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.

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 Dermatology Stream 1 module and do not hold this 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 one accreditation Dermatology ( Skin System/Scar) If you have already successfully completed this module and you want to undertake continuing education, please go back to the homepage and enrol in Dermatology (Skin System/Scar) update (Stream 2). Module information This module covers the methodology in the Guides for evaluating permanent impairment of the skin and its appendages. The module is mostly covers Chapter 13 of the Guides but does include how and when to refer to certain other part of the Guides (including part of Chapter 9) to assess facial impairment. The module covers The assessment of skin as organ system which includes assessments of scars (including surgical scar), burns, skin grafts, and stumps, but also includes dermatological conditions such as dermatitis. The approach to evaluation the impact of a skin condition on activities of daily living. The approach to then considering what symptoms and signs or skin disorder may be present, whether these will change with treatment, and the extent of any treatment that may be required. The use of part of Chapter 9 to assess facial impairment. The approach to be taken where other parts of the Guides may also be used to assess the effect of certain skin conditions. 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 Stream 2 module will lead to awarding of one update to accreditation: Dermatology (Skin System/Scar) update 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 Dermatology - Skin System/Scar (Stream 1). Module information This module covers the methodology in the Guides for evaluating permanent impairment of the skin and its appendages. The module is mostly covers Chapter 13 of the Guides but does include how and when to refer to certain other part of the Guides (including part of Chapter 9) to assess facial impairment. The module covers: The assessment of skin as organ system which includes assessments of scars (including surgical scar), burns, skin grafts, and stumps, but also includes dermatological conditions such as dermatitis. The approach to evaluation the impact of a skin condition on activities of daily living. The approach to then considering what symptoms and signs or skin disorder may be present, whether these will change with treatment, and the extent of any treatment that may be required. The use of part of Chapter 9 to assess facial impairment. The approach to be taken where other parts of the Guides may also be used to assess the effect of certain skin conditions. 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 1 module and it is designed for doctors that have never successfully completed the module and do not hold this accreditation. Accreditation requires you to attend the session as well as successfully completing the module assessment. Successful completion of the module will lead to awarding of the following accreditation Core If you have already successfully completed this module and you want to undertake continuing education, please go back to the homepage and enrol in Core update (Stream 2.) Please note: Core (Stream 1) is the mandatory module that needs to be undertaken in order to gain accreditation in any of the elective (body parts) module. Module information This module covers: The overarching principles from Chapters 1, 2 and the Glossary of the Guides that apply to all assessments performed using the Guides. The ways in which assessments using the Guides in used for the three Victorian Compensation Jurisdictions: Worksafe Victoria Transport Accident Commission The Wrongs Act The ways in which the Guides are modified by legislation. This includes removal of some parts of the Guides, and replacement of some parts with alternative prescribed methodologies. The ways in which binding Court Decisions have clarified how parts of the Guides are to be interpreted. The way in which some common medical terms are given different meanings in the Guides. The way in which impairment scores for different body parts are to be assembled to derive an overall score of impairment of a whole person. 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 is designed for doctors that have already successfully completed the Stream 1 version of the 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: Core 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 Core (Stream 1). Module information This module covers: The overarching principles from Chapters 1, 2 and the Glossary of the Guides that apply to all assessments performed using the Guides. The ways in which assessments using the Guides in used for the three Victorian Compensation Jurisdictions: Worksafe Victoria Transport Accident Commission The Wrongs Act The ways in which the Guides are modified by legislation. This includes removal of some parts of the Guides, and replacement of some parts with alternative prescribed methodologies. The ways in which binding Court Decisions have clarified how parts of the Guides are to be interpreted. The way in which some common medical terms are given different meanings in the Guides. The way in which impairment scores for different body parts are to be assembled to derive an overall score of impairment of a whole person. 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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