Senior Aviation Medical Examiner (SAME)

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  • Posted:
    3 years ago
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    Health and Medicine
  • Deadline:
    September 3, 2018
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    Male, Female

Would You Like To Be A SAME For S.A.A?


Purpose of The Job

  • The incumbent of this role is responsible for coordinating and implementing a comprehensive health risk management program.
  • The role provides consultation, expertise and technical advice on aviation and travel medicine, employee wellness, absenteeism management and on-board medically related matters in a manner that ensures adherence to quality assurance and patient care principles. 
  • The role requires participation in the development, implementation and definition of policies, procedures and protocols as well as adherence to relevant legislation and consideration of international standards and recommended practices of a holistic employee wellness programme for the SAA Group.
  • The role also plans, promotes and maintains a comprehensive wellness program for employees, families, and retired staff; providing services combining prevention/intervention/treatment, physical/mental health and fitness; and promoting a healthy lifestyles model.


Main Accountabilities

Functional Performance:
• Provide on-going support and expertise through participation in comprehensive assessment, planning, implementation and overall evaluation of medical programs
• Adhere to preventative medicine and evidence-based medicine principles in the approach to medical program implementation
• Collaborate with clinical staff in promoting effective and efficient utilization of clinical resources
• Execute physical examination programs to maintain compliance with aviation medicine, occupational medicine, and travel medicine legislation and guidance material
• Optimise continued medical certification for licensed aviation personnel by conducting medical examinations, communicating with relevant medical specialists, and/or preparing case presentations to determine fitness for flying duties and aviation services
• Conduct medical reservation medical record review using approved specific indicators, criteria and other relevant guidance material
• Prepare for, participate in and provide advice in committees, meetings and other forums that discuss medical matters that impact on employee health and wellbeing
• Facilitate a multidisciplinary approach to medical case reviews and/or preparation
• Promote healthy lifestyle habits and activities through development and implementation of wellness programs that optimize employee health and productivity
• Monitor and evaluate the implementation of medical programs, and submit proposals for continuous improvement
• Identify potential medically related risks within the company from experience, historical data, trends, workplace analysis, and other information sources
• Liaise with relevant institutions, societies and agencies in matters related to developing and implementing policies, procedures and preparing directives on aviation medicine, travel medicine, and occupational medicine
• Submit proposals and implement mitigation interventions to reduce or eliminate the risks
• Advise and educate workers and managers about medical risks in the workplace and their impact on health and productivity
• Develop employee well-being programs to support SAA as being an Employer of Choice
• Develop a strong understanding of SAA’s Group Corporate Strategy as well as the HR Strategy
• Develop policies, procedures, guidelines and related mechanisms to support the effective execution of the wellness approach
• Conduct a detailed analysis of the current state of employee wellness in SAA (including feedback from business areas, review of health trends, absenteeism etc) and develop a report of recommendations 
• Conduct health and wellness presentations for employees, families, and retirees (e.g. diabetes, tobacco, obesity, physical fitness, etc.) for the purpose of improving employee awareness and participation in wellness programs
• Coordinate with outside vendors and contractual labour (e.g. CPR/First Aid courses, lectures, seminars, etc.) for the purpose of providing health promotion services and training
• Develop programs and services (e.g. health promotion programs; exercise opportunities; Employee Family Assistant Program, etc.) for the purpose of promoting employee and family wellness
• Establish a working environment with site and community personnel (e.g. nurses, wellness representatives, medical providers, health providers, fitness providers, etc.) for the purpose of developing and providing appropriate wellness promotion efforts
• Prepare a wide variety of written materials (e.g. program plans; statistical evaluations; correspondence, etc.) for the purpose of documenting activities, providing written reference and/or conveying information
• Research a wide variety of topics (e.g. funding options, best practices, health trends, absenteeism, etc.) for the purpose of providing information, recommendations and/or addressing a variety of administrative requirements
• Manage the intervention process, address personal & personal problems affecting work performance, behavior, absenteeism, achievement of potential & incapacity status
• Manage the risk to the business from a wellness perspective through continuous internal and external monitoring of business impact, as well as changes in stakeholder needs
• Complete post-implementation reviews of wellness programs/ interventions and optimize accordingly


• Provide input into Organisational Change Management strategy
• Engage in trend analysis to identify future needs, services required, market offerings and available new products and engage in discussion about integration and adoption of these into strategies and plans 
• Manage quick win optimization projects in the organization where a need has been identified through defining methodologies, resource allocation, driving deliverables and reporting
• Design recommendation reports within the functional area of expertise in view of best practices and business strategy


Qualification Requirements

• Medical Degree – essential
• Bachelor of Science Honours degree in Aerospace Medicine an advantage
• Diploma in Occupational Medicine an advantage
• Registration with Health Professions Council South African, with the Certificate of good standing with the council – essential
• Registration with SACAA as Senior AME – essential
• Registration with a medical insurance provider – essential
• Certificate in Travel Medicine an advantage
• A Bachelor’s degree in Public health an advantage
• Certificate in Primary Aviation Medicine- essential
• A minimum of 3-5 years’ experience in Aviation Medicine
• Experience in occupational health
• Experience in an Airline Company an advantage
• Experience in coordinating employee well-being programmes (social welfare and generalist HR experience)


Knowledge and Skills

• Sound knowledge of relevant statutory legislation
• National and international codes of practices related to Aviation Medicine, Corporate Wellness and Occupational Health
• SAA policies and procedures
• Healthcare data reporting
• Labour legislation
• Health standards and hazards and safety practices and procedures
• Employee wellness models, practices and interventions
• HR practices and occupational health 
• Knowledge in Aviation Regulatory Company 
• Proactive collaboration 
Problem solving skills
• Resource utilisation
• Decision making
• Analytical ability
• Planning and organising
• Information processing and reporting
• Business communication skills
• Facilitation skills 
• Change Management
• Project Management
• Communication skills (verbal and written)
• Research and report writing skills
• Managerial and time management skills
• Broad understanding of counselling/ referral skills
• Computer literacy


Key Attributes

• Innovative problem solver: 
– Developing and Shaping Strategies
– Generating Ideas 
– Providing Insights 

• Inspirational and accountable leader:
– Making Decisions
– Empowering Individuals
– Convincing People

• Positive change agent:
– Thinking Positively
– Embracing Change 
– Team working

• Passionate performance driver:
– Pursuing Goals
– Upholding Standards
– Seizing Opportunities

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