About the Program

About the program

AMA Training, in partnership with AMA NSW and AMA Victoria, delivers courses in Impairment Assessment using the NSW workers compensation guidelines for the evaluation of permanent impairment 4th edition (the Guidelines), the American Medical Association Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment 5th Edition (AMA5) and other training material developed by Safe Work Australia

Courses provide participants with a comprehensive understanding of the Guidelines and AMA5 as a methodology for determining Permanent Impairment of an individual, a thorough knowledge of terminology and principles of impairment assessment evaluation as specified in the Guidelines and the ability to achieve consistency in interpretation and application of the Guidelines.

The training involves completing a core module and at least one specialty module. The core module covers the key concepts of impairment assessment and the requirements of the legislation. Specialty modules are chosen on the basis of the individual’s qualifications, training and experience and the types of impairment assessment the practitioner wishes to undertake.

The successful completion of the Core module and at least one specialty module is one of the criteria that a prospective impairment assessor must meet in order to apply to be listed on the SIRA workers compensation website.

Although the training is developed for delivery to Specialist Medical Practitioners wishing to become listed assessors of permanent impairment with SIRA workers compensation, other parties such as General Practitioners, solicitors and insurers are welcome to undertake the training to better understand the assessment and reports of permanent impairment.

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible for listing as a trained assessor of permanent impairment an applicant must:

  • be a medical practitioner with current registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
  • be recognised as a medical specialist and remunerated at specialist rates under Medicare
  • have qualifications, training and experience relevant to each body system for which permanent impairment listing is sought
  • have undertaken the NSW workers compensation core training modules in the evaluation of permanent impairment and been assessed as competent in each body system(s) for which listing is sought
  • comply with the ‘Service standards for assessors of permanent impairment’ section of this document.

General Practitioners are not eligible to be listed as a trained assessor of permanent impairment for SIRA workers compensation.

For information about how to become a trained assessor of permanent impairment and how to apply to be listed on the SIRA Workers Compensation website, please click HERE