Etihad Airways Medical Centre welcomed more than
120 medical professionals and experts to the
annual Aviation Health Conference, under the theme “Ophthalmology
and Colour Vision in Aviation”, held in in Abu Dhabi on 3-4
The conference was under the patronage
of the UAE General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) Aeromedical
Section in partnership with Etihad Airways and Moorfields Eye
Hospital Centre Abu Dhabi.
In opening the
conference, Dr Nadia Bastaki, Etihad Airways’ Vice President
Medical Services and Senior Aviation Medical Examiner, who is the
first Emirati woman to be registered as a specialist in aviation
medicine, highlighted the importance of collaboration within the
“The ongoing education, sharing of
medical experience and latest intervention work towards
standardising medical practice and encouraging aviation safety by
enhancing aircrew health is of paramount importance, especially as
we explore the latest advances in the aviation field,” Dr Bastaki
Etihad Airways Medical Centre organises annual
aviation health conferences to encourage collaboration among
aviation medicine practitioners and health industry stakeholders
both in the region and internationally.
This year, the airline welcomed Dr Ansa Jordaan, Chief, Aviation
Medicine Section at International Civil Aviation Organization
(ICAO) as a guest speaker.
The Etihad Airways
Medical Centre is a state-of-the art facility, which is staffed by
13 physicians and 15 nurses offering a full range of services
including General Medicine, Aviation Medicine, Travel Health,
Occupational Health, Ear Nose and Throat (ENT) Services, Internal
Medicine, Dental Services, Physiotherapy, Laboratory and
Radiology, 24 hour Ambulance Service and National Service medical
checkups for the airline's staff.
Each year, a
different topic is discussed by the conference attendees who
include aviation medical examiners and nurses, ophthalmologists,
doctors and other healthcare professionals from major airlines and
the health industry.
Speaking at the conference, Dr
Jordaan highlighted the issue of colour vision assessments,
calling it “a matter of high priority for the industry”, adding
that “the aviation industry needs to standardise assessments for
colour vision across the world”.
Mohammed Ali Al
Shorafa Al Hammadi, Chief Executive Officer of United Eastern
Medical Services, commended the airline for highlighting the issue
of ophthalmological health.
“Through Moorfields Eye
Hospital Centre Abu Dhabi, we are pleased to participate in this
important medical event in the field of aviation medicine, in
collaboration with Etihad Airways Medical Centre. We continue to
provide full support and cooperation to the industry,” said Mr. Al
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