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How big is the Elephant in the Research Room?

  A really effective way to annoy a worker on compensation payments (or any worker for that matter) is to not pay them properly. It is even more effective if the worker is already on legislated step-downs in their weekly … Continue reading

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IME’s – the good, the bad & the ugly – Part 2 – Current Issues

This is Part 2 of a 3 part series of blogs about Independent Medical Examinations (IME’s). This series is written from my perspective as a doctor treating┬ápatients covered by workers compensation or motor accident insurance. While all compensation systems are … Continue reading

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Reflections on Medical Decision-Making

I’m working on Part 2 of my blog series about IME Assessments, but have been ‘distracted’ over the last week or two by┬ámy involvement in an AMA Tasmania Committee considering issues relating to Tasmania’s Workers’ Compensation and Motor Accident Insurance … Continue reading

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IME’s – the good, the bad and the ugly – Part 1- What is an IME?

I know this stuff about definitions and standards is boring, but I need to set this out so you can make sense of what I plan to say about IME’s in the blogs to follow. So please bear with me. … Continue reading

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Is There a Crisis of Confidence in IME Assessments?

While I personally have had concerns about the ‘quality’ of many IME assessments for some time, I did not realise how widespread the concerns were about the fairness of such assessments until relatively recently. Injured workers representatives are certainly concerned, … Continue reading

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Perspective – What do doctor’s think about Workers Compensation?

Through my work as an occupational physician, I regularly interact with doctors who have a variety of roles in the assessment and management of work-related injuries. Most often I am a member of a team of treating health professionals, but … Continue reading

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