Training and Assessment

Using the AMA Guides 4th Edition and Prescribed methods, as applied to relevant Victorian legislation.

AMA Victoria is delivering courses to enable medical practitioners to assess impairments for TAC, WorkCover and for the purposes of Part VBA of the Wrongs Act 1958 (personal injury).

The core module (Program) and at least one elective must be completed. Electives are chosen on the basis of specialties and the types of impairment assessment expected to be performed. The core modules cover the legal aspects of impairment assessment and the requirements of the different legislation.

Medical practitioners who have previously been accredited in any module can undertake an update program for that module (Program). Update modules focus on ensuring knowledge of the legislation is current and updating participants in changes to interpretation of the Guides.

Module Delivery

Each module is delivered by specialist medical practitioners with current accreditation and experience in impairment assessment within the specialty.

Initial modules (Stream 1) are delivered as lectures, with models, case studies and group discussion. They are prepared for an entry level of understanding of the AMA 4 Guides and relevant legislation. Stream 1 modules last between 2 and 4 hours.

Presentation for Stream 2 is directed at a more advanced level of knowledge, and focus more on group learning activities using discussion on recent case studies, models and vignettes to incorporate shared learning principles. Modules for Stream 2 are between 2 and 3 hours long.

Resources

Training content and resources are developed by Specific Reference Groups for each specialty to align the role of the impairment assessor in an Australian clinical context with the requirements of the AMA 4 Guides.

All program participants receive:

  • A comprehensive course handbook
  • Module pre-reading materials upon registration
  • A copy of all course materials
  • Post program evaluation and feedback
  • A formal case study for completion of the assessment process
  • Certificate of Competency
  • Ongoing update materials in their chosen format

Assessment

Assessment is on the basis of an impairment assessment case study given to participants at the end of each module. The case study’s assessed level of impairment is completed and returned to AMA Victoria within one month of course attendance.

All participants submitting a case study for assessment will receive feedback from the module trainer in the forms of a general case study information sheet and individual feedback on their submitted case study

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 spinal 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)