The Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) aims to enhance and promote aviation safety through effective safety regulation and by encouraging industry to deliver high standards of safety. CASA and Optometry Australia have entered into a relationship to establish a network of optometrists who have the credentials to conduct vision and eye examinations for the purposes of pilot licensing. The Organisation facilitates the process by which Credentialed Optometrists (COs) can maintain their credentials on an annual basis.
Credentialed Optometrists by State
Optometry Australia and CASA encourage non aviation trained optometrists to consult with credentialed optometrists in relation to the care of their patients who are in the aviation industry.
MRS online portal
CASA released its new online aviation Medical Records System (MRS) on March 21, 2016. From this date all aviation medicals need to be completed by both Aviation Reference Number (ARN) holders and Examiners using the new MRS system
If Examiners are experiencing difficulty submitting an application, or need a password manually reset, they can contact CASA IT Coordinator, Scott Hall, at avmed.ITsupport@casa.gov.au or ph: 02 6217 1405.
A training portal has been developed for any CO wishing to practice entering a report at https://mrstraining.casa.gov.au/Examiner and an ophthalmologist user manual can be downloaded here.
OA Member Number
Credentialed optometrists should continue using their old 4 digit OAA number in all communications with CASA, including online MRS examinations. Your old OAA number will now become your CASA CO number.
The last course was held on the weekend of 14/15 February 2015. At this stage no further courses are scheduled. Expressions of interest should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Content of training courses will cover eye and vision standards for various classes of pilot licenses, the types and extent of the eye examination expected and elements of eye health and vision as they relate to the aviation environment.
The next CASA CO Refresher course will be held on the Friday afternoon prior to the Australian Vision Convention (QLD/NT OA Conference) in April 2017. All CO’s are reminded they must complete some CPD in aviation optometry every 4 years. If you will require a refresher course in 2018 please let us know which state is your preferred location. Registration form for the 2017 refresher and some important notes from this year’s course can be downloaded below:
2017 CASA Refresher course registration form
Changes to colour vision testing
MRS 2 DAO Examiner Interface
To become a Credentialed Optometrist an optometrist needs to participate in training that complies with Optometry Australia's ongoing competency requirements for credentialed optometrists.
Credentialed optometrist resources
Previous Course notes
Annual audit of credentialed optometrists
Credentialed optometrist must undergo an annual renewal of their aviation status. Some COs may be subject to audit on this renewal
Australasian Society of Aerospace Medicine (ASAM)
ASAM is the authoritative professional body whose role is to cultivate and promote aerospace medicine and related disciplines in Australasia. Comprising more than 800 members from many fields of medical practice, the Society has been in existence for nearly 60 years and has provided professional development for its members by hosting successful scientific meetings each year.
For information contact: National Professional Services Manager on (03) 9668 8500 or email email@example.com
CASA released its new online aviation Medical Records System (MRS) on March 21, 2016. From this date all aviation medicals need to be completed by both Aviation Reference Number (ARN) holders and Examiners using the new MRS system.