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Impairment Assessment Training (AMA4)

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

Courses will provide participants with a comprehensive understanding of the AMA Guides 4th Edition as a methodology for determining impairment of an individual with a permanent medical condition, a thorough knowledge of terminology and principles of impairment assessment evaluation as specified in the Guides and the ability to achieve consistency in interpretation and application of the guides.

The core module and at least one elective must be completed. Electives are chosen on the basis of your specialty and the types of impairment assessment you expect to perform. The core module covers the legal aspects of impairment assessment and the requirements of the different legislation.

Medical practitioners who have previously been accredited in the core module and a specialty can do an update program – Stream 2. Update courses focus on ensuring legislation knowledge is current and participants are updated in changes to interpretation of the Guides.

Module Delivery

Each module is delivered by a specialist medical practitioner 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 discussions, directed at an entry level of understanding of the AMA 4 Guides and relevant legislation. The length of training for Stream 1 modules is between 2 and 4 hours.

Update modules (Stream 2) are for currently accredited assessors with a more advanced level of knowledge. Learning focuses on group learning activities using discussion of case studies, models and vignettes. Modules for Stream 2 last between 2 and 3 hours.

Course Program Information

Full details including course information and registration is available on the AMA 4 Guides Impairment Assessment Training website.

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 and Section 46A(2)(b) of the Transport Accident Act 1986.

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