AVM5004 - Regulatory aviation medicine - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine

Chief examiner(s)

Associate Professor David Newman


Dr Sanjiv Sharma

Unit guides


Alfred Hospital

  • Second semester 2019 (Online)


Ensuring and assessing the health of pilots and their fitness to fly is a crucial aspect of the aviation medicine specialty. For this to be done appropriately requires aviation medicine practitioners to have a thorough understanding of the regulatory and legislative frameworks that underpin the aeromedical risk assessment and decision-making process, and the legislative and clinical responsibilities of the aviation medicine practitioner.

In this unit students will explore the regulatory framework and requirements for aircrew certification, the legislative issues in aircrew licencing and the process of aeromedical decision-making, using case-based teaching, videos and online discussion. Topics will include: the international regulatory framework, principles of risk management, in-flight pilot incapacitation, principles of regulatory certification, aeromedical decision-making, legislative and clinical responsibilities of aviation medical examiners, and aeromedical disposition case studies.


Upon successful completion of the unit, students will:

  1. Describe the international regulatory framework and interpret the principles of aircrew certification.
  2. Critically analyse the legislative issues in aircrew licencing.
  3. Investigate the prevalence, causes and management of in-flight incapacitation of aircrew.
  4. Distinguish between the legislative and clinical responsibilities of aviation medical examiners.
  5. Evaluate the processes involved with aeromedical decision-making and aeromedical disposition.


  • Critical reflections (1800 words - 10 x 180 words) (30%)
  • Infographic (180 words, plus graphics) (15%)
  • Evaluation (900 words) (15%)
  • Case report (2400 words) (40%) (Hurdle)

Workload requirements

6 hours of teacher-directed learning activities per week, and 6 hours of self-directed study per week, plus 2 on-campus Block Days.

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