re-appointment of Independent medical examiners
WorkSafe Victoria has recently completed a recruitment campaign to appoint and reappoint Independent Medical Examiners, which required surgeons to meet a new selection criteria. This process commenced in November and after applications closed in January a number of surgeons have been advised they do not meet the criteria and WorkSafe is proposing to reject their application.
However, it may be that some surgeons have misinterpreted the criteria and after further consultation with WorkSafe we would like to further clarify what the following criteria means;
c) the practitioner
a. currently undertakes a minimum of 8 hours direct clinical care each week, which is aligned to their chosen discipline for providing a specialist opinion as an IME; and
b. was engaged in active surgical practice within the last 10 years
Essentially this criteria requires the applicant is within 10 year of surgical practice (i.e the last time they operated) and that they still undertake at least 8 hours of direct clinical hours per week. This could include non-operative consulting, treating old and new patients, providing second opinions, or have a hospital appointment.
There is no doubt even with this further clarification a number of surgeons who applied will be affected by the changes. If you believe this changes your application or the proposed decision by WorkSafe please contact Sadie D’Arcy at WorkSafe at email@example.com by 5pm on Wednesday 11th April 2018.