A couple of matters that might be of interest:
Workers Compensation Certificates
WorkCover Tasmania is interested feedback about medical certificates. They are undertaking a review of the medical certificate that is used for workers compensation in Tasmania.
A recent email from Damian Davidson states:
” As part of this project, Tasmanian has joined a working group established by the Heads of Workers Compensation Authorities (HWCA) and comprised of other states and territories to develop a National Certificate of Capacity.
Whilst as yet no decision has been made to adopt the national certificate of capacity in Tasmania, the benefits of aligning with other states and territories and adopting the National Certificate of Capacity will be strongly considered.”
Further he advised:
“Feedback from these consultations has been included in the latest version of the National Certificate of Capacity prototype which concurrently seeks to address necessary legislative and regulatory requirements, reduce red tape for users of the certificate (e.g. GPs, employees, employers and insurers) and align with and promote the principles of health benefits of work and return to work.
It is also relevant to note that the form has been designed with the potential transition to a digital/electronic format in future (in Tasmania it is planned to integrate any new certificate into medical practice software).”
WorkCover are seeking feedback from users of the workers compensation medical certificate in Tasmania, in relation to whether the National Certificate of Capacity prototype is suitable for the Tasmanian situation.
Contact Damian Davidson on (03) 6166 4619 or email Damian.Davidson@justice.tas.gov.au
National Permanent Impairment Coordinating Committee Meeting
The next meeting of this SafeWork Australia Committee group will be held by teleconference on the afternoon of Wednesday 21 August. Helen McArdle is the AMA’s representative and I represent RACP. If you are interested to know more contact me on 0419881519.