FAQs

FAQs

Q: What is the difference between the Stream 1 and Stream 2 programs?
A: Initial modules (Stream 1) are directed at an entry level of understanding of the AMA 4 Guides and relevant legislation and are delivered as lectures, with models, case studies and group discussions. Update Modules (Stream 2) are for currently accredited assessors with a more advanced level of knowledge. Training focuses more on group learning activities using discussion on case studies, models and vignettes.
Q: Does the NEW pinal Impairment Guides Modification Document (SIGMD) applies to WorkSafe and Wrongs Act?
A: NO. The new Spinal Impairment Guides Modification Document (SIGMD) applies to the Transport Accident Commission only.
Q: I completed the Core module several years ago – do I need to attend the Update Core Module (Stream 2)?
A: Medical practitioners who have previously been accredited in the Core module are not obliged to attend the Update Module but practitioners are encouraged to update their knowledge of the legislation and changes to interpretation of the Guides.
Q: Can I attend a specialty module if I have not completed the Core Module (Stream 1)?
A: No, all practitioners must complete the Core Module (Stream 1) prior to attending a specialty module.
Q: Do I have to do the update Core Module if I want to do Stream 2 (Update) Module(s)?
A: No, the Update Core Module is not compulsory. The Update Core Module (Stream 2) is available for medical practitioners who have previously been accredited in the core module who want to update their knowledge of the legislation and changes to interpretation of the Guides.
Q: I've already done the impairment assessment training a few years ago, why do I have to attend again?
A: The Update Modules (Stream 2) are available for medical practitioners who have previously been accredited who want to update their knowledge of the legislation and changes to interpretation of the Guides.
Q: I don't want to conduct impairment assessments. I just want to learn about it. Can I still attend the training?
A: Yes, there is no obligation to conduct impairment assessments after you have completed this training.
Q: Who conducts the training?
A: Each module is delivered by specialist medical practitioners with current accreditation and experience in impairment assessment within the specialty.
Q: I am an AMA Member. Do I get a discount in the fees?
A: No, as this is a State Government tendered program offered through AMA Victoria it is not subject to a different fee structure for AMA Victoria members.
Q: How many Specialty Modules can I do?
A: There is no limit on the amount of specialty modules that can be undertaken.
Q: Can I attend other specialty modules being offered at the training even if it is not my specialty in the medical field?
A: Yes.
Q: Am I qualified to conduct impairment assessments interstate or overseas after I complete the training?
A: No. This training program is based on the requirements of Victorian legislation. If you wish to perform impairment assessments in other states or countries you need to participate in specific training programs relevant to that state or country.
AMA Victoria presents this Ministerially approved training program in the application of the American Medical Association Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment (4th Edition), (AMA 4 Guides), for the Department of Treasury and Finance in accordance with Section 91(1)(b) of the Accident Compensation Act 1985, Section 46A(2)(b) of the Transport Accident Act 1986 and for the purposes of Part VBA of the Wrongs Act 1958 (personal injury)