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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.

Another Elephant? – Lessons from the Comminsure Scandal

The ‘Comminisure’ Scandal broke this week putting a media focus on the role of doctors within organisations and the potential for commercial interests to over ride the usual ethics of the medical profession. For those who didn’t watch 4 Corners … Continue reading

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WRP Standards at Risk from Red-Tape Reduction

  The Tasmanian Government has embarked on a ‘Red-Tape Reduction’ Review in relation to the state-based Workers Compensation System. The review process is overseen by the WorkSafe Tasmania and the WorkCover Board. Following a consultation process with the stakeholders the … Continue reading

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Towards Simplicity – Complex Case Management by Doctors

Information about how doctors can improve outcomes in compensation systems using a complex case management model Continue reading

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Information for IME Assessors and Expert Witnesses

Readers of this blog might be interested to read the following article on my practice website about new Tasmanian requirements for IME assessment and giving expert evidence in court. See link below: Article

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The Insult of Complexity

At the recent ISCRR Research Forum held in Melbourne, Dr Jason Thompson gave an informative presentation that resonated with my experience as an occupational physician providing care for people within compensation systems. Dr Thompson explained how complexity increases almost exponentially with the … Continue reading

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What to expect in 2016

Over the coming 12 months, I hope to continue publishing material on ‘Insult & Injury’ relevant to the improvement in design of our workers compensation systems. It is an exciting time in this field with increasing recognition of modifiable factors … Continue reading

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ISCRR Research Forum – Does Injury Compensation Cause Harm?

  The Institute for Safety, Compensation and Recovery Research (ISCRR) is conducting a forum in early December in Melbourne to discuss this important subject. See my earlier post on this subject – “Are Our Compensation Systems an Occupational Hazard” Here … Continue reading

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The Myth of Workers Compensation Fraud

Alex Collie, CEO of the Institute for Safety, Compensation and Recovery Research (ISCRR) in Victoria recently flagged this article on Twitter as worthy of reading. Although the article refers to rates of fraud in the United States, where there the … Continue reading

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Disputes on the rise and claimants walk away!

The 2013/14 annual report from the Tasmanian Workers Rehabilitation and Compensation Tribunal provides data about the number of disputes and the percentage of claimants who do not contest what is known as a ‘reasonably arguable case’ finding. Link to article … Continue reading

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Surveillance Again!

Personal Injury Lawyer, Brian Hilliard with Slater & Gordon in Hobart has raised issues about excessive use of surveillance for both workers compensation and motor accident claimants. The following article appears in today’s Hobart Mercury newspaper. I have previously … Continue reading

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