December 2020 -
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 standards went 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 has been displayed on this site for some years and has been now finalised. The 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 receiving comments and feedback which might refine or adapt the content..