Workers compensation bulletin - issue 33

In this edition: One certificate reducing red tape for doctors from 1 December.

One certificate reducing red tape for doctors from 1 December

From 1 December 2017, one common SIRA certificate will be available for treating doctors working with claimants in the NSW workers compensation system and the compulsory third party (CTP) Green Slip scheme.

While the workers compensation certificate of capacity content remains essentially the same, it will look a little different to accommodate the new CTP Green Slip certificate of fitness information.

The new CTP Green Slip scheme starts on 1 December 2017. Patients who have been injured in a motor accident in NSW on or after this date will need a certificate of fitness every 28 days to receive ongoing medical and income payments.

The dual SIRA certificate of capacity/certificate of fitness will be available on our website from 1 December 2017.

SIRA has requested integration of the new certificate of capacity/certificate of fitness into GP practice management software applications. Both insurance schemes will, however, accept the old and new versions of the certificates for the first six months of 2018.

More changes are planned in the future with the development of an e-certificate. Previous GP feedback and suggestions for improvements to the certificate of capacity will be incorporated where possible into the e-certificate.