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 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

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 Stream 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 Endocrine 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 Endocrine System update (Stream 2) Module information The module covers the criteria from Chapter 12 of the Guides to evaluated permanent impairment of the endocrine system. The module includes consideration of impairment of the hypothalamic-pituitary complex, thyroid, parathyroids, adrenals, islet tissues of the pancreas, and gonads. 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 module and hold this 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: Endocrine System udpate If you have not already successfully completed this module you want to gain these accreditations, please go back to the homepage and enrol in Dermatology - Endocrine System (Stream 1). Module information The module covers the criteria from Chapter 12 of the Guides to evaluated permanent impairment of the endocrine system. The module includes consideration of impairment of the hypothalamic-pituitary complex, thyroid, parathyroids, adrenals, islet tissues of the pancreas, and gonads. 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 Steam 1 module and hold its two accreditations. 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 two updates to accreditation: Respiratory System Respiratory System: Occupations Asthma If you have not already successfully completed the Stream 1module and you want to gain its two accreditations, please go back to the homepage and enrol in Respiratory System (Stream1), 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

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