Fitness for Work Assessments
Our specialist Occupational Physicians provide independent medical assessments to determine the fitness of your employee to safely perform the inherent characteristics of their job. These are:
- Comprehensive Fitness for Work Assessment and Report
- Return to Work Statement
Permanent Impairment Assessments
Our Occupational Physicians are trained to perform Permanent Impairment (PI) Assessments using the American Medical Association’s Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment, 4th, 5th and 6th Editions. Their training also includes the relevant State Legislative Guidelines for Evaluation of Permanent Impairment (GEPI) – Qld, NSW, SA and WA. A Permanent Impairment assessment is performed once the claimant has reached Maximum Medical Improvement (MMI). MMI means that no likely improvement in their physical or psychological condition is expected in the next 12 months or beyond. Upon reaching MMI, which is determined by history and clinical examination of the claimant, our Occupational Physicians will assess the percentage of permanent injury/impairment according to a mathematical equation as set out in the AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment. The Edition chosen is based upon the date of the injury and the particular Australian State legislation involved.
Independent Medical Examinations
Our Occupational Physicians can provide an Independent Medical Examination (IME) to Workers’ Compensation insurers, legal companies, insurers and other companies requiring independent medical opinion and advice. They are experts in addressing the requirements of an Independent Medical Examination report. Other types of Independent Medical Examination reports include:
- Medico-legal assessment
- Rehabilitation assessment
- Initial Treating Needs assessment
- 2nd Opinion Independent Medical Examination
Insurance and Employer Claim Management
OccPhyz Consulting’s Occupational Physicians offer the following services for Insurers for improved claim management:
- Discussions on individual claimants as required
- Presentations and seminars
- File reviews of complex and difficult claims
- Guidance appropriate and timely medical assessments and management of claimant’s injuries
OccPhyz Consulting can provide leading Australian experts in Medico-legal assessments and reports. Our Occupational Physicians are highly trained and skilled to provide independent medical opinions relating to:
- Medical Negligence claims
- CTP insurance claims
- TPD insurance claims
Our experts provide independent medical opinions to the Courts. This type of report is addressed to the Supreme Court and is set out in accordance with Court document requirements. They are structured like an Independent Medical Examination (IME) report.
Forensic File Review
Our Occupational Physicians can provide independent medical opinion for Forensic File Review. They are experts in forensic discovery and reporting on findings in complex medical files requiring direction and medical comment regarding a claimant’s file history.
This type of report does not involve seeing your patient/claimant/employee.
Generally, we make an appointment for a Forensic File Review in the same way as you would for any claimant, except there is no consultation time. The timeframe required for you to receive your report depends entirely upon the amount of reading material and investigative work required by our Occupational Physician completing this report. Hence, our fee is based on an hourly rate.
Military medicine is a specialised field as the health needs of defence personnel can be more complex than those of the general population. Our Occupational Physicians are approved by the Department of Veteran’s Affairs (DVA) to perform independent medical assessments and/or provide specialist treatment advice. You can read about Dr Chris Cunneen here.
Fees are based upon type of referral, reading and preparation time for the report. DVA items numbers apply for treatment advice.
Work Site Visits
Our Occupational and Environmental Physicians can come to the work site to evaluate and determine risk factors to your workers. We offer the following services:
- Workplace risk analysis
- Periodic health surveillance
OccPhyz Consulting can provide the following educational initiatives and programs:
- Seminars to industry groups and employers
- Seminars to community groups
- Targeted presentations on medical topics and work-related concerns as required
- Specialised training on permanent impairment especially GEPI (QLD)
- Training and education to GP’s and medical specialists
See our Events Page for upcoming seminars and other events.
Level 1, 1151 Wynnum Rd
Cannon Hill QLD 4170
Tel: +617 3348 9611
Fax: +617 3348 9633
Permanent impairment assessments
Independent medical examinations
Insurance and employer claim management
Fitness for work assessments
Return to work assessments
Forensic file reviews
Education of stakeholders
Work site visits