 5pm with the exception of the two offsite visits which may have a later finish time. Topics covered include:

- The flight environment
- Altitude, pressure cabins
- Oxygen equipment
- Thermal stress
- Spatial disorientation
- Human factors in aviation
- Air traffic services
- Clinical Aviation Medicine
- Cardiology
- Respiratory Medicine
- Drugs and alcohol
- Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology
- Neurology
- Passenger fitness to fly
- Civil Aviation Medical Certification
- Aviation accident investigation
- Practical sessions
- Hypoxia experience/Barany Chair
- Eye examination/audiometry

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 ops 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. Registration to attend the one-day CASA course only can be made here.

Course examination
On the final day of the ACCAM course all students complete a 90 minutes 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 (eg. Nigeria, Maldives), and nurses.

No previous knowledge of Aviation Medicine is required.

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

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


  • When

  • Monday, 12 March, 2018 - Friday, 23 March, 2018
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

  • Where

  • School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine
    553 St Kilda Road
    Prahran, Victoria 3004
    + 61 3 9903 0693

Additional Information

While the information contained herein was correct at the date of publication, Monash reserves the right to alter procedures, fees and regulations should the need arise.

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