A permanent impairment assessor is a registered medical practitioner recognised as a specialist with qualifications, training and experience relevant to the body system being assessed.
An assessor must be listed on our website as a trained assessor of permanent impairment for each body system they intend assessing.
Becoming an assessor of permanent impairment outlines the process and requirements to become listed as an assessor of permanent impairment. Applicants may apply to be listed using the assessor of permanent impairment application.
You can use our online tool to find a permanent assessor (or to see who's listed).
Assessors may be one of the injured worker's treating specialists or engaged on behalf of the injured worker, employer or insurer for the purposes of assessing the level of permanent impairment.
In assessing permanent impairment, the assessor must determine:
- whether the injured worker's condition has resulted in impairment
- whether the condition has reached maximum medical improvement
- whether the impairment is permanent
- the degree of permanent impairment that results from the injury
- the proportion of permanent impairment due to any previous injury, pre-existing condition or abnormality
Training in the evaluation of permanent impairment
Solutions Plus Training is providing training in the evaluation of permanent impairment in the NSW workers compensation system. Solutions Plus Training is AMA Victoria’s education and training business unit. They are partnering with AMA NSW to deliver the training.
Information is available on the AMA website.
For more information or to register for training, please contact Solutions Plus Training on 03 9280 8722 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
See our workers compensation disputes section for more information about the disputes process and the help that’s available.
Permanent impairment guidelines - Table 4.2 interpretation
SIRA has received inquiries and feedback from various stakeholders regarding the interpretation and application of 'Table 4.2 - Modifiers for DRE categories following surgery' in the NSW workers compensation guidelines for the evaluation of permanent impairment 4th edition.
Clarification is available to help interpret and apply Table 4.2.
The 2017 Medical Examinations and Report Fees Order sets the rates payable to assessors of permanent impairment.
These documents also provide additional information:
- Guidelines for the evaluation of permanent impairment (effective 1 April 2016)
- Summary of changes to permanent impairment guidelines
- Guidelines for the evaluation of permanent impairment (until 31 March 2016)
- Guidelines for claiming workers compensation
- Workers compensation guide for medical practitioners
- Medical Examinations and Reports Fees Order 2016
- Medical Examinations and Reports Fees Order 2016 No.2 (May 2016)