Dr Peter Sharman
Director/Consultant Occupational Physician
MBBS FAFOEM FAICD
Dr Sharman is a fellow of the Australasian Faculty of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. He has worked in the field of occupational medicine for more than 25 years. He is passionate about making improvements to our workers compensation system to achieve better health outcomes for those unfortunate to be injured at work.
After studying medicine at the University of Adelaide, he commenced his occupational career as the on-site doctor on Hydro Tasmania’s West Coast Construction in the mid-1980’s. He went on to a managerial role in workplace health & safety with the Hydro, before branching out into rehabilitation management in his own business during the 1990’s. For the last 20 years Dr Sharman has worked as a Consultant Occupational Physician in Hobart.
For further information about Dr Sharman’s career as an occupational physician, here is a link to an article on his blog: Occupational Medicine – ‘Why Do I Do It’ !
- Complex Case Management includes a summary of his work history
- How to Communicate Effectively with GPs includes advice for rehabilitation providers about how to communicate with doctors
Dr Sharman has expertise in the management of musculoskeletal injuries and occupational diseases with a particular interest in low back pain, upper extremity pain related to use of computers, occupational respiratory disorders and the management of rehabilitation programmes. He is an experienced independent medical examiner and an accredited impairment assessor with competency to assess upper and lower limb, spinal, nervous system, ENT (including hearing), respiratory and skin impairments.
Between 2014 and 2016 Dr Sharman convened the Tasmanian AMA’s Worker’s Compensation Subcommittee and a series of meetings with insurers to develop submissions to Government and WorkCover with the aim of improving the operation of the workers compensation system in Tasmania. In 2014 he was invited to join Safe Work Australia’s advisory group on GP engagement in RTW and in March 2017 was appointed as the representative of the Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) on the Safe Work Australia National Permanent Impairment Coordinating Committee. He has continued in the role as the RACP/AFOEM nominee on the WorkCover Tasmania Medical Advisory Panel in 2018.
Dr Helen McArdle
Consultant Occupational Physician
MBBS MPH FAFOEM FRACMA FAICD
Dr McArdle is a fellow of both the Australasian Faculty of Occupational and Environmental Medicine and the
oyal Australasian College of Medical Administrators. She has worked in the field of occupational medicine for more than 30 years
Dr McArdle is a local Tasmanian medical graduate and following the completion of a Master of Public Health qualification from Sydney University she commenced working in occupational medicine at the State Electricity Commission of Victoria. She subsequently worked in private occupational medicine practice for a variety of organizations within Victoria
On returning to Hobart Dr McArdle worked in both occupational medicine and medical administration for the Royal Hobart Hospital. Her main areas of interest include mental health in the workplace, blood borne viruses and occupational dermatitis. She also has an interest in doctors health particularly in the assisting doctors to return to work following a period of absence.