August 2015 -
This standard has been developed by the Standards Committee of the
Aeromedical Society of Australasia (ASA) and is intended to ensure that the
quality of aeromedical service provided in Australia and New Zealand
promotes safety, consistency and is patient focused.
The concept of safety and risk minimisation underpins the development of
this document and builds upon the excellent safety record experienced in
the sector to date. Aeromedical providers wishing to provide these services
will be encouraged to meet the standards required within this document once
finalised. To ensure that the standards provide a framework for clinical
best practice, they will be aligned to the National Safety and Quality
Health Service Standards (NSQHSS) developed by the Australian Commission on
Safety and Quality in Health Care (ACSQHC).
These draft standards are currently going through a process of peer review
and critique, not only by the providers of aeromedical services but also
key stakeholder organisations such as CASA, other health providers,
clinical colleges and aeromedical experts. The draft document contains the
aeromedical-sector agreed standards for pilots, crew, aircraft and
essential equipment. The desired outcome of this standard is the promotion
of national consistency, best practice and quality, and risk management
practices that ensure patient and crew safety remains paramount in all
aspects of aeromedical service provision.
We would like to thank the many individuals who have contributed to this
standard, either in face to face consultation, in writing or by other means
to date. In particular we would like to recognise the significant input
provided by the ASA Standards Committee whose experience and knowledge have
made the development of this draft standard possible.
We encourage feedback and look forward to refining the next version to
reflect input form the wider stakeholder group as a result of trial