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 Stream 1 module and do not hold that 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 one accreditation Lower Extremity If you have already successfully completed this module and you want to undertake continuing education, please go back to the homepage and enrol in Lower Extremity update (Stream 2) 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

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 module and do not hold the relevant accreditations. 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 two accreditations: Spine Spinal Impairment Guides Modification Document If you have already successfully completed this module and you want to undertake continuing education, please go back to the homepage and enrol in Spine update (Stream 2). At this time there is no specific Stream 2 update training on the Spinal Impairment Guides Modification Document as it was only taught for the first time in 2017. Please contact the training provider if you would like to express interest in Stream 2 training when it becomes available.   Module information This module covers criteria for assessing spine using both the methodology from Chapter 3 of the Guides, and also some modification to those criteria, which applies in some cases, and is contained in an additional prescribed methodology called the Spinal Impairment Guides Modification Document. The module covers: The key concepts that apply to assessment of Spinal Impairment. The way in which some terms are given specific meaning within the Guides is different that from clinical practice. A logical path for consideration of Spinal Impairment, whether using the Guides, or with use of the Spinal Impairment Guides Modification Document. 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 Visual System 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: Visual System If you have already successfully completed this module and you want to undertake continuing education, please go back to the homepage and enrol in Visual System update (Stream 2). Module information This module covers the use of Chapter 9 of the Guides to evaluate permanent impairment of the visual system, including the eyes, ocular adnexa and visual pathways. The module includes: The types of impairments that are evaluated for the purpose of assessment of the visual system using the Guides. The two distinct approaches that will be required to assessable an overall impairment score of the visual system, and which depends on the types of visual testing performed in a particular case. The distinction between visual impairment, visual system impairment and impairment of the whole person. The types of test apparatus required to perform an assessment in accordance with the Guides. The approach to be taken to apportion an impairment score to account of pre-existing visual 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 Stream 2 module will lead to awarding of one update to accreditation: Visual 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 Visual (Stream 1). Module information This module covers the use of Chapter 9 of the Guides to evaluate permanent impairment of the visual system, including the eyes, ocular adnexa and visual pathways. The module includes: The types of impairments that are evaluated for the purpose of assessment of the visual system using the Guides. The two distinct approaches that will be required to assessable an overall impairment score of the visual system, and which depends on the types of visual testing performed in a particular case. The distinction between visual impairment, visual system impairment and impairment of the whole person. The types of test apparatus required to perform an assessment in accordance with the Guides. The approach to be taken to apportion an impairment score to account of pre-existing visual impairment. Read More

Venue: AMA House - 293 Royal Parade, Parkville. This is a Stream 2 module and is designed for doctors that have already successfully completed the Stream 1 Nervous System module and have been awarded 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: Nervous System update If you have not already successfully completed Nervous System module and you want to gain that accreditation, please go back to the homepage and enrol in Nervous System (Stream 1). Module information The module teaches the methodology in the Guides for evaluating permanent impairments resulting dysfunction of the brain, brain stem, cranial nerves, spinal cord, nerve roots, and peripheral nerves. While much of the methodology is found in Chapter 4 of the Guides, the module also covers the approach required to use other parts of the Guides to assess certain impairments, particularly peripheral nerve injury. The module covers: The methodology for assessing impairment of the forebrain including evaluation of mental status, brain injury causing behavioural change, epilepsy, and major motor and sensory disorders The methodology for assessing impairment from spinal cord injury and the approach to be taken when an alternative spine assessment has been conducted using Chapter 3 of the Guides The methodology for assessing cranial nerve dysfunction, including the approach to be taken when a more specific method of assessment is available from another Chapter of the Guides (such as when cranial nerves affecting vision are involved) The methodology for assessing peripheral nerves which includes the approach to estimate (or grade) the extent of damage of a peripheral nerve, including the branchial plexus. 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 the following update to accreditation: Spine Update If you have not already successfully completed the Steam 1 module you want to gain that accreditation, please go back to the homepage and enrol in the module entitled: Spine (Stream 1) and Spinal Impairment Guides Modification Documents (Stream 1). Please Note: At this time there is no specific Stream 2 update training on the Spinal Impairment Guides Modification Document as the Steam 1 module was only taught for the first time in 2017. Please contact the training provider if you would like to express interest in Stream 2 training when it becomes available. Module information This module covers criteria for assessing spine using both the methodology from Chapter 3 of the Guides. The module covers: The key concepts that apply to assessment of Spinal Impairment. The way in which some terms are given specific meaning within the Guides is different that from clinical practice. A logical path for consideration of Spinal Impairment, whether using 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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