Impairment Assessment Training

AMA Victoria and the Personal Injury Education Foundation delivers training using the American Medical Association Guides for the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment under Victorian legislation.

Venue: AMA House - 293 Royal Parade, Parkville. This is a Stream 2 module and it’s designed for doctors that have already successfully completed the Psychiatry GEPIC Stream 1 module and hold that accreditation. Accreditation requires you to attend the session as well as successfully completing the module assessment. Successful completion of the Stream 2 module will lead to awarding of one update to accreditation: Psychiatry GEPIC update If you have not already successfully completed Stream 1 Psychiatry GEPIC module you want to gain that accreditation, please go back to the homepage and enrol in Psychiatry GEPIC (Stream 1). Please note: There prescribed method of assessing psychiatric impairment changed to the GEPIC in 2005. Some examiners may have been trained and accredited in the older method of assessing Psychiatric Method (the CGRPI) but must successfully complete Stream 1 training for the newer Psychiatry GEPIC module to be accredited to use that newer methodology. In that case, please go back to the homepage and enrol in Psychiatry GEPIC (Stream 1). Module information This module teaches the prescribed methodology for assessing psychiatric impairment, but the methodology used is not that from in Chapter 14 of the Guides. A substituted methodology called the ‘GEPIC’ is required to assess Psychiatric impairment for the Victorian Compensation Jurisdictions. This module covers: The process of assessment of overall psychiatric impairment using the GEPIC (the Guide to the Evaluation of Psychiatric Impairment for Clinicians). Apportionment of Psychiatric Impairment: The approach required to disentangle what impairment may or may not be related to a compensable event. The legislative requirements to further differentiate between certain types of psychiatric impairment which may be related to compensable event. The approach to taken to disentangle any overlap between the Psychiatric Impairment and organic impairment of the Nervous System. Read More

IMPORTANT NOTE: This Stream 1 module requires you to also complete Core (Stream 1) to become an approved assessor.  Venue: AMA House - 293 Royal Parade, Parkville. This is a Stream 1 module and it’s designed for doctors that have never successfully completed the Stream 1 module and do not hold this accreditation. Successful completion of the module will actually lead to awarding of one accreditation Gynaecology System If you have already successfully completed the Stream 1 module and you want to undertake continuing education, please go back to the homepage and enrol in Gynaecology System update (Stream 2). Module information This module covers the parts of Chapter 13 of the Guides that relate to female reproductive organs including the vulva, clitoris, vagina, cervix, fallopian tubes and ovaries. The module covers: The approach to using the methodology for assessment of the specific parts of the female reproductive organs. The approach for considering the physiologic differences between pre-menopausal and post-menopausal women. Discussion of key issues relating to the female reproduction (including loss of foetus) in the context of compensable injury. Apportionment of Impairment: The approach required to disentangle what impairment may or may not be related to a compensable event. Read More

Venue: AMA House - 293 Royal Parade, Parkville. This is a Stream 2 module and it’s designed for doctors that have already successfully completed the Stream 1module and hold that accreditation. Accreditation requires you to attend the session as well as successfully completing the module assessment. Successful completion of the Stream 2 module will lead to awarding of one update to accreditation: Gynaecology System Update If you have not already successfully completed the Stream 1 module and you want to gain that accreditation, please go back to the homepage and enrol in Gynaecology System (Stream 1). Module information This module covers the parts of Chapter 13 of the Guides that relate to female reproductive organs including the vulva, clitoris, vagina, cervix, fallopian tubes and ovaries. The module covers: The approach to using the methodology for assessment of the specific parts of the female reproductive organs. The approach for considering the physiologic differences between pre-menopausal and post-menopausal women. Discussion of key issues relating to the female reproduction (including loss of foetus) in the context of compensable injury. Apportionment of Impairment: The approach required to disentangle what impairment may or may not be related to a compensable event. Read More

IMPORTANT NOTE: This Stream 1 module requires you to also complete Core (Stream 1) to become an approved assessor.  Venue: AMA House - 293 Royal Parade, Parkville. This is a Stream 1 module and it’s designed for doctors that have never successfully completed the Stream 1 module and do not hold its two accreditations. Accreditation requires you to attend the session as well as successfully completing the module assessment. Successful completion of the module will actually lead to awarding of two accreditations: Respiratory System Respiratory System: Occupations Asthma If you have already successfully completed this module and you want to undertake continuing education, please go back to the homepage and enrol in Respiratory system update (Stream 2) and Respiratory system: Occupational Asthma update (Stream 2). Module information This module covers assessment of respiratory abnormities using Chapter 5 of the Guides. It also covers the assessment of Occupational Asthma using an additional set of Guidelines which have been adopted of use the Worksafe and Wrongs Act jurisdictions, but not the TAC jurisdiction. The module includes: The types of injuries often associated with the three compensation jurisdictions that use the Guides. The Standards to which spirometry is to be conducted for the purposes of assessment using the Guides. The approach to deriving a score of whole person impairment using Chapter 5. The approach to be taken when assessing occupational asthma. The approach to be taken to apportion an impairment score to account for extra pulmonary factors or pre-existing respiratory impairment. Read More

Venue: AMA House - 293 Royal Parade, Parkville. This is a Stream 2 module and it’s designed for doctors that have already successfully completed the Stream 1 module and hold that accreditation. Accreditation requires you to attend the session as well as successfully completing the module assessment. Successful completion of the module will actually lead to awarding of two updates to accreditation: Respiratory System Respiratory System: Occupations Asthma If you have not already successfully completed the Stream 1 module you want to gain that accreditation, please go back to the homepage and enrol in Respiratory system update (Stream 1) and Respiratory system: Occupational Asthma (Stream 1). Module information This module covers assessment of respiratory abnormities using Chapter 5 of the Guides. It also covers the assessment of Occupational Asthma using an additional set of Guidelines which have been adopted of use the Worksafe and Wrongs Act jurisdictions, but not the TAC jurisdiction. The module includes: The types of injuries often associated with the three compensation jurisdictions that use the Guides. The Standards to which spirometry is to be conducted for the purposes of assessment using the Guides. The approach to deriving a score of whole person impairment using Chapter 5. The approach to be taken when assessing occupational asthma. The approach to be taken to apportion an impairment score to account for extra pulmonary factors or pre-existing respiratory impairment. Read More

Venue: AMA House - 293 Royal Parade, Parkville. This is a Stream 2 module and it’s designed for doctors that have already successfully completed the Stream 1 version of this module and hold that accreditation. Successful completion of the Stream 2 module will lead to awarding of one update to accreditation: Lower Extremity update If you have not already successfully completed the Stream 1 version of this module and you want to gain that accreditation, please go back to the homepage and enrol in Lower Extremity (Stream 1). Module information The module covers the criteria from Chapter 3 of the Guides to evaluation permanent impairment of the lower extremity. The module includes: The various anatomic, diagnostic and functions methods which are used to evaluate impairment of the part of the lower extremity The logical path of consideration of what method is appropriate to evaluate any specific impairment of the lower extremity The logical path of consideration to derive an overall score for impairment of a lower extremity when there are more than one impairments The approach to disentangling potential overlaps of ratings with other chapters of the Guides Apportionment of Impairment: The approach required to disentangle what impairment may or may not be related to a compensable event. Read More

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