Author Archives: Tasworkdoc

About Tasworkdoc

As an occupational physician in private medical practice in Hobart, Tasmania - the southernmost state of Australia, I see workers referred by their general practitioners with various types of work-related injuries and diseases. These are mostly musculoskeletal injuries, both of traumatic and gradual onset as well as various associated psychological disorders. With interaction with patients for treatment and providing advice about rehabilitation, I have the opportunity, first-hand, to observe interactions between individual patients and compensation systems. I also conduct independent medical assessments, including impairment assessments for musculoskeletal injuries and asbestos-related disease compensation. This provides another perspective of workers within compensation systems.

Creating Healthy Boundaries

I recently had a discussion with Greg McCarthy, until recently, CEO of RTWSA (South Australia’s Workers Compensation Authority). Greg explained to me some of the thinking behind the revamped South Australian workers compensation scheme introduced under his stewardship. While I … Continue reading

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The State of Play in Tasmania

This article is based on my introduction to the presentation by Professor Alex Collie at the Pre-Symposium Seminar held in Hobart on 15 June 2017. I have previously tried to explain the reasons for my interest in reform of compensation … Continue reading

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Waste-Not Want-Not!

I hesitate to admit it, but I have been wasting my time and energy, the medical expertise that I possess and other people’s money. In my practice I undertake one or two medico-legal assessments as an independent doctor each week … Continue reading

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Debate about Workers Compensation – Moves to Mid-Winter Hobart!

At the time of the winter solstice Hobart is an exciting place thanks to David Walsh’s MONA with the DARK MOFO and Winter Feast Events. There are challenging events like the nude swim in the River Derwent and entertainment and art events … Continue reading

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Choosing Wisely – Request for comments

I have become aware that the option of making comments on this article is no longer available. Choosing Wisely was published recently and I was expecting some feedback from small business on this matter. You can now comment below.

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Choosing Wisely – Workers Compensation Insurance for Small Business

Let’s forget momentarily about the effect of compensation systems on health outcomes. Rather, lets consider the position of a small employer taking out workers compensation insurance in Tasmania i.e. a small business perspective. There is a requirement for such insurance, but … Continue reading

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Tendentious – What Does that Mean?

@Bafflegab1 on Twitter describes himself: ‘Long-time critic of Ontario auto insurers; their defence lawyers; and their hired gun medico-legal assessors. Also critical of plaintiff bar lethargy.’ In a recent tweet, he referred to a judgement in the Canadian Superior Court of Justice … Continue reading

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