Recreational Diving 

I am a qualified Dive Doctor and offer recreational Dive Medicals, done in accordance with the SPUMS medical process.

Ive done occupational and recreational Dive Medicals for a number of years and enjoy helping recreational divers enjoy the underwater world, in a safe and exciting way.

Ive previously done Defence Force Work Diving medicals for the Army, Navy and Air Force, and find this work complements my Aviation Medicine clincial work as well. 

Dr Thomas Perkins 

Based in West End, Brisbane.
General Practice and Occupational Medicine.

Ph: (07) 3844 4111

Ph: (07) 3844 9111

Smart Clinics West End. The Markets, 79 Boundary Street West End 4101

Before Your Appointment

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A Health Summary from your GP

If you can arrange for a health summary to be printed off from yoru current GP and be brought to the consult, that will assist in verification of up to date records.

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A list of your medicines

An accurate list of your medications, either from your GP, or self-reported will assist in a complete and thorough aviation medical.

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SPUMS Dive Medical Form

Download and fill out the SPUMS Recreational Dive Medical form, and bring this to your consult on the day.

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Book a Chest Xray

An accurate list of your medications, either from your GP, or self-reported will assist in a complete and thorough aviation medical.

On the Day – Nursing Prelims

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Prelims

ROur Nursing staff will record your basic information – height, weight, BP, Pulse Rate, Urine protein, O2 sats, respiratory rate.

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ECG

Our Nursing staff will perform an ECG if required

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Spirometry

If spirometry is required for clinical reasons, it can be done on the day prior to your appointment. 

On the Day – Drs Appt

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CASA DAME Appointment

In your appointment iwtyh the CASA DME, we will confirm all of the information required above, check your overal lmedical history, age-rel;ated requirements, and complete the MRS administration and clinical management of any conditions

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CASA Confirmation

CASA will normally confirm the DAME recommendation on the same day, within 4 hours or so. Any ongoing issues will be managed in seperate consults but these are normally rare. 

AVMED Reference Chart

Your periodic aged based testing requirements, while now handled automatically in MRS, can be seen here. 

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Alcohol Use and Misuse in Aviation Medicine

Return to flying after alcohol use requires documented abstinence from problematic use, no sequelae from use, and normalisation of blood tests (LFTS, MCV and carbohydrate deficient transferrin (CDT))dr thomas perkins, casa designated aviation medical examiner Definition This protocol refers to suspected or confirmed “problematic use” of alcohol such as: Positive workplace testDAME opinionDUI within 5 years of applicationSelf-reported use and confirmatory blood tests (e.g. LFT’s / MCV and CDT) Aeromedical Implications Effect of aviation on condition Hypoxia - increase cognitive decrement caused by alcohol Effect of condition on aviation Subtle incapacitation - impaired alertness / reaction / decision-makingLoss of situational awareness & vertigoDistraction due to impaired concentration. Approach to medical certification Based on the condition As per CASR 67.150 Table 67.150.1.5 and 1.6.demonstrated abstinence from problematic useno sequelae from problematic useNormalisation of...

Dr Thomas Perkins 

Based in West End, Brisbane.
General Practice and Occupational Medicine.

Ph: (07) 3844 4111

Ph: (07) 3844 9111

Smart Clinics West End. The Markets, 79 Boundary Street West End 4101